Ultimate guide to penguins gathers 15 years of intimate glimpses by photographer Tui De Roy

A search of Amazon’s birdwatching category for books about penguins turns up more than 200 titles, including Among Penguins by Noah Strycker, Penguin Planet by Kevin Schafer, and The Great Penguin Rescue by Dyan deNapoli, all of which we have recommended in our pages.

Penguins-300If you’re tempted to wonder if the world really needs another book about penguins, don’t. It does, especially when it comes from renowned photographer Tui De Roy and her collaborators Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite.

“We wanted to ensure that we would have ample time to become intimately acquainted with every one of the world’s penguin species, no matter how difficult to find,” writes De Roy. After over 15 years documenting all 18 species, they selected more than 400 stunning photos. Readers see a Galapagos Penguin chasing fish near the sea floor, Northern Rockhoppers on a boulder-covered slope, and Snares Penguins on a thick tree branch in a forest.

Woven throughout the first 145 pages of photos is De Roy’s engaging narrative of her encounters with the birds: listening at night to the “mournful, almost melancholic calls” of Galapagos Penguins; crawling on hands and knees in dense thickets to find Fiordland Penguins in New Zealand; and steering an inflatable boat while King Penguins swam alongside and jumped out of the water.

The book also includes insightful essays from 16 penguin researchers about recent discoveries and conservation work, two-page profiles of each species, and tips on where to see wild penguins. As advertised, it is truly the ultimate guide to the world’s penguins.

Penguins: The Ultimate Guide, by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite, Princeton University Press, 240 pages, hardcover, $35

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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