There is no shortage of books about barn owls, but until now none has done them visual justice. This slim but handsome volume fills that gap --BBC Wildlife magazine,1 April 2011
A must for anyone interested in the Barn Owl! --guardian.co.uk, 10 April 2011
A superb book that should be on everyone's bookshelf and a story of our time in terms of wildlife and conservation.
--North Star newspaper, Scotland, 7 April 2011
This book gives fascinating glimpses into the mysterious world of barn owls. The owl found in the UK is the main star, but the lives of other barn owl species are also explored. Well illustrated with photographs. --Birds magazine, 1 May 2011
Barn Owl captures the excitement created by these flying white ghosts as they acrobatically hunt over grassland..A worthy follow up to his book about kingfishers. Profusely illustrated and great value. --Bromley Times, 12 May 2011
The writing is both concise and detailed but not too `heavy' or academic and the book should therefore appeal to a broad readership.
The book deserves particular praise for avoiding any hint of Anglocentrism. The numerous references to Barn Owl studies across Europe and particularly in North America give the book a commendably international feel and also draw out interesting differences between populations in size, plumage, food preferences and movements. There are, for example, a number of good photographs of Dutch Dark-breasted Barn Owls.
In summary, this is an excellent introduction to the Barn Owl. With large, clear, readable text and an abundance of photographs, it is a highly accessible book that represents good value for money. --British Birds, May 2011
Why should you buy this? Firstly, it is beautifully illustrated will numerous colour photographs which should satisfy even the most demanding `Tytophile', each showing a different aspect of the owls' lives and behaviours. Secondly, the writing is far from cursory. David Chandler presents the facts in a very thorough yet readable style and looks at Barn Owls across their entire world range, rather than concentrating solely on the UK's birds. An excellent and attractive distillation of what is known about this iconic species. --British Trust for Ornithology Book Reviews
Containing insightful text coupled with stunning images, often of rarely seen aspects of the Barn Owl's life and behaviour, this book introduces you to the fascinating world of this remarkable bird....written for anyone in Europe or North America who wants to know more about the Barn Owl - an easy to read, enlightening biography. (The author) is to be congratulated for a lively, informative, visually attentive biography of one of the world's most loved bird species --surfbirds.com 17 June 2011
My first impression of David Chandler's book is the stunning photography of the very photogenic barn owl. The quality and reproduction is quite outstanding....Full marks to all the photographers, the publisher and the author. --Peregrine Magazine, Autumn 2011
"Slender but formidable...lavish illustrations...a vast survey of the species - everything from taxonomy to physiology to diet to reproduction to conservation."
--10000birds.com, 14 Oct 2011
David Chandler is based in Histon, Cambridge, and has worked for the RSPB and BirdLife International for nearly 20 years. He is now a freelance writer and ornithologist and has authored a number of titles, including the All About Bugs and All About Garden Wildlife for New Holland. Nigel Blake is a professional photographer based in Bigglewade, Bedfordshire, whose work is known to many people through publication of his images in books and magazines. He has been fascinated by Barn Owls for many years and spent many months studying and photographing them.