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Birds [Hardcover]

Robert Bateman
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1 Oct 2002
Scarlet macaws weave in and out of the rainforest canopy...

The elegant silhouette of a Kori bustard appears ont he African savanna...

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has sketched and painted bird life in every corner of the globe. And a lifetime of observing an extraordinary range of species has given him a wealth of knowledge about bird habitats, behavior, and survival skills. Now, in this unique volume, Robert Bateman's newest paintings are combined with his insightful reflections on bird life in splendid pages that will delight nature and art lovers alike.

This personal birding odyssey begins atBateman's easel on an island off Canada's Pacific coast, where herons, kingfishers, and bald eagles pass by his studio windows. From there it proceeds to a variety of North American destinations ranging from a seabird colony on Alaska's Pribil of Islands to the waterways of Florida's Everglades. Bateman has also explored many international wildlife sanctuaries and his unforgetttable experiences there are re-created in evocative color painting and vivid first-person recollections.

Lavishly illustrated and informatively written, Birds is an intimate appreciation of some of the planet's most beautiful and fascinating creatures by an artist who has been capturing them on canvas for over forty years.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books Inc (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375421823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375421822
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 26.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars bird paintings 18 July 2012
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The book was in good condition and the paintings of Bateman are of great quality. I recommand other books with his nature art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birds is wonderfully alive 20 Oct 2002
By "ecobeetle" - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Bateman's latest book Birds (foreword by Peter Maththiessen, Pantheon Books, 2002) is a selection of birds he has painted near his home and around the world. For followers of Bateman, this is not a collection of paintings seen in previous books - most of the nearly 200 paintings were painted in the last few years. They include pencil and watercolour wash sketches to full canvas paintings. Characteristic of Bateman's work, the birds in Birds are wonderfully alive. His snow goose bursting from a nest exhibits the explosiveness of the event. A blue crane wading in evening light on a languid pond is exquisitely designed. A foreboding assault by giant petrels on a gentoo penguin is portrayed with all its fury and vigor of the moment. Accompanying each painting is a brief text describing Bateman's experiences and some natural history. This book would make a marvelous addition to anyone interested in nature or art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but disappointing 31 Mar 2004
By Sabad One - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Bateman is one of my favorite wildlife artist, and his first two books are absolutely outstanding. But after that, my sense is that the quality of his work has been going down, while the prices of his paintings (and maybe because of this) have been going up. This book is at the very bottom of his (in my opinion) downward trend. A very few of the paintings you will find in this book are great, but most are unimpressive, and some are outright ugly, clearly done in a rush. You will find very few of those beautiful masterpieces in which the nature surrounding the animal is as important as (sometimes more than) the animal itself. This is an OK book, but it's been a great disappointment, especially because I remember the awe that his previous work inspired me. If you really have to purchase ONE recent book on wildlife art my advice is: buy Jonsson's "Birds and light", which in my opinion is as outstanding as the earlier Bateman (but his style is completely different).
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds. Robert Bateman 17 Mar 2014
By K.Jayaram - Published on Amazon.com
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A forward by Peter Matthiessen adds glamour to other wise a great book with great amount of information on birds and its locations with of course fantastic paintings of birds from around the world. No other artist takes such amount of interest in ecology, biology and natural history to make one such authentic painting of a single wild subject. When compared to his other books, this one is exclusively only on birds and I wish he covered more of this subjects, perhaps in his next book!!?? This highly talented wildlife artist's books should be the subject of any nature lovers. Cant' miss it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my library. 12 Jan 2014
By Karine Thoresen - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of Bateman, and enjoyed reading more about his process and experiences. Great for artists, collectors and naturalists alike.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Service 27 Dec 2013
By shelby p. sweat - Published on Amazon.com
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The service from Farm-For-Books was better than could be expected, exceptional!

The book is new but the picture quality is not quite up to previous books by Bateman, on whom, I think, time is taking its toll.
I am not far behind him in age, so I feel safe in making that judgement, but about a million floors below him in the tower of wildlife art.
Everybody knows that he too is exceptional.
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