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Rare and Elusive Birds of North Americaby William Burt
Synopses & Reviews
For sixteen years, author and photographer William Burt has been on an uncommon mission. Every spring and summer since 1984, he has been in pursuit of the toughest of subjects: twenty of the least known, almost mythically elusive North American birds. Burt spent weeks in the field at a time, employing his own hand-built equipment and often revisiting sites, year after year in certain cases, to get the pictures he wanted. The end result is this collection of stunning photographs of these birds in the wild and the engaging stories behind capturing the images. This book contains over fifty remarkable photographs of these camera-shy birds. Additionally, it contains an appendix of thumbnail sketches about each of the birds featured in the book: where they can be found, their markings, and other unique characteristics. Rare and elusive Birds of North America is a wonderful addition to the libraries of serious and armchair birders alike.
Book News Annotation:
Birders will delight in this volume, which features an excellent text describing Burt's and earlier naturalists' search for these particular birds that is substantial enough to compete with Burt's astonishing photographs. The 20 birds featured are rails, bitterns, nightjars, and certain varieties of songbirds. Appendices give details on Burt's photography methods and an annotated bibliography on the birds.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Author/Photographer William Burt has written for Audubon, Natural History, and Smithsonian magazines.
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