Today is the publication date for my latest book, Remarkable Birds.
It’s a very attractive book, which I can say because I had only a little to do with the choice of illustrations and the laying out of the book. I wrote the words in between the marvellous artwork!
The cover is an Audubon – an American White Pelican – and is a good example of the remarkable art between the book’s covers.
One chapter is about extinct or threatened bird species. It includes gorgeous illustrations, and a few words by me, on giant moas, the Dodo, Chatham Island Black Robin, Huia, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Lear’s Macaw, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, California Condor, Great Auk and, appropriately considering the publication date, the Passenger Pigeon. And, as well as a couple of other paintings it, of course, includes Audubon’s Passenger Pigeon plate (below).
Three years ago I travelled to Liverpool Central Library to look at that plate, on public display, on the 99th anniversary of the extinction of the formerly most numerous bird species on Earth. I wonder if it is displayed today – if you have the chance to check, please let me know.
Remarkable Birds is published by Thames and Hudson.