LOOKING AT BIRDS: An Antidote to Field Guides

LOOKING AT BIRDS: An Antidote to Field Guides

JOHN BUSBY    Book Number: 84813    Product format: Hardback

Living birds present a far more fascinating range of shape and posture, colour and shading. Often their anatomy is hidden by leaves, their plumage colours are changed by light or their feet are out of sight or under water. We can count numbers, chart migration, record songs, learn the language of postures, chase hundreds of miles to see the latest rarity, or simply sit still and observe. Taking photos can add a new dimension to watching, as well as making copious notes and drawings. "A short time ago, by the side of a Scottish loch, I watched Black-headed gulls flying over hawthorn trees full of red berries. They were picking the fruit from the tree in flight!" Born in Bradford in 1928, John Busby was President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1976-79 and a member of the RSA and RSW. His lifelong interest is in wildlife and he has illustrated over 35 books mostly about behaviour, ranging from seabirds to tigers, garden birds to otters, and birds in Majorca among them. This rare book was a first of a new series of books Wildlife Art Techniques by internationally and highly respected artist, showing the many techniques used by current masters. John Busby shows how the bird moves and behaves in order to get the real 'jizz' of a living bird on paper. See his Redstart, Lapwing, Osprey and Sea Eagle snatch their prey from just below the surface, crows driving off a buzzard, house martins and sparrow hawk and a golden eagle seen off by peregrines - much twisting, tumbling and wing actions to remember. Every page has one to three line art or colourful drawings to enjoy. 96pp, 9" x 10". Langford Press 2013 first edition.
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ISBN 9781904078548
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