By Igor Siwanowicz
This name permits you to zoom in at the world's such a lot remarkable creatures. in the event that your baby will be pint-sized like a pipistrelle bat, or see eye-to-eye with a housefly they'd stumble upon a miniature global of odd physique shapes, bizarre habit, and a few jaw-dropping insights into lifestyles for the very small. because of nature photographer Igor Siwanowicz's fabulous images, they could do exactly that. With those brilliant photographs, they'll see in eye-popping pack up aspect how tiny creatures hunt, feed, movement, live to tell the tale and thrive. There are prevalent creatures like flies and beetles to examine, in addition to unique birds, reptiles, amphibians and rodents. realize what makes them varied and the way they deal with residing in hugely diverse habitats. With Igor's behind the curtain consultant on the right way to photo such tiny beasts, this is often an amazing view of nature in miniature.
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The scientiﬁc name Athene comes from the Greek goddess of wisdom, and owls appear all-knowing, with their penetrating stare. In reality, they have a rather small brain, but this would be of little comfort to the Burrowing owl's victims. This miniature hunter tracks its prey with just as much ferocity and precision as hawks, eagles, and other owls many times its size. Sociable owl While many owls live alone most of the time, Burrowing owls seem to like company. In areas of very good habitat such as fertile prairie, there may be dozens of owls sharing the same extensive burrow system, to which they may continue adding new tunnels, entrances, and chambers over time.
The gerbil's tail is as long as the rest of its body. It serves as a counter balance when the gerbil hops at speed, and can be ﬂicked from side to side to help with fast cornering. Its dark tip is thought to act as a decoy, directing the attention of predators away from the owner's head and body. Gerbils have sharp, stout claws, ideal for digging in the coarse desert soil. The paws are dexterous enough to sort seeds from sand with ease. indd 33 11/11/08 14:46:14 12/11/08 11:47:25 ! )! )/%+! - %((!