(EBOOK/PDF) [The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds] ò Leigh Calvez
Only about a third of this book is about owls at most another third is about the author and another is ratuitous musings the editor if any neglected to excise There are no photos or drawings of the owls or their habitats nor of the people or paraphernalia described in muddled detai Each chapter has a handsome but iconic drawing of each owl that would be very nice on a calendar but don t convey the particular spirit of the i particular owl portrayed Finally the writing is a slog It you re curious about these awesome creatures there are much better alternatives I really enjoyed this book It felt like a Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, gentle step into the life of the woman writing it and also into the lives of the birds that she found I liked the personal comments she made about herself as she worked and learned to see these birds For those who didn t like her personal reflections maybe the problem was in the title referring to the science of these owls Anyone can pick up a bird book and read about the details of a particular bird which this does have but really what I liked was this woman s story as she visited and in some cases worked with some of the experts in the field I could relate to those feelings and enjoyed settling in and reading about the birds and her She did not write this as an expert but as someone fascinated with owls and interested in learning and experiencing their lives I didn tet bored I like the word The Oracles Golem (The Oracle gentle to describe what she has created here This is a delightful book for anyone who loves the raptors Naturalist Leigh Calvez describes her several adventures seeking to sight a variety of owl species in and around her home in Washington State and beyond In some cases sh. Embark on an adventure into the world of owls owl watching avian and the deep forest Leigh Calvez pursues nine different owl species including thereat horned
(EBOOK/PDF) The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds ò Leigh Calvez
Eared Owls and Great Gray OwlsI learned a fair amount For example I had never read before or if I did it had not stuck that the disk like face of most owls funnels sound to their ears which are asymmetrically placed one higher than the other this enables owls to better pinpoint prey in three dimensions during their nighttime hunting Pygmy Owls which are daytime predators rely on sight than hearing and they don t have the facial disk common to most owls I also learned about the asynchronous hatching practiced by most owls They do not postpone incubation until all the eggs in the clutch are laid instead they begin to incubate each egg immediately after it is laid with the result that chicks in the same nest can be up to two weeks apart in age and developmentI have several uibbles with the book For my preferences Calvez tends too much towards anthropomorphism as if the owls she is watching think like her and have feelings like her The book also is a tad too personal and sentimental for my taste The writing is congenial but at times rather mindless for example we are told that with life in the wild there are no Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations guarantees and in describing a climb up a steep slope Calvez writes I slipped and slid one step forward and two steps back How then did she make it to the top Finally I find the subtitle of the book The Science and Spirit of Nature s Most Elusive Birds rather fatuous Still and all I enjoyed the book An easy read but not as complete as I d hoped The authorives a lot of personal info names places reactions and anecdotal info but leaves out many species Primarily about Oregon Washington her home on Bainbridge Island and Alaska A chatty saunter through the inf. Tures in the field The author entertainingly explores the uestions about the human animal connection owl obsession habitat owl calls social behaviour and mytholo.
E tags along with the pros helping to net and band the birds from tiny Screech Owls to Snowy Owls and Great Greys There are astounding facts on every page and commentary concerning species survival as ecological niches are affected by human populations She is a bit too sentimental about her subjects perhaps in attributing human ualities but that is easily forgiven in this informative and enjoyable book Owls have a special place in our household To begin with we live on Owl Creek Road Scattered throughout the house are a dozen or so figures of owls in wood stone and ceramic as well as a few drawings of owls Owls are in the neighborhood and recently as I stepped out the back door a Screech Owl lided down no than two feet over my head and perched in a pion about fifteen feet away So THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS was a natural for meWhen author Leigh Calvez became fascinated with owls she began taking trips to see different species often with expert owl naturalists Since Calvez lives in the Pacific Northwest most of those trips took place in that region In THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS Calvez writes about her owling missions and the birds she saw The book is instructive for someone like me who has an affinity for owls but is not very knowledgeable about them Serious students of owls however may find it rather simplistic In addition while Calvez touches upon some of the complicated issues relating to the prospects of long term survival of several owl species she does not discuss any in detailThe owls Calvez writes about are the following Northern Saw Whet Owls Flammulated Owls Snowy Owls Northern Spotted Owls Barred Owls Burrowing Owls Northern Pygmy Owls Long Eared and Short. Potted and snowy Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adven.