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Bird’s-Eye View

Written by Maria Gill

Bird’s-Eye View is not just another New Zealand bird book. This book reveals exactly what 13 native birds see in their natural habitats via stunning panoramic images comparing these views with what humans can see. The text also explores the other senses birds use to survive, relating this to what they eat, where they live, how they get about and how they protect themselves from danger. 

Information in the book is right up to date and supplied by a world expert on avian vision. Each double-page spread features a scene of what a bird can see in its natural environment. Hold the book up and curl it around your head. Now you have a bird s-eye view!




Paperback, 32 pages

Recommended Price: NZ$ 19.95

ISBN Number: 9780143318439

Published June 2006,

A Picture Puffin book, Penguin Books New Zealand

The story behind the pictures

One of the unique features of this book is the super-wide angle view of vision that is shown for each bird. Almost all of the birds featured have vision that is much wider than human vision and some can even see their own tails!

Darryl took a number of individual pictures and made a digital montage of the view from each individual bird’s perspective. One of the final images consists of over 140 individual photographs. Not only is the angel of view unique for each species, but the environment—underwater, at ground level, on the back of a cow—are all different for each species.

What reviewers have said.....

... a unique book that will interest young and adult readers alike and draw them back again and again wanting more.

Well done to Puffin for producing such a unique, quality book. Bird’s-Eye View provides an entirely new perspective on the way birds live.

Carolyn Langenhoven,

If you are interested at all in NZ birds then have a look at this book and be prepared to be amazed.

Graham Beattie’s Book Blog



This book was shortlisted for the

LIANZA Elsie Locke Award in 2007

Link to authors website. "Maria Gill"