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Created by awared-winning illustrator and author Maryjo Koch, and with a foreword by celebrated naturalist Gretel Ehrlich, this luxurious volume contains four-colour images of approximately 50 differents species of birds and their nests.'
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Maryjo Koch has over 300,000 copies of her nature book titles in print, including the best-selling Bird Egg Feather Nest. She also has created an array of successful gift product based on her work, including greeting cards, wrapping paper, plates and mugs, and two lines of wallpaper. Her paintings and prints are featured in select specialty shops internationally and have been exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Gretel Ehrlich is an American storywriter and poet, heralded by Annie Dillard as the "Walt Whitman of Wyoming." She is the author of 14 published works, including A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning, Solace of Open Spaces, The Horse Whisperer: An Illustrated Companion to the Major Motion Picture.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
A nest is a cup of space, a swinging cradle, an anchored platform, a wedge between boulders, a pocket in bark or dirt, a scrape on a rock, a dent in sand. It represents the still point in a bird's fast-paced life, the place where the wingbeat of the hummingbird-vibrating at twenty to eighty times per second-is quieted; where the California Condor's soaring flight to 15,000 feet is brought down to earth. It's where the Red-tail Hawk's shrill whistle falls silent, its thick talons folding softly over white eggs.
Birds live intensely because they are physiologically able to do so. Their metabolisms are speedy, their hearts are large, they have air sacs tucked all over their tiny bodies to facilitate circulation and breathing, their bones are hollow, and their feathers keep them warm and keep them flying. Arctic Terns fly eleven thousand miles a year, soaring from one Pole to the other and live in almost continual daylight. Passerines have been seen to make more than a thousand trips carrying material to their nests. One bald eagle's nest, which can take two months to build, measured over eight feet across, twelve feet deep, and weighed two tons.
The making of the nest is initially inspired by environmental, seasonal, and demographic details as well as the release of hormones, but as with all endeavors of sentient beings, aesthetic elements also figure in the planning. And once the nest-building instinct is triggered, almost nothing will stop it.
Some nests are built new each year, or rebuilt using the same material, or as in the case of the Vermilion Flycatcher, nests are stolen from another bird and doubled up for extra cushioning. One third of all birds use cavities or make no real nest at all, but merely kick a place in the sand as the plovers do or, like vultures and condors, rest their eggs on a gravel or stone floor. Other nests are used over and over again: an eagle's eyrie lasted thirty-six years until the tree in which it was built fell down, a white stork's nest in Europe was chronicled and noted to be in use from 1549 to 1930.
Nests can be large, loose, course, globular, compact, frail, deeply cupped, shallow, bulky, or tightly woven and can swing in the wind from the end of a tree branch. Nest materials can include almost anything that can be carried. The list sounds like a witches' brew: saliva, spider silk, feather down, guano, cow manure, snakeskin, hair, fur, dustballs, shells, flowers, small rocks, lichen, moss, leaves, leaf mold, bark, cellulose, horsehair, paper scraps, insulation, tree branches, and twigs.
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Book Description Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111556708823
Book Description Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1556708823 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0641634