BIRDS AND FLOWERS OF THE CASTLE OF MEY AND BALMORAL


BIRDS AND FLOWERS OF THE CASTLE OF MEY AND BALMORAL

JAMES ALDER    Book Number: 88609    Product format: Hardback

A beautiful collection of 50 watercolours on glossy cream stock paper measuring 9½" x 13" in glamorous rare 2003 first edition with prefaces by Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Viscount Ridley and botanical text by Jennifer and Paddy Woods. It is a beautiful collection commissioned and approved by Her Majesty the Queen and painted on request from the late Queen Mother who asked James Alder to capture the beauty of the Castle of Mey and Balmoral. Watercolours are of birds and flora and fauna found in the gardens of the Royal Scottish estates. This talented wildlife artist captures the green woodpecker whose first breeding was recorded in Selkirkshire in 1951, and by 1973 they had reached Aberdeen. Their presence in the lowland woods of Balmoral represents the most northerly part of the range. Her Majesty 'told me that she had seen one of them feeding on the lawn at Balmoral.' They have extendable sticky tongues which elongate to about 10cm and they bound through the air in long undulations. This is typical of some of the short and informative text on wrens, the rose Elizabeth of Glamis on the opposite plate, a tawny owl, a skylark, kestrel, blue tits, swallows, fieldfare, hen harriers, merlin, the golden oriole and the Hoopoe with their golden and black plumage, the red plumed crossbills depicted among scentless mayweed with yellow and white daisy-like flowers. Her Majesty is pictured on page 65 at Balmoral with the author in a colour photograph and over the page as a girl riding a pony at Balmoral. Snow bunting, a peregrine falcon, a buzzard, a great spotted woodpecker on a branch by some beautiful flowering foxgloves, the great tit in a pink pearl rhododendron, the beautiful teal ducks who are agile and fast, the spotted flycatcher leaving his honeysuckle perch, there are breeding birds on the Balmoral estate and non-breeding birds listed at the end of this exquisitely beautiful volume for all nature lovers. Published by Northumbria University Press, 2003 first edition, 128pp.
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ISBN 9781904794011
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