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Earthflight: Breathtaking Photographs from a Bird's-Eye View of the World

 
 
Author
John Downer.
Publisher BBC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 11.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781846079733
Pages/Publication Date 240/2011
Daedalus Item Code 61061
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A companion volume to the ground-breaking BBC television series, this book is the result of EarthFlight's pioneering camera techniques, including cameras actually worn by some birds. The more than 200 photos here take you right into their world, whether soaring high over Africa with a sharp-eyed eagle or grazing the surface of a mill stream with a barn swallow in England.

"Using a variety of techniques including hang-gliders, 'bird-shaped model gliders,' and bird-mounted cameras to capture footage of birds in flight, veteran BBC wildlife photographer [John] Downer and his crew spent three-and-a-half years collecting footage for what would become the BBC series EarthFlight. Here, he shares truly stunning images from the program, accompanied by commentary. The photos—of cranes gracefully soaring over the Chateau de Chenonceau in France's Loire Valley, an African eagle beneath a rainbow, migrating geese, tens of thousands of flamingos nesting in South Africa and Kenya, pelicans gobbling up grunion in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, bats seething from Texan caves, gannets in search of food plunging into the Scottish seas, and the brilliantly colored Australian budgies ('nomadic parakeets')—offer extraordinary glimpses of wildlife.... Though the photos are spectacular, the final chapter might be the most remarkable aspect of the book, as Downer details how he and his team captured these amazing shots, as well as discussing the many obstacles they faced. A genuine treasure, Downer's work must be seen to be truly appreciated."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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