Enter the Realm of the Golden Eagle
By: Ellis, David H.
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 11" X 8.5"
Publication Date: 2013
PR Highlights: Lavishly illustrated anthology on golden eagles
PHOTO Highlights: 400+ illustrations & photos
Description: Including 100 accounts from 48 authors and the images from 21 photographers and 15 artists, this book provides both education and contemplation.
The limited edition book is limited to 50 signed and numbered copies and includes leather binding and slipcase. The spine has five horizontal ridges beneath the leather, used to simulate the bundles of thread that in medieval times were used to sew signatures together, a hand-painted eagle feather on the spine, the slip-case bound in bonded leather, an original watercolor painting of an eagle's head that accompanies each copy (and is removable for framing), the pages are gilt-edged, and an eagle in flight medallion of fine pewter plated with copper, then nickel, then gold, is embossed into the leather cover of the book. The medallion was sculpted by the noted artist, Mark Rossi, especially for the book. Because of the painted feather and the painted eagle head (both by Dr. Ellis), each numbered copy will be unique.
With over 400 images by 21 photographers and 15 artists, and more than 100 accounts by 48 authors representing 20 nations, this book will appeal to both the generalist and the academic. Focusing on teaching everyone to value the eagle and the vast open habitats it needs to survive, and the creatures that share its world, this unique work both celebrates the eagle and attunes readers to the challenges facing this species in the modern world. Along with legendary stories from antiquity are chapters on trained eagles hunting large quarry such as gazelle, deer, foxes, wolves, and even man; eagle research and intelligence; and the eagle in the legend and lore of native peoples worldwide, including the acts by North American First Nations people to obtain coup feathers. An additional chapter outlines ways and means of capturing eagles, including the use of helicopters. The book concludes with chapters on three special trained eagles.
David H. Ellis grew up in eagle country in the Rocky Mountain West and was fascinated by golden eagles from early childhood. His PhD dissertation is the monograph on golden eagle behavior. He has lived in 16 US states and has visited all of them, as well as more than 50 nations, generally in pursuit of bird (mostly raptor) research. These travels involved work with harpy eagles in Central and South America, bald and golden eagles in Alaska and Canada, and golden eagles in the US, Japan, Siberia, and, most of all, Mongolia. His falcon research focused on pallid falcons in Patagonia, saker falcons in Mongolia, and peregrine populations in Arizona. His publications exceed 200 articles, chapters, or books, and include three volumes on crane research.
J.Raptor Res. 48(4):422-423
2014 The Raptor Research Foundation, Inc.
Enter the Realm of the Golden Eagle.
By David H .Ellis. 2013. Hancock House Publishers Ltd., Surrey,BC, Canada, and Blaine, WA, U.S.A.
Enter the Realm of the Golden Eagle is not just a book on the Golden Eagle, but a classic treatise that every raptor specialist will cherish as part of their library. It is very different from any other natural history- book because its foundation is good old-fashioned professional biology written in a beautiful and exciting way that makes it great
reading as well as an excellent reference on this noble species. The title not only reflects the species of interest, but also reflects that the reader will enter the world of the Golden Eagle from afar and at close range while seemingly with the author. The book is large format (8.5 X 11) with over 400 mostly color images by 15 artists and 21 photographers.
There are 18 chapters starting with The Allure of the Eagle and ending with Lothvar's Gifts. Chapter 1 is available for review at the Hancock House website. The final chapter describes the personal gifts given to Ellis from a long-time captive Golden Eagle, Lothvar, and the sometimes emotional relationship bewtween this eagle and the author. Each chapter has from 3 to 10 subchapters. Discussions include wolf-hunting by eagles, driving huge animals over cliffs, cooperative hunting with coyotes, and how biologists capture eagles by pouncing on them during day and night.
Many of the subchapters are written by colleagues of Ellis from many countries, and reflect his world wide exposure to this species, and his relationships with other experts. Ellis writes tributes to some of the pioneers who influenced him, using quotes from their writings. An appendix includes all the scientific names of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants mentioned in the text. A detailed index provides easy access to the many subjects and persons that will be of value for future reference. Many of the chapters have extensive references for documentation and further study bv the reader. Some o f the chapters deal with details of the eagle as a uniquely predatory bird. The detailed descriptions of three-inch talons digging deeply into wrists and thighs of the human bander or handler might be hard reading for a modern-day couch potato who doesn't look deeper into a predatory bird's lifestyle. Ellis' personal ethics for interacting with wildlife are passed on to the reader in a subtle, but sometimes very direct manner. He mentions John James Audubon's wanton rapaciousness in killing birds and actually eating eagle flesh, but then quickly reminds us how different Audubon's time was from the present, when we have our own serious conservation issues. Ellis is in a class by himself as a student of raptor biology with a lifelong interest in Golden Eagles. His perspective
on eagle behavior comes from thousands of hours in blinds i n close proximity to eagle nests. He not only worked professionally in the United States as an eagle biologist, but also travelled the world to study the golden and other eagles on terrain and in conditions that few could endure. Ellis was for many years a crane researcher with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, but managed surreptitiously to use his own captive eagle to incubate and hatch crane eggs.
Ellis earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology at the University of Montana and has over 200 scientific publications on numerous subjects. He is author and/or editor of several books. His wife Cathy was an important partner in the research and publication of this eagle book for the last 17 yrs. Ellis dedicated the book to Cathy and gave special recognition of her contributions in the acknowledgments. Cathy is an author in her own right and has published widely in the scientific and popular literature. This book is a compilation of the personal exploits of Ellis and those of other raptor enthusiasts in many
countries, including Scotland, Russia, Mongolia, and Japan. Traditions with eagles in many countries go back thousands of years. Details given in the book open a window to many other areas and help us realize the wide array of fields (e.g., falconry, folklore, mythology, history, etc.) in which eagles, especially Golden Eagles, played important roles. Although Ellis is interested in the past research, he has included in this epic book discussions o f the most recent techniques of behavioral ecology and satellite tracking to
study these magnificent raptors.
Although the hardbound version sells for $60.00, some may be interested in the deluxe, collector's edition available for $300 plus shipping. This book is limited to 50 signed and numbered copies and includes a leather binding and slipcase. However, it becomes a deluxe edition because (1) the spine has five horizontal ridges beneath the leather, used to simulate the bundles of thread that in medieval times were used to sew signatures together, (2) a hand-painted eagle feather on the spine, (3) the slip-case bound in bonded leather, (4) an original watercolor painting of an eagle's head that accompanies each copy (and is removable for framing), (5) the pages are gilt-edged, and (6) an eagle in flight medallion of fine pewter plated with copper, then nickel, then gold, is embossed into the leather cover of the book. The medallion was sculpted by the noted artist, Mark Rossi, especially for the book. Because of the painted feather and the painted eagle
head (both by Dr. Ellis), each numbered copy will be unique.
I recommend this book highly to persons fascinated with raptors or in the work of those who professionally study raptors. It is one of the most interesting I have ever read.
Matthew C. Perry 1209 Church Road, MitcheUville, MD 20721 U.S.A.