Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

by Julie Zickefoose


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Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in bird nests, or what happens after a fledgling leaves the nest, come along on Julie’s sensitive exploration of often-uncharted ornithological ground.

This beautiful book is as much an art book as it is a natural history, something readers have come to expect from Julie Zickefoose. More than 400 watercolor paintings show the breathtakingly swift development of seventeen different species of wild birds. Sixteen of those species nest on Julie's wildlife sanctuary, so she knows the birds intimately, and writes about them with authority. To create the bulk of this extraordinary work, Julie would borrow a wild nestling, draw it, then return it to its nest every day until it fledged. Some were orphans she raised by hand, giving the ultimate insider’s glimpse into their lives. In sparkling prose, Julie shares a lifetime of insight about bird breeding biology, growth, and cognition.
As an artist and wildlife rehabilitator, Julie possesses a unique skill set that includes sketching and painting rapidly from life as well as handling delicate hatchlings. She is uniquely positioned to create such an opus, and in fact, nothing like it has ever been attempted. Julie has many fans, and she will gain many more with this unparalleled work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544206700
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 375,504
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest, is fascinated by the interface of birds and people. Documenting the life of Jemima, an orphaned blue jay, was an all-consuming pursuit, which has led to a deepened appreciation for blue jays and all their corvine relatives. She continues her observations of jays on her 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully drawn and well researched.