Eric Hosking’s Birds by Eric Hosking with Kevin MacDonnell

Eric Hosking’s Birds by Eric Hosking with Kevin MacDonnell lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Pelham Books, 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Front: Barn Owl; Rear: Blue Tit. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: Eric Hosking is known to many as the worlds most celebrated bird photographer. In 80 colour photographs and over200 black and white, superbly reproduced, this book records the achievement of his fifty years of outstanding photography.

Eric Hoskings early days, when the pioneer work of the Kearton brothers was his chief inspiration, saw much struggle and hard work, and success mixed with disappointment. He has seen the transition from limited and cumbersome equipment to modern miniature cameras with all their sophistication. Many modifications, particularly in high-speed flash work, he himself pioneered. Through all the years patience, determination, stamina and often bravery have combined with his special eye for a bird to produce some of the rarest and most visually remarkable bird photographs ever seen.

Many of his most famous pictures are reproduced here: the hovering cock nightjar, the snowy owls, the Spanish Imperial eagle, and the colour close-up of the eagle owls face. Here too are several sequences rarely seen in full: the young cuckoo ejecting the eggs from its foster-parents nest, the greenshank shell-disposal the Galapagos cormorants courtship dance, and the series of the barn owl returning to its nest which culminates in the most famous photograph of all, the barn owl in heraldic pose grasping a vole in its bill.

The technology and art of Eric Hoskings photography over fifty years are described in an introductory chapter. An appendix gives technical details of the photographs. The text gives an insight into the photographers view of his subjects as he waits and works alone with his camera. It is this close understanding of wildlife, built up over the years, together with Eric Hoskings great skill in applying photographic techniques, which has resulted in

Introduction by: Roger Tory Peterson

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper nicked at the top corner of the lower panel.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. 11″ x 8¾”.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Ornithology category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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