The Home-Life of Wild Birds


IN this attractive and beautifully illustrated volume the author lays claim to having invented a new method of studying and photographing birds in their native haunts; and he is certainly to be congratulated on the success of his efforts. Although his method of working is somewhat different, Mr. Herrick may be said to have done for some of the commoner birds of North America what has been effected by the Messrs. Kearton for those of Britain; and higher praise than this it would be difficult to bestow. To the English reader the book will be especially welcome, as throwing a flood of light on the habits of species with which he is necessarily unfamiliar. Among the most successful of the author's efforts are his photographs of cedar-birds, or waxwings, with their nests and young, which illustrate in full detail the mode in which the nestlings are fed and tended by their parents, and the curious postures assumed by the latter in the course of their duties. The attention devoted by these birds to their offspring is well indicated in the following passage, where it is stated that, on one occasion, “with half-spread wings and with back to the sun the mother protected her little ones for a full hour from the broiling sun, while her mate came repeatedly and handed out the cherries.”

The Home-Life of Wild Birds.

By F. H. Herrick. Pp. xix + 148. (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1901.) Price 10s. 6d. net.

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L., R. The Home-Life of Wild Birds . Nature 65, 437 (1902).

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