Stackpole Books Wings Of Spring

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Another breathtaking collection from the photographer behind Wings in the Wild Focuses on the springtime rituals of birds from all around the world Text by the editor of Birder's World magazine With more than 200 stunning images by one of the country'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 colorful 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.