Charles Harper’s Birds & Words: A Review of a Classic Reborn

10,000 Birds

I didn’t see scapulars, auriculars, primaries, tail coverts, tarsi—none of that. Yet, it is amazing how many identification features are evident in his bird pictures—the fire-red head, streaked back, white wing bars, and white-tipped tertials of the Western Tanager, the white tail band on the Eastern Kingbird, the black-bordered white eyebrow of the Red-eyed Vireo. Is there a birder in the United States who is not familiar with the art of Charley Harper?

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