Birds of Central Park

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Central Park is an 843-acre oasis in the middle of Manhattan's vast network of steel, concrete, and glass. It is also, according to the New York City Audubon Society, one of the top ten birding spots in America. More than 200 species pass through the park on their migratory routes each spring and fall, close to one third of the bird species found in the United States. For the past two and a half years Cal Vornberger has been in the park every day photographing these feathered park residents. The best of those ...
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Overview

Central Park is an 843-acre oasis in the middle of Manhattan's vast network of steel, concrete, and glass. It is also, according to the New York City Audubon Society, one of the top ten birding spots in America. More than 200 species pass through the park on their migratory routes each spring and fall, close to one third of the bird species found in the United States. For the past two and a half years Cal Vornberger has been in the park every day photographing these feathered park residents. The best of those images are now collected in this gorgeous volume.

Vornberger's photos capture birds engaged in all types of activities: feeding, bathing, caring for their young, flying, singing. Among the more than 100 species featured are warblers, egrets, herons, kingfishers, a boreal owl, and hawks (including the famous Pale Male, whose eviction last December from its ritzy Fifth Avenue perch sparked nationwide news stories). Packaged inside the book is a removable foldout pocket guide. Vornberger's spectacular photography, interspersed with his comments about birds, the park, and photography, will appeal to all bird-watchers, nature lovers, photography aficionados, and visitors to New York's Central Park.
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Not even avid New Yorkers know that Manhattan's Central Park is one of the top ten birding sites in the country. Each spring and fall, more than 200 species pass through the park on their migratory flights. (That's close to one-third of all U.S. bird species.) For two and a half years, photographer Cal Vornberger has been in the park every day, photographing these feathery visitors. This gorgeous pictorial offers stunning color visuals of more than 100 species, including warblers, egrets, kingfishers, herons, a boreal owl, and hawks.
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Who knew that New York City's beloved Central Park-"a vast green oasis in the middle of a sea of cement"-could host such a plethora of birdlife? Turns out that the 843-acre sanctuary is a mighty magnet for over 200 migrating species looking for a place to rest and replenish before continuing on with their journey. Photographer Vornberger's rich and remarkable volume is the result of a three-year project to take pictures of birds through all the seasons. His photos of the glitzy, colorful spring visitors are vibrant and stunning. For Vornberger, though, the park offers avian treats year-round, and he skillfully illustrates his point that expressive photos of common birds are better than dull snapshots of rare birds. A family of robins nesting in a statue of Romeo and Juliet provides the emotional payoff he's looking for: the robins appear spellbound as they gaze at the figure of Romeo bending over to plant a kiss on Juliet. Pale Male (the headline-stealing red-tailed hawk residing on the exterior of a Fifth Avenue apartment building) is featured here, but he's not alone-nearly 100 other species are also artfully presented. Engaging text by the photographer accompanies the prints; a removable fold-out pocket guide, with a map and photos of 106 bird species, is included. Highly recommended for all birding and natural history collections.-Howard Katz, Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810959170
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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