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What makes any bird a "great" bird? For some birders, it's the rarity of a species that they've finally added to their life list after years of patient watching. Others will tell you that the great birds are the most beautiful ones. But most people know that the great birds are simply the ones we like the best, rare or common-the ones that have imprinted themselves indelibly on our lives.

This beautiful book presents exquisite paintings of forty-eight Texas birds chosen by John ...

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Overview

What makes any bird a "great" bird? For some birders, it's the rarity of a species that they've finally added to their life list after years of patient watching. Others will tell you that the great birds are the most beautiful ones. But most people know that the great birds are simply the ones we like the best, rare or common-the ones that have imprinted themselves indelibly on our lives.

This beautiful book presents exquisite paintings of forty-eight Texas birds chosen by John O'Neill and Suzanne Winckler as their own personal "greats." Some of the birds are as common as they are beloved. Others are definitely life-list birds-rare, beautiful, exotic-sounding, or all three at once. The authors have also gathered a flock of well-known Texas birders and nature writers to offer personal, scientific, or literary observations about each bird. In all, forty-eight writers, one to a bird, are included here.

These beautifully detailed paintings and the observations that accompany them make a convincing case that these are, indeed, the great Texas birds. Whether you're a serious birder or simply a backyard bird watcher, you'll find in this book a "lovely edifice" where people who care about birds can be together.

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Bird Watcher’s Digest - Ed Kanze
Is there a state with a more marvelous array of birds than Texas? I can’t think of one. John P. O’Neill’s paintings, showcased handsomely in this book, present a selection of Texas’s finest in glorious color and detail.
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
Is there a state with a more marvelous array of birds than Texas? I can't think of one. John P. O'Neill's paintings, showcased handsomely in this book, present a selection of Texas's finest in glorious color and detail.
— Ed Kanze
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292760530
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 13.11 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. O'Neill's bird paintings have appeared in many publications and have been exhibited in museums and institutions around the world.

Suzanne Winckler, who helped to edit The Bird Life of Texas, is a freelance writer in Omaha, Nebraska, where she works for the Nature Conservancy.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Suzanne Winckler
Acknowledgments
Introduction by John P. O'Neill
Brown Pelican by Bill Graber
Green Heron by Jim Peterson
Reddish Egret by Rose Ann Rowlett
Roseate Spoonbill by Stephen Harrigan
Black-bellied Whistling Duck by Stephen E. "Chip" Labuda Jr.
Wood Duck by Roy Bedicheck
Swallow-tailed Kite by David Braun
Harris's Hawk by Greg Lasley
Crested Caracara by Father Tom Pincelli
Plain Chachalaca by John Rowlett
Greater Prairie-Chicken by Edgar B. Kincaid Jr.
Northern Bobwhite by Rochelle Plasse
Montezuma Quail by Frederick R. Gehlbach
Wild Turkey by Edward A. Kutac
Sandhill Crane by John Graves
Purple Gallinule by Robert Behrstock
Ruddy Turnstone by Robin Doughty
Long-billed Curlew by Fred Collins
Black-necked Stilt by Ted Lee Eubanks
Least Tern by Douglas Slack
White-winged Dove by Sally Graves Jackson
Greater Roadrunner by Jim Bones
Elf Owl by Pauline James as told to Leticia A. Alamía
Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Ernest Franzgrote
Black-chinned Hummingbird by Peter Scott
Blue-throated Hummingbird by Roland "Ro" Wauer
Green Kingfisher by Keith Arnold
Golden-fronted Woodpecker by June Osborne
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher by Lawrence Wright
Vermilion Flycatcher by John and Gloria Tveten
Cave Swallow by Kenn Kaufman
Blue Jay by Ben Feltner
Green Jay by John Arvin
Northern Mockingbird by Michael Braun
Curve-billed Thrasher by John P. O'Neill wood thrush by James A. Tucker eastern bluebird by David E. Wolf
Black-capped Vireo by Terry C. Maxwell
Golden-cheeked Warbler by Charles Sexton
Yellow-breasted Chat by Suzanne Winckler
Hooded Warbler by Victor Emanuel
Painted Redstart by Kelly B. Bryan
Altamira Oriole by F. P. "Tony"Bennett
Summer Tanager by Robert and Karen Benson
Northern Cardinal by Fred Webster
Pyrrhuloxia by Holly Carver
Painted Bunting by Marie Webster
Black-throated Sparrow by Randell Beavers
About the Artist and the Contributors
A Poem: "The Law of Transmigration" by Paul Turner
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