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Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. The Empire of the Eagle, unlike any previous volume, encompasses each of the world's sixty-eight currently recognized eagle species, from the huge Steller's Sea Eagle that soars above Japan's winter ice floes to the diminutive Little Eagle that hunts over the Australian outback. Mike Unwin's vivid and authoritative descriptions combined with stunning photographs taken or curated by David Tipling deliver a fascinating and awe-inspiring volume.
Featuring chapters organized by habitat, The Empire of the Eagle investigates the lifestyle and unique adaptations of each eagle species, as well as the significance of eagles in world cultures and the threats they face from humans. A gorgeous appreciation of eagles, this book will dazzle both eye and imagination.
Mike Unwin is a celebrated wildlife and travel writer, known for his books and journalism. Also a photographer, illustrator, and popular speaker, he lives in Brighton, UK. David Tipling is renowned for his wildlife photographs and writings and is coauthor of the critically acclaimed Birds & People. He lives in Norfolk, UK.
"The term Eagle brings with it a certain majesty and respect, an allure that the authors have captured through amazing pictures and illustrative anecdotes and historical reverence [...] It brings to light the need for awareness and education if we hope to continue to appreciate the species we have."
– Brett Ewald, Program Director, Cape May Bird Observatory
"A delightful book, full of amazing photographs and interesting new information on taxonomy and behavior"
– Stephen Bodio, author of An Eternity of Eagles: The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World
"A singular effort. Unwin and Tipling have assembled a spectacular account of the eagles of the world. The vitality and beauty of these species are powerfully conveyed in the photographs with narrative accounts celebrating their irreplaceable presence throughout the natural world."
– Tony Angell, author of The House of Owls and co-author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens