Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina: Photographs by Mark Swanson

Publication year: 2023 (2nd edition)
Format: Hardcover or softcover, 78 pages
Size: 10 x 8 in.
Product #: SM-PB013
Hardcover: US$84.00 $40.00 + tax and shipping
Softcover: US$64.00 $30.00 + tax and shipping

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Book description

Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina features over 100 bird photographs taken by Mark Swanson in western North Carolina from 2008 to 2023. The photos were taken at over a dozen locations in Avery, Buncombe, Henderson, and Watauga counties, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in Asheville, and Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa.

The photos capture moments in the lives of dozens of individual birds—86 different resident and migratory species from over two dozen families, including ducks and geese, herons, eagles, hawks and vultures, hummingbirds, crows and ravens, chickadees and titmice, finches, sparrows, swallows, warblers, and more. The images portray a wide range of behaviors such as eating, foraging, flying, hunting, singing, courting, mating, playing, sunning and swimming.

While the book provides an excellent overview of the variety of birds found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, it is not a field guide or complete checklist. Rather, it is a collection of photographic portraits and behavioral observations of selected individuals.

Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is the sixth volume in the Moments in Nature photo book series.

A nice gift for a North Carolina birder or anyone who appreciates birds!

  • Preface: Seeing Animals as Individuals
  • Introduction
  • Locations and Technical Information
  • The Photographs
  • Index and References

New Second Edition!

Published in July 2023, the second edition adds 40 new or improved photos, 20 bird species, several photo locations, new natural history commentaries, an expanded preface, and other updates.

The preface, "Seeing Animals as Individuals," explores the concept of speciesism and the ways humans regard and treat other animals.

The book advocates for respecting and protecting birds, especially now as they face the threat of global climate change.

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