Birds of the Day


THERE is a well-known saying that great things arise from small beginnings, and this is true of modern bird photography, which began in those seemingly remote days when a stand camera was the only instrument for all types of photography. There is some dispute as to who took the first wild-life photographs. The names of Riley Fortune, Oliver Lodge and C. J. King, of the Scilly Isles, are among those of the pioneers. They worked with their heads under a black cloth, and their plates were so slow that they could only give a really fast exposure under exceptionally good lighting conditions. Yet they achieved some remarkable results, and when the Kearton brothers perfected the system of working from a hide, nature photography, and in particular the photography of birds, made rapid strides and attained wide popularity.

Birds of the Day

By Eric J. Hosking Cyril W. Newberry. Pp. 128 (78 plates). (London and Glasgow: Wm. Collins, Sons and Co., Ltd., 1944.) 12s. 6d. net.

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