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REMARKABLE RAPTORS II  (2020)


Hardcover

Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm 68 Pages

ISBN Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781715662677 Publish Date Oct 16, 2020

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Softcover or Ebook

Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm 68 Pages

ISBN Softcover: 9781715939656 Publish Date Oct 16, 2020

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Foreword


Raptors are amongst some of Australia’s most amazing birds – from the smallest, the Australian Kestrel to the largest, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. We have 24 species and each has its own character, habitat, and style of hunting. Many are becoming rarer and rarer due to the changes in our world such as deforestation and the ever-increasing human population having more and more impact on our environment.

For this very reason, Remarkable Raptors It is a must for all readers; not just those into birds but for all that care about our environment and the creatures we share it with. Ákos came to Australia more than 35 years ago and during that time he has become a world class photographer, particularly with Australian birds of prey.

This wonderful book highlights so well his talents in his journey of wonder. Ákos finds beauty in the way a White-breasted Sea-Eagle hunts and beauty in a Black-shouldered Kite with its silky white plumage, and grace in the Pacific Baza with those huge yellow eyes. His passion is captured here to enthral the reader and remind us just how lucky we are to have such incredible birds like these, still surviving in numbers, if you know where to look. In this ever-changing world the amazing photographs and informative text within this volume gives the reader an insight into the passion of this driven man. He shares the wonders of nature and some of those wonderful creatures, with which we humans are so privileged to share space. Having been in the Australian bush for more than sixty years I would like to congratulate Ákos on this fine and informative work for anyone that enjoys our birds.

I totally recommend it to people from all walks of life. In future times these records and photographs will be an important part of history for all.


John Young

Re-Discoverer of the Night Parrot





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REMARKABLE RAPTORS  (2017)


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