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Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Sharon Beals' gorgeous photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. Drawn from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, these birds' nests from around the world offer astonishing insight into the intricate detail wrought by nature's ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Chronicle Books
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The photos are stunning, if sterile. There were some puzzling errors in the text, including referring to egg laying as "hatching" in the African Palm Swift section and the misspelling of drey as dray. Lots of good information as well, but I always focus on the errors. Beals' writing style can be hard to follow, to wit: "Their feathers adorning the bonnets of the fashionable in the 1800s, it was this bird, not the egret, lamented in an editorial by George Bird Grinnell in an 1886 issue of Field a ...more
The photography was beautiful. The accompanying text was... meh. It was like reading a concise Audubon text. I would have liked to read more about the nest itself.. where it was found, the different materials used, how this is different from other nests, etc. The ending paragraph was a bummer, as it told about how the birds are losing their nesting grounds due to habitat destruction and where they are located on the endangered species list.

Still, I am going to check out the suggested reading and
Juli Anna Herndon
Not really worth reading, but worth looking at the pictures. The woman who put this book together photographed dozens of bird nests from natural history museum collections, oftentimes with the eggs that were collected with the nests. The photographs speak for themselves--carrying plenty of information about the inventiveness and ingenuity of birds, their variety. Text is sometimes informative--a little about the nesting habits of each bird, with a strong eye toward conservation--but more often u ...more
We are geeking out on bird information at our house right now since my daughter is doing her science fair project on what types of birdseed our local birds like best. We've fed the birds at our house for a few years, but just recently we've noticed many more types than usual gracing our yard. Sitting and watching them has become one of my favorite things to do. This book is beautiful- incredibly detailed photos of various types of bird nests with their eggs on a black background. Info about the ...more
Sarah Goebel
became aware of this title via the following post and immediately bought it for my mother who enjoys birding:

am pleased that these images are also available here:
The photography's gorgeous and each nest is a work of art. Opposite each full-page photograph is a page of information about the type of bird that built it and a little color painting of the bird. This book is a gem.
The photos are absolutely beautiful, and the text is disappointing. Either awkwardly written or just oddly pedantic - didn't match the quality of the photos at all.
A beautifully designed photographic art and natural history book for bird lovers. But she needs to include a saguaro boot in the next edition!
I just love the photos and information in this book. The many kinds of birds and the ingenious variety of nests they build is a marvel.
Visually delightful and very informative. Makes we want to go build something arty.
Tofu Fairy
another fascinating educational reading with wonderful pictures!!
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