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Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them
 
 
Author
Sharon Beals. Laurie Wigham, illus. Scott Weidensaul, intro. Jack Dumbacher & Maureen Flannery, foreword.
Publisher Chronicle  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780811877589
Pages/Publication Date 120/2011
Daedalus Item Code 39138
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Simple yet intricate, delicate yet robust, birds' nests are marvelously functional and also unexpectedly beautiful—particularly when they contain the variously colored and speckled eggs of their builders. Photographer Sharon Beals reveals all of these qualities in her sensitive studio images, placing specimens from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology against velvety black backgrounds, from the tiny cup-shaped cocoon of the Anna's Hummingbird to the downy pillow of the Magnolia Warbler. Each is accompanied by a species profile and a drawing of the adult bird by Laurie Wigham.

"Small architectural marvels were hidden in storage for decades at the California Academy of Sciences until 2007, when artist Sharon Beals began unearthing them from cardboard boxes and wooden cabinets.... Her images first appeared in Audubon's March-April 2008 issue and on its cover; they soar again in her elegant new book, Nests. One by one, the structures appear in stark relief on a black background, exposing their exquisite intricacies—colored thread in an Altamira oriole's creation, seashells in a Caspian tern's—and, often, intact eggs. On facing pages, an illustration of the builder perches above companion text describing the species' nesting habits and construction methods. 'Each nest is a scientific treasure trove,' write the academy's Jack Dumbacher and Maureen Flannery in the foreword. 'Each nest is also an amazing work of art.' So is Beals's book."—Audubon

 
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