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Barn Owl [Hardcover]

David Chandler
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25 Feb 2011
Barn Owls are magnificent birds. Whether drifting effortlessly through fading daylight or punctuating the black of night, they always stop observers in their tracks. The sight of a ghostly Barn Owl quartering a field at dusk is not one that is easily forgotten, but the day-to-day lives of these captivating birds are little known to most people. In this book, insightful text coupled with rarely seen images of the species life and behaviour introduce the reader to some of the most fascinating aspects of a remarkable nocturnal existence. There are chapters on subjects such as hunting, courtship and survival, as well as the species distribution, which covers much of the world, and its closest relatives. The Barn Owl is further brought to life through a series of personal anecdotes from the author and photographers, which are woven into the text. The images have been taken by a range of expert wildlife photographers, including Nigel Blake and Mike Read, who have spent many years studying and photographing Barn Owls. The book is part of a series that also includes the title Kingfisher and forthcoming Peregrine Falcon (due Spring 2012).

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (25 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847737684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847737687
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars My fifth book on the Barn Owl 8 Oct 2011
There can be few birds in Europe that have attracted authors' interest as much as the Barn Owl, and a quick look along my bookshelf reveals no less than five other titles dedicated to the species - the world's most widely distributed land bird. This book provides a general overview of what most people want to know about the species.

It starts with a look at the 18 species that are now considered to sit in the Tytonidae, and then focuses on the Western Barn Owl (as opposed to the populations in Australia and New Guinea - now known as Eastern Barn Owl). Habitats, movements, feeding and breeding are discussed as is the progress from egg to adult, and eventually death.

The book is well-illustrated with around 100 colour photographs. With a couple of exceptions these are pin-sharp and convey the birds' character very well. In particular this book is ideal for somebody wanting a non-technical account of the Barn Owl which is put together in a very readable style and at an affordable price.

Keith Betton
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly evocative! 6 Dec 2012
This is a nicely presented hard-bound book; full of wonderful photographs of the Western Barn Owl. The pictures are supported by a crisp text, which gives you a deep appreciation for this species, albeit an introductory book. It's also part of a series of books and the others promise to as good!!
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Clear concise look at one of the most widely dispersed owls, finding out things that will amaze and entertain you. Any owl
lover must have this on their bookshelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good read 19 July 2014
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Good Book, a good insight into the life of Barn Owls
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5.0 out of 5 stars barn owl 29 Dec 2013
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this is a gift for my brother in law who collects anything to do with Owls ad he loves it
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