Birds

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This beautiful and lavishly illustrated book is an informative and entertaining trip around the world looking at exotic birds. Divided into 12 chapters, it moves from Bateman's home on Salt Spring Island to the north Pacific Coast and Canada's Rocky Mountains, fields and forests, inland waters and prairies to Equatorial areas of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Galapagos and Caribbean to Alaska, South Asia, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Probably the most influential wildlife painter of the twentieth century, he ...
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Overview

This beautiful and lavishly illustrated book is an informative and entertaining trip around the world looking at exotic birds. Divided into 12 chapters, it moves from Bateman's home on Salt Spring Island to the north Pacific Coast and Canada's Rocky Mountains, fields and forests, inland waters and prairies to Equatorial areas of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, the Galapagos and Caribbean to Alaska, South Asia, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Probably the most influential wildlife painter of the twentieth century, he has outranked in popularity all the giants in the field. Collectors of his art are drawn to his realistically rendered paintings and drawings that capture the exotic bird in its natural habitat.

Bateman's stories are irresistible whether he is coming upon the extremely rare Siberian rubythroat while looking for Siberian cranes in a former duck hunting preserve southeast of Delhi or watching a Secretary bird in Africa attacking its dinner of snake. Bateman's message is always a plea for the preservation of species and the environment, crucial since it is predicted that in the next hundred years we will lose 1200 species of birds, or one in eight.

Given the beauty of Bateman's work, the enormous popularity of bird watching and nature travel, this should be one of the most sought after nature books of the year.

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"I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth," Robert Bateman once told a reporter, "and its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I'd like to put it together and express it my paintings." In Birds, perhaps his crowning achievement, Bateman presents more than 220 glorious paintings of vibrant and majestic creatures of the air. His sensitive first-person accounts of his far-flung bird walks present word pictures of a fast-vanishing world. Peter Matthiessen provides a poignant foreword.
Publishers Weekly
World renowned wildlife painter Bateman (Thinking Like a Mountain) describes this book as neither a field guide to birds nor a reference book. Rather it is aptly represented as an artist's "portfolio" and a "field diary." Bateman not only depicts a worldwide range of avian species in startlingly lifelike paintings, he also captures a sense of place and motion (even when the subjects are still) within landscapes that could stand on their own. The artist's uncanny ability is no less displayed in the backgrounds and settings than in the portraits of the birds. Bateman paints a wading African blue crane with both bird and water in near photographic clarity. Likewise, he crafts a muted impressionistic Latin American rain forest, wherein brilliantly colored macaws perch, preen and dangle from the lush trees. Perhaps because of the voluptuousness of the paintings, Dean's text, depicting Bateman's field experiences, leans toward breathless overuse of modifiers, rather than lighter, subtler prose; the brief foreword to the book by Matthiessen (Birds of Heaven) is insightful. Yet the paintings easily carry the accompanying top-heavy copy with no ill effect. This is a wonderful book for birders, wildlife enthusiasts and art lovers. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Apparently, these 220 new works by a famed wildlife painter seem so real that readers may fear getting pecked. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375422928
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bateman has been hailed as the most influential wildlife artist of the 20th century. His lifelong passion for wildlife and nature led to his second career as an advocate for environmental concerns, a role for which he has received awards and public recognition. He is the illustrator of The Art of Robert Bateman, An Artist in Nature, and Natural Worlds. He lives in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Peter Matthiessen is the acclaimed author of numerous books on natural history and the environment, including The Birds of Heaven, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Killing Mister Watson, and The Snow Leopard. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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