Wings of spring: courtship, nesting and fledging.
Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2006.
Quarto, dustwrapper, 158 pp. colour photographs.
With more than 200 stunning images by one of America's top nature photographers, this beautiful and informative book tells the age-old story of how birds migrate to their nesting grounds, select a mate, establish a nest site, and raise their young in the wild. The nesting cycle starts when early migrants return to snow-covered breeding territories. It includes colourful courtship displays; intricate nest-building techniques; egg laying, brooding, and hatching and the never-ending hunt for food. It also includes ingenious methods of protection and the miraculously quick growth of chicks. It can end with a fall migration flight thousands of miles long. Songbirds, owls, hummingbirds, shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl...All engage in breeding rituals, and all are included here. Featuring a wealth of information conveyed by words and pictures, this handsome book offers a fascinating look at a rarely observed world.