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Birds

Birds

by Robert Bateman
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375422928
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.31(w) x 10.27(h) x 0.88(d)

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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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