Remarkable Raptors - Ákos Lumnitzer


Hardcover
Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm 68 Pages
ISBN Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781389518812
Publish Date Oct 15, 2017
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Softcover or Ebook
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm 68 Pages
ISBN Softcover: 9781389518683
Publish Date Oct 15, 2017
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Foreword

In today’s digital world, there are a lot of very good bird photographers. Among this considerable coterie, there are a few who stand out above the crowd. Ákos Lumnitzer is undoubtedly one of those.

Ákos arrived in Australia from Hungary 32 years ago with a great love and understanding of the natural world but no knowledge at all of photography. That would not be long in coming. He is a quick learner and, once he realised that the way to share his love was through photography, the skills came rapidly. Birds of prey are his particular passion and he was soon producing superb pictures; portraits, flight shots, studies of nests and studies of young. His flight work, in particular, is brilliant, the best that I have ever seen of many species. Amazingly, of the 19 species he has studied so far, the vast majority of them have been photographed within the confines of urban Sydney.

Now Ákos has followed with brief but lucid chapters on the groups and species which he has studied so far; short pen portraits which not only complement the photographs but also tell a story and show that here is a man who wants to stay and watch his birds, seeing what they do, rather than merely identifying them and moving on. Here too, the author recounts how he went about his tasks, a fascinating aside to the main account.

‘Remarkable Raptors’ is not, however, just a book of wonderful pictures with a commentary. It is a very personal account of a man and his beliefs and behind it lies a strong implicit message that modern man has lost contact with the natural world to which, like it or not, he belongs. Ákos is one who can see this all too clearly and, by his writing and pictures, is striving to bring people to re-connect. This brief but beautiful work has been an inspiration to me and should be seen and enjoyed by a range of people far beyond the bird world.

David Hollands
Orbost, Victoria 2017