Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Creatures

Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Creatures

Igor Siwanowicz

Language: English

Pages: 100

ISBN: 0756656532

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This title lets you zoom in on the world's most incredible creatures. If your child could be pint-sized like a pipistrelle bat, or see eye-to-eye with a housefly they'd encounter a miniature world of strange body shapes, weird and wonderful behavior, and some jaw-dropping insights into life for the very small. Thanks to nature photographer Igor Siwanowicz's incredible photographs, they can do just that. With these astonishing images, they'll see in eye-popping close up detail how tiny creatures hunt, feed, move, survive and thrive. There are familiar creatures like flies and beetles to look at, along with exotic birds, reptiles, amphibians and rodents. Discover what makes them different and how they cope with living in highly varied habitats. With Igor's behind the scenes guide on how to photograph such tiny beasts, this is an awesome view of nature in miniature.

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