Secrets of the Nest: The Family Life of North American Birds

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With its vivid color plates and detailed illustrations, Secrets of the Nest is an insightful look into the mysteries of birds' nesting habits. From the two-ton nest of an eagle to the tiny knot-like nest of a hummingbird, Dunning examines the diverse habitats and sizes of birds' nests. This is an inviting book that peeks inside a remarkable natural place and shows both the evolution of birds and the methods they use to nurture and protect their eggs.

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Joan Dunning has written and illustrated several books for adults about natural history. This is her first book for children. Ms. Dunning resides in Arcata, California, with her family.

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The distinctiveness of this book is the result of Dunning's ability to identify with her avian subjects and her talent for creating pictures. She not only draws--she writes with her eyes, moving in like a zoom lens on individual birds so engrossed in their nesting activity they are unaware of the observer. Dunning captures such images as a murrelet, alone on a barren cliff, placidly watching a predator gull that passes up the easy meal; a male Harris hawk passing kill to another, which carries it to a nesting female; and a fledgling egret dangling upside down from a nest holding larger chicks. Vivid portraits in short, sure strokes characterize bird families by nest types--bare ground to cushy hammocks--nesting behavior, avian evolution, and environmental history. Each section is illustrated with lovely pen-and-ink drawings as sensitive to detail as Dunning's prose. A delightful celebration of spring. Virginia Dwyer

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