96 pages, 345 x 255 mm
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest true eagle and one of our few large predators and scavengers. Like the other large eagles of the world, it has exceptional powers of flight and sight. A master of the sky, it is both revered and reviled.
Spirit of the Wedge-tailed Eagle is the culmination of four decades of intimate study of this iconic bird by Australia’s leading bird painter, Humphrey Price-Jones. It includes more than 30 magnificent full-colour paintings as well as many of his working drawings. The intricately detailed renditions of each feather and the exquisite depiction of the beaks and feet give an incredible sense of the bird. The book also provides a fascinating insight into the passion that Humphrey Price-Jones has for the species and the process by which he approaches his work.
This lavish compilation of illustrations of the Wedge-tailed Eagle from chick to adult is superbly complemented by an engaging and informative text compiled by Dr Penny Olsen, a leading raptor specialist.
The world of eagles
Eagles in action
"This book is a beautiful symbiosis of an artist/eagle enthusiast, and a raptor biologist. No doubt the book will appeal greatly to eagle-lovers and to devotees of wildlife art." Stephen Debus, Australian Field Ornithology, No.25, 2008
"Full of big bold paintings of big bold eagles, this book is a fitting tribute to both the eagle and the artist." WINGSPAN, December 2007
Humphrey Price-Jones is an internationally renowned wildlife painter, who has held many solo exhibitions throughout Australia. He has been awarded The Rural Bank Prize for Landscape Painting at the Sydney Royal Show and The Sydney Waratah Festival Prize for Landscape Painting. Between 1988 and 1991 he completed 100 paintings of birds and mammals commissioned by Lord McAlpine of West Green. His work is represented in private and public collections in Australia, UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East (in the collection of the Emir of Bahrain). Cable Beach Resort, Broome, Western Australia holds a permanent collection and exhibition of his work.
Penny Olsen AM is one of the world’s foremost authorities on raptors, and has contributed several chapters to the Handbook of Australian New Zealand and Antarctic Birds Vol 2 Raptors to Lapwings (OUP 1993) and Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol II (Lynx Editions 1994). She has worked in the field on various birds of prey for nearly three decades, and published several books, including Australian Birds of Prey (UNSW Press 1995), Feather and Brush: Three Centuries of Australian Bird Art (CSIRO Publishing 2001) and Wedge-tailed Eagle (CSIRO Publishing 2006). Currently she edits Wingspan, the quarterly membership magazine of Birds Australia, Australia’s national birding organisation and oldest conservation organization. In 2004, she was awarded an H.L. White Fellowship at the National Library to research a book on the extinct Paradise Parrot, Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (National Library of Australia 2007).