Robert Bateman Bateman's Backyard Birds

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Bateman's Backyard Birds

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Featuring dramatic, detailed, and scientifically accurate color illustrations by the acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Bateman, this beautiful book is written on a level that can be enjoyed by older children as well as by adults who are newcomers to bird watching. The book opens on an autobiographical note, describing how, at the age of eight, the author stopped to watch a chickadee's gymnastics in a hedge. As an adult, Bateman has sketched and painted birds in every corner of the world, and has developed deep insights into bird habitats, behavior, and survival skills. This book's stunning illustrations, supplemented with descriptive notes, show a variety of familiar birds in their natural settings. Readers who study these vivid illustrations of the black-capped chickadee, the nuthatch, the downy woodpecker, the sparrow, the cardinal, the robin, and other species will come to see these fascinating birds in a new light. The more than 65 color illustrations, supplemented with simple, direct text and interesting sidebars, make this unusual volume the perfect introduction to birding for nature lovers of all ages.

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Renowned wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman invites young birders to discover the wonderful world of birds that exists in their own backyards. Chock-full of Bateman’s lifelike paintings and sketches, Bateman’s Backyard Birds also includes easy tips for identifying, feeding, and attracting birds of all kinds. There’s no better start to a lifelong adventure with birds!

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“Of all wild creatures, birds are the most colorful and easiest to see. You don’t need to travel to distant jungles or faraway islands. They live in our own backyards.... Birds are our neighbors. We should get to know them.”

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has painted, sketched, and enjoyed birds since he was a young boy. Now he shares his passion for birds and his unique talents as artist and storyteller in this delightful and informative introduction to birds for young readers and beginners at bird watching.
Bateman’s Backyard Birds abounds with Bateman’s detailed sketches and full-color paintings of robins, chickadees, woodpeckers, blue jays, finches, and many other familiar birds — capturing their antics and beauty in a way that no photograph can. The book includes brief facts about different species, including their common calls and habitats. And Bateman also provides his personal tips on identifying, feeding, and finding birds. There’s no better introduction to birds!

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Robert Bateman began his lifelong education as an artist, naturalist, and birder in the tree-filled ravine behind his boyhood home in Toronto. There he would study and sketch the birds he saw, adding them to the life list he keeps to this day. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Bateman taught high school geography and art. In his spare time he painted in a variety of modern styles. By the mid-1960s, inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth, Bateman had turned to a more realistic style, taking as his subjects the wildlife he had long studied. Today his original artwork and limited-edition prints are sought by collectors the world over. Robert Bateman lives with his wife, Birgit, and his family on one of the Gulf Islands off Canada’s western coast.

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Robert Bateman grew up in Toronto, where he began his lifelong education as an artist, naturalist, and birder. Today, his original artwork and limited-edition prints are sought by collectors the world over.

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