An elegant collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives depicting the magnificence of birds.
Bird, nature, and art lovers alike will treasure this sumptuous visual celebration of the colors, forms, and behaviors of the winged wonders who share our world as they have been explored, displayed, and revealed throughout the years by National Geographic. The book moves chronologically so readers witness the tremendous growth in our knowledge of birds over the last 130 years, as well as the new frontiers in technology and observation–from luminous vintage paintings and classic black and white photographs to state-of-the art high-speed and telephoto camera shots that reveal moments rarely seen and sights invisible to the human eye. The wide diversity of pictures captures beloved songbirds outside the kitchen window, theatrical courtship dance of birds of paradise, tender moments inside a tern’s nest, or the vivid flash of a hummingbird’s flight. Readers will delight in seeing iconic species from around the world through the eyes of acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographers such as Chris Johns, Frans Lanting, Joel Sartore, and Tim Laman and reading excerpted passages from Arthur A. Allen, Roger Tory Peterson, Douglas Chadwick, Jane Goodall, and other great explorers. Exquisitely produced and expertly curated, this visual treasury displays as never before the irresistible beauty, grace, and intelligence of our feathered friends.
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“At 10×12 inches, this could be called a coffee-table book. If left to the eyes of guests, however, it likely would become a serious distraction to whatever else the hosts had in mind. It is a beautiful piece of work, exactly what one would expect.” –Star Tribune (Wingnut blog)
“The majority of pages present large, beautiful photographs and illustrations from the National Geographic archives spanning the last 130 years, by skilled artists and photographers…This impressive offering is as much a work of art as it is a book on ornithology. This celebration of the beauty of birds and their importance to humankind and the world is highly recommended for lovers of birds, nature, and art.” –Library Journal
“There has always been a thing, a distinctive way of photographic illustration, called the “Geographic eye,” and it is well evident in this gorgeous book…It’s what the book calls “street photography of the wild side,” as opposed to mere bird eye candy…There is though, something distinctive and special about National Geographic photography that makes this volume a treasure.” –10.000birds
“The pictures were stunning and I learned a lot, despite being able to page through it pretty quickly. I’d highly recommend it as a gift for the birder or photographer in your life. I enjoyed this immensely.” –Doingdeweydecimal.com