by Brutus Ostling, Susanne Akesson


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What is it about penguins that makes them so lovable? Perhaps we identify with their almost-human gait on land, or their ability to survive in the harshest of climates, or their extremely social nature.

Penguins is the rare book that combines a fabulous visual study of these creatures with up-to-date information on all seventeen species, from the largest (Emperor Penguin) to the tiniest (the aptly named Little Penguin). Through the text and pictures, the reader will learn all about life in their colonies, and how they live on land and sea, raise and feed their chicks, and manage their long, annual migrations.

Brutus Östling's amazing photography completely captures the nature of these creatures. Looking at the images makes one feel as if the birds were posing for the camera; Östling has a knack for capturing them in the most natural of settings, going about their daily activities, at work or at play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061198588
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 742,589
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brutus Östling is a freelance photographer and publisher. A member of PhotoNatura, he has contributed photo features around the world. His unique sense of composition, light, and the bird's personality make him a unique bird photographer, and he has been awarded "Nature Photographer of the Year" in his native Sweden. This is Brutus's second book for Collins, following Between the Wingtips (2006).

Susanne Åkesson, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Animal Ecology, Lund University, in Sweden. She teaches evolutionary animal ecology and ornithology and does research in animal migration and navigation. She also does popular science programs for Swedish radio and writes for various journals and magazines.

Table of Contents

Preface     6
Penguin Distribution     8
Life in the Sea     30
Life in the Colony     60
Raising Chicks     86
Food from the Ocean     114
Penguin Migration     144
Unstable Population     164
An Introduction to Penguin Species     184
Photographer's Acknowledgments and Comments     190
Author's Acknowledgments and References     190
Travel Tips     191
List of Species     191

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