Gorman - The complete penguin
In a tribute to one of nature's most curious creatures,
The complete penguin journeys to Antarctica to
explore the inner secrets of the penguin colony. In a witty
but authoritative text, author James Gorman has combined
first-hand experience, natural history and personal observation
in one affectionate, informative volume.
Complemented by superb colour photographs from Frans Lanting,
one of the world's leading wildlife photographers, James
Gorman takes us on a romp through the favourite haunts of
the penguin and en route explodes many of the myths about
this bird. He examines the ins and outs and ups and downs
of their lifestyle, and explains how they survive in their
complex, rowdy, gregarious community. We learn how they
meet, mix, mate and mature. We witness the dangerous life
of the penguin chick. And we look at the true penguin: an
incredibly graceful sea creature who actually flies underwater,
using wings, not feet, to propel itself along.
James Gorman also investigates the evolution of the centuries-old
relationship between penguins and people, in the course
of which this delightful bird has been unfortunately eaten,
seriously studied, captured, taken to zoos and finally visited
in its natural habitat by tourists.
The complete penguin is a verbal and visual celebration
of a much-loved, unique personality from the natural world.
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