• Hardcover: 512 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 23, 2018)
An elegant collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives depicting the magnificence of birds.
Bird, nature, and art lovers alike will treasure this sumptuous visual celebration of the colors, forms, and behaviors of the winged wonders who share our world as they have been explored, displayed, and revealed throughout the years by National Geographic. The book moves chronologically so readers witness the tremendous growth in our knowledge of birds over the last 130 years, as well as the new frontiers in technology and observation–from luminous vintage paintings and classic black and white photographs to state-of-the art high-speed and telephoto camera shots that reveal moments rarely seen and sights invisible to the human eye. The wide diversity of pictures captures beloved songbirds outside the kitchen window, theatrical courtship dance of birds of paradise, tender moments inside a tern’s nest, or the vivid flash of a hummingbird’s flight. Readers will delight in seeing iconic species from around the world through the eyes of acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographers such as Chris Johns, Frans Lanting, Joel Sartore, and Tim Laman and reading excerpted passages from Arthur A. Allen, Roger Tory Peterson, Douglas Chadwick, Jane Goodall, and other great explorers. Exquisitely produced and expertly curated, this visual treasury displays as never before the irresistible beauty, grace, and intelligence of our feathered friends.
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The Splendor of Birds is a magnificent photographic history of National Geographic's work with birds. As a bird enthusiast, I was delighted by the full page artwork and photography of birds over the years. The book is split into four sections that chronicle the years 1888, when National Geographic was conceived through the present. As I made my way through the years, I enjoyed reading about the change in focus from hunting birds to conserving and observing birds. It was interesting to note how human's interactions with birds has been molded and changed throughout history with photographs comparing then and now. I learned many things about bird behavior, feeding, nesting, mating, and the technology that has allowed us to learn about birds along with some of the major players in ornithology throughout the years. It is clear that conservation has become the focus for birds today, and while the issue was brought up several times throughout the book, there is only one page at the very end that has information on what we can do to help birds thrive. I thought this should have a more prominent place in the book. Overall, an amazing collection of avian artwork and photography throughout the years that any nature lover, enthusiast or professional would enjoy.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.