Leigh Calvez: The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds



S an affinity for wls but is not very knowledgeable about them Serious students f wls however may find it rather simplistic In addition while Calvez touches upon some f the complicated issues relating to the prospects f long term survival f several wl species she does not discuss any in detailThe wls 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 Eared Owls and Great Gray OwlsI learned a fair amount For example I had never read before r if I did it had not stuck that the disk like face A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of mostwls funnels sound to their ears which are asymmetrically placed ne higher than the ther this enables wls to better pinpoint prey in three dimensions during their nighttime hunting Pygmy Owls which are daytime predators rely n sight than hearing and they don t have the facial disk common to most In the End owls I also learned about the asynchronous hatching practiced by mostwls 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 wls 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 guarantees and in describing a climb up a steep slope Calvez writes I slipped. Potted and snowy Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories f the people who are bsessed with these birds and her wn avian adven.

I really enjoyed this book It felt like a gentle step into the life f the woman writing it and also into the lives f 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 f these wls Anyone can pick up a bird book and read about the details f 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 f 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 The Age of Treachery owls and interested in learning and experiencing their lives I didn t get bored I like the word gentle to describe what she has created here Owls have a special place inur household To begin with we live n Owl Creek Road Scattered throughout the house are a dozen r so figures f wls in wood stone and ceramic as well as a few drawings f wls Owls are in the neighborhood and recently as I stepped Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) out the back door a Screech Owl glided down no than two feetver 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 wls she began taking trips to see different species ften with expert When a Man Loves a Woman owl naturalists Since Calvez lives in the Pacific Northwest mostf those trips took place in that region In THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS Calvez writes about her wling missions and the birds she saw The book is instructive for someone like me who ha. Embark n an adventure into the world f wls Catalogue the Insanity owl watching avian and the deep forest Leigh Calvez pursues nine differentwl species including the great horned

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And slid Shrek one step forward and two steps back How then did she make it to the top Finally I find the subtitlef the book The Science and Spirit f Nature s Most Elusive Birds rather fatuous Still and all I enjoyed the book This is a delightful book for anyone who loves the raptors Naturalist Leigh Calvez describes her several adventures seeking to sight a variety f Look Alikes Jr. owl species in and around her home in Washington State and beyond In some cases she 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 factsn 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 Only about a third f this book is about wls at most another third is about the author and another is gratuitous musings the editor if any neglected to excise There are no photos Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin or drawingsf the wls r their habitats nor He Remembers the Barren of the peopler paraphernalia described in muddled detai Each chapter has a handsome but iconic drawing The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of eachwl that would be very nice Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis on a calendar but don t convey the particular spiritf the i particular wl portrayed Finally the writing is a slog It you re curious about these awesome creatures there are much better alternatives An easy read but not as complete as I d hoped The author gives a lot f personal info names places reactions and anecdotal info but leaves Let the Wolf Howl out many species Primarily about Oregon Washington her homen 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 wl bsession habitat wl calls social behaviour and mytholo.

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