Merlin Unwin Books

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Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

Philip Dunne MP
co-founder of Ottakar’s bookshops

The Swan

Stunning photographs illustrate our new natural history of the swan, this much-loved creature of beauty and grace.

Professional photographer Malcolm Schuyl has studied the swan for decades – observing, researching and photographing it throughout its life-cycle.

His lively and inspirational book covers the swan in all its stages:

*  natural history and behaviour: bathing, preening, moulting,
    sleeping
*  breeding and courtship: mating, nesting, incubation, hatching
*  raising their young
*  swan domestication and uses throughout history
*  the swan in literature, myth, music, superstition
*  swan conservation and their future

A book to delight and educate.

Author: Malcolm Schuyl
ISBN: 978 1 906122 40 9
Published: May 2012
Format: 245 x 245 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
190 colour photographs
Price: £20.00

The Swan by Malcolm Schuyl

Reader reviews

Reviewed by Julia A Scholfield in November 2012

I just had to write and thank you for the beautiful Swan books which arrived so rapidly and so well packaged. The photos are absolutely breathtaking and my two friends will be thrilled.


Press reviews

Reviewed in Yorkshire Post in May 2012

'It had fired his curiosity and imagination and also captured his heart.'


Reviewed in Highland News in May 2012

'This is one of the most impressive books and monographs that I have had the pleasure of reviewing in some time.'


Reviewed in Waterfowl in June 2012

'Not a dry, scientific treatise, this is a book that should appeal to all who love the royal bird... Packed with gorgeous photographs taken by the author. Malcolm Schuyl has studied the swan for decades.'


Reviewed in Scottish Field in August 2012

'Schuyl has filled this text with everything you could want to know about the mute swan, from courtship to mythology. A biologist by trade, he became a professional wildlife photographer in 2001 and this book displays an impressive combination of twin talents.'


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