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Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Themby Sharon Beals
Synopses & Reviews
If youandrsquo;ve ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julieandrsquo;s sensitive exploration of often-uncharted ornithological ground.
This beautiful book is as much an art book as it is a natural history, something readers have come to expect from Julie Zickefoose. More than 400 watercolor paintings show the breathtakingly swift development of seventeen different species of wild birds. Sixteen of those species nest on Julieand#39;s wildlife sanctuary, so she knows the birds intimately, and writes about them with authority.and#160;To create the bulk of this extraordinary work, Julie would borrow a wild nestling, draw it, then return it to its nest every day until it fledged. Some were orphans she raised by hand, giving the ultimate insiderandrsquo;s glimpse into their lives. In sparkling prose, Julie shares a lifetime of insight about bird breeding biology, growth, and cognition.and#160;
As an artist and wildlife rehabilitator, Julie possesses a unique skill set that includes sketching and painting rapidly from life as well as handling delicate hatchlings. She is uniquely positioned to create such an opus, and in fact, nothing like it has ever been attempted. Julie has many fans, and she will gain many more with this unparalleled work.
Book News Annotation:
A lovely book showcasing full-page photos of nests--shown up close, from above (mostly) against black backgrounds and lit so that the details of materials and construction can clearly be seen and appreciated. Beals created these images using the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the U. of California Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. Curators Jack Dumbacher and Maureen Flannery provide a foreword, and bird writer Scott Weidensauls offers a lyrical introduction. On pages facing each photo is text describing each bird and its habits (the text is apparently by Beals), along with a small painting showing its appearance. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gorgeous watercolor paintings show the rarely seen day-by-day development of seventeen species of North American songbird nestlings, from hatching day to full-feathered fledging
Sharon Beals' gorgeous photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. Drawn from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, these birds' nests from around the world offer astonishing insight into the intricate detail wrought by nature's most fastidious architects. Lovely images of nests and eggs are set against rich black backgrounds, and are accompanied by fascinating and informative portraits—conveyed through words and illustrations—of the birds that built them. A beautiful volume, Nests is the perfect gift for birders, bird lovers, and anyone captivated by the fleeting and fascinating splendor of the natural world.
About the Author
Award-winning San Francisco photographer Sharon Beals is author of several books including What Dogs Do and What Cats Are. She lives in San Francisco.
Jack Dumbacher and Maureen Flannery are ornithologists at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history.
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