By Igor Siwanowicz
This identify enables you to zoom in at the world's such a lot excellent creatures. in case your baby might be pint-sized like a pipistrelle bat, or see eye-to-eye with a housefly they'd come upon a miniature international of wierd physique shapes, bizarre habit, and a few jaw-dropping insights into existence for the very small. because of nature photographer Igor Siwanowicz's wonderful pictures, they could do exactly that. With those remarkable pictures, they'll see in eye-popping pack up aspect how tiny creatures hunt, feed, circulate, live on and thrive. There are regularly occurring creatures like flies and beetles to examine, in addition to unique birds, reptiles, amphibians and rodents. realize what makes them various and the way they do something about residing in hugely various habitats. With Igor's backstage advisor on find out how to photo such tiny beasts, this can be an grand view of nature in miniature.
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