A review of Remarkable Birds, by Michael McCarthy, from Resurgence and Ecologist.
- I was particularly entranced by a moody, haunting vision
of rooks rebuilding their nests in spring by the Russian 19th-century landscape artist Alexander Savrasov, and by the
bold-faced osprey of his British contemporary Prideaux John Selby.
- Remarkable Birds goes beyond the coffee-table genre and is given a substantial further dimension by the text
- Not the least entertaining part of the book is his Introduction, an essay that might be subtitled ‘Birds and Why We Like ’Em’, a sort of beginner’s guide to the whole avian phenomenon, suitable for a visitor from outer space.
- …the 67 “remarkables”…all…have stories to tell, which Avery relates with panache