Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History

Purchase signed copies of Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History by sending an email to me at titled “SNOWY OWL Book Order.”
You can find unsigned copies of this book at your local independent book store, online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Elliot Bay Books Company, Powell’s. You can also purchase and have books signed at one of Paul’s events in your area.


  A stunning, visual exploration into the life of the mysterious Arctic Owl—one of the world’s most beloved and striking creatures. Snowy Owls capture our imagination and fascinate us with their beauty, yet they remain one of the least understood owls in the world. Here, award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick delves into the natural history of these owls, providing a comprehensive yet accessible look at where and how they live, including their preferred habitat and seasonal migrations, hunting and breeding behavior, and how they nest and raise their young. Bannick’s images are complemented by his narrative, which includes evocative passages about his time in the field observing and photographing Snowy Owls. He also highlights what each of us can do to protect the Snowy and its habitat. Few of us will be lucky enough to ever see a Snowy Owl in the wild, but Bannick’s stories and images offer a vivid, intimate, and memorable look at these enigmatic birds.  

Praise for Paul’s new books:

“Seattle photographer’s ‘Snowy Owl’ book transports readers to the Arctic tundra”
KNKX NPR station, Seattle, Washington United States

“Paul Bannick talks about Seattle’s Snowy Owl”
“Evening” on King 5 TV, Seattle, Washington United States

“Snowy owls: messengers from the land of the midnight sun”
KUOW NPR station, Seattle, Washington United States

“Award-winning photographer Paul Bannick of Seattle has compiled two showy coffee-table tombs for owl-lovers and those who want to look at cool, photos of owls uninterrupted in nature. Many of the stunning photos feature behaviors that have rarely, if ever, been captured by cameras, accompanied by first-hand accounts from Bannick’s nearly 20 years of field observation and the latest science.”
Outdoors NW

“These two books are must haves for fans of Paul Bannick’s photography!”
Birdbooker Report

“Local nature photographer and owl pal Paul Bannick has released two-hoo-hoo beautiful new books. With Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl, Bannick trains his lens on these magnificent beasts, educating readers in the habitats and habits of, as he calls them, “two of the world’s most charismatic birds.””

“If your average picture is worth a thousand words, a Paul Bannick wildlife photograph is worth 20,000. Having worked with wildlife photographers for articles in Audubon, Smithsonian, Sierra, National Wildlife and other magazines for 45 years, I have yet to encounter one who better captures the magic and beauty of the natural world. I was absolutely blown away by his two recent books — Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl. No tame, game-farm birds in these spectacular collections or in any of Bannick’s work. He immerses himself in the wild and brings his viewers and readers along with him. Little wonder that he is a multiple award winner.”
— Ted Williams, award winning wildlife journalist

“Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History and its companion book, Great Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History are exceptional books for all birders’ libraries, and anyone even mildly interested in birds will find the visual effects remarkable.The Birding Wire”
The Birding Wire

“Bannick is immersed in study of his subject. He has produced unprecedented display pictures of Snowy Owl mating rituals. “
Joel Connelly, Post Alley

“‘Great Gray Owl’ and ‘Snowy Owl’ are two visually spectacular and informatively captioned photographic compendiums that are a pure delight to browse through and a ‘must’ for the growing legions of birdwatching enthusiasts.”
Midwest Book Review

“Although the two books are most impressive for their outstanding photographs, they incorporate natural history information, first-person accounts of the author’s owling experiences and sections on the birds’ conservation statuses and what we can do to help.”
Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News

““Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History” and “Great Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History,” both by Paul Bannick (Mountaineers Books). From a Seattle photographer and publisher, these two books are “extraordinary, for any bird lovers on anyone’s list,””
Georgiana Blomberg of Magnolia’s Bookstore

Special Features

  • 128 pages
  • 9.2 x 8.2 inches
  • hardcover
  • 1.7 pounds
  • 85 new images
  • $18.95 plus shipping and handling, shipped after October 1, 2020