First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story

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More than 320 species of hummingbirds inhabit North, Central, and South America. Seventeen species nest in the United States alone, and seven of those inhabit the Las Vegas area. But only one Black-chinned Hummingbird chose to nest on the back porch of Las Vegas residents Noriko and Don Carroll.When Noriko and Don Carroll moved from New York City to suburban Las Vegas, they found a tiny nest on a clothesline on their back porch. As the Carrolls settled into their new home, so did a female hummingbird they named ...

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Overview

More than 320 species of hummingbirds inhabit North, Central, and South America. Seventeen species nest in the United States alone, and seven of those inhabit the Las Vegas area. But only one Black-chinned Hummingbird chose to nest on the back porch of Las Vegas residents Noriko and Don Carroll.When Noriko and Don Carroll moved from New York City to suburban Las Vegas, they found a tiny nest on a clothesline on their back porch. As the Carrolls settled into their new home, so did a female hummingbird they named Honey. For weeks, the Carrolls watched in fascination as they witnessed an event few humans are privy to-the birth and growth of two hummingbirds.
First Flight is the beautifully photographed story of Honey and her two chicks, Ray and Zen. In over 50 stunning, full-color close-ups, it captures the grace, the beauty, and the simultaneous strength and fragility of one of nature's tiniest birds.
Professional photographer Don Carroll's images of his tiny housemates are woven throughout with Noriko's charming narrative describing the mother bird and her developing brood.
Not just for bird enthusiasts, First Flight is a magical mix of hummingbird field guide, personal story, and new life taking flight. Readers will be captivated by the inherent drama as it unfolds in miniature, and they'll cheer as babies Ray and Zen make their own first flights out into a bright new world.

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Shortly after Noriko and Don Carroll moved from New York City to Las Vegas, they encountered another new arrival: A female hummingbird had recently constructed a tiny nest on their back porch clothesline. Over the next several weeks, the Carrolls witnessed the birth and growth of two baby hummingbirds. This touching pictorial re-creates this miraculous process in 50 stunning, full-color close-ups and a charming narrative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740757075
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 294,637
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Noriko and Don Carroll are a husband-and-wife creative team of photo-illustrators. They moved from New York City to Las Vegas in 2002, never expecting that their first project literally would come to roost on their own back porch. Together, Noriko and Don wrote and illustrated Happy Birthday, the Cat. Don is also the coauthor of Focus on Special Effects.

Noriko and Don Carroll are a husband-and-wife creative team of photo-illustrators. They moved from New York City to Las Vegas in 2002, never expecting that their first project literally would come to roost on their own back porch. Together, Noriko and Don wrote and illustrated Happy Birthday, the Cat. Don is also the coauthor of Focus on Special Effects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Very Much an Amazing Book

    First Flight is a truly warming experience as you are taken into a mother hummingbird's lifestyle of her non stop multitasking of motherhood. In this descriptive, clearly written work of art, meet her baby chicks Ray and Zen, as they are hatched and grow older, and observe their day by day growing and maturing by seeing the mesmerizing close up photographs of them on their daily trek to adulthood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Great Hummingbird Book

    This is a great book, novelette. It goes beyond being a typical 'coffee table book,' but an instructional documentation and a novelette of its own right. It is a book that presents a facsinating education of hummingbirds life, beauty and instictive habit. Fantastic pictures and a positive feeling story that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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