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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393072266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393072266
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 11.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Theodore Cross’s (1924-2010) lifework has been the publishing of professional journals in law, science, and civil rights. The founder of the political website Birders United and the author of Birds of the Sea, Shore, and Tundra.

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Theodore Cross's (1924-2010) lifework has been the publishing of professional journals in law, science, and civil rights. The founder of the political website Birders United and the author of Birds of the Sea, Shore, and Tundra.

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I will have to return the book.
Evelyn
Birders should not be without it, and I would recommend it to ANYONE who loves beautiful things.
Ruth Scott
The most beautiful collection of bird photographs I have ever seen.
Robert M. Reece MD

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Clemack on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ted Cross's Waterbirds is one of those rare treasures that may come along once in a generation. Not only is it a book of profound beauty in the startling photographs of waterbirds throughout the world, but the movements that he captures in this tour are like an evening of Classical Symphony, a continuous soaring of emotion and colors.

The book would stand alone just with the astounding photographs, but it as an adventure tale, a journey and a quest of the noblest aspirations. Ted Cross gives us the excitement of the chase, like travelogues of the Voyages of Discovery, in his quest for these perfect specimens of nature and in their discovery, we are humbled by these birds' courage, their missions, and their triumphs. It is a book that makes us think profoundly about our place in nature and the lessons we can learn from one man's passionate pilgrimage to find perfection in the world around him.

This is one of most astounding books of nature that I have ever come upon. It is in its completeness as inspiring and moving as the flights of the beloved birds within.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Goldsby on December 16, 2009
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Having seen an earlier collection of Ted Cross's photographs in Birds of the Sea, Shore and Tundra, I was prepared for the beauty of the often stunning photographs abundantly populating Waterbirds. Only great skill, enormous and crafty patience can capture these birds, some of them quite wary, busily going about their business, oblivious to the capture of their antics and colorful images for our delight. When I stopped staring at the pictures, I was surprised to find a graceful and compelling narrative that tells a lot about the habits and motivations of the birds and reveals that the pursuit of waterbirds can involve visits to wide variety of locations. Some of these are tropical and idyllic, some in the far north are shared with polar bears and other locales, like a rattlesnake and alligator infested island of the coast of Texas, are quite dangerous. Engrossed in the stories, dazzled by the pictures, I couldn't stop reading it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Splitrock River on December 15, 2009
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All Things Considered featured an interview, entitled "Extreme Bird-Watching From Tundra To Swamp" with author Theodore Cross this evening:
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Who could resist? Certainly not me - I love birds, but my husband is the truly serious one (this goes in his stocking - a wonderful last minute addition).
Oh yes, you can see a number of the photos from the book on the All Things Considered article site.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Davis on December 16, 2009
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In his stories and photos, Ted Cross erases the divide we humans draw between us and nature. This is a treasure of a book, beautifully produced and presented. A true work of art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bartleby on December 16, 2009
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Theodore Cross clearly hit an out-of-the-park homerun with this one! At one and the same time, "Waterbirds" astounds, awes, comforts, edifies, entertains and educates even the most casual reader. What more could one ask of a book?

From cover to cover (and this, for once, is a happily hefty tome!), the reader travels with the author-photographer along his journey--across the years and around the world--as he captures in pictures and prose the irreducible beauty of the world around us. More than anything, though, this book lifts us off our self-imposed fast track long enough to reopen those all-too-long shuttered windows on the wonder of the world we inhabit.

The photographs are, simply put, majestic. I will never look at a bird the same way again! (God alone knows how the birds will look at me.) The volume is enriched exponentially with a gentle, gracefully poised commentary (never pedantic) that invites the reader to pause and marvel at the grandeur and dignity of these creatures with whom we share our world, our lives and, at times--not often enough, our behavior. This book, photography and prose, comes to the reader clearly filtered through keen eyes and a vast and rich heart. It is, in a few words and with a nod to Cleanth Brooks, one "well wrought urn."

On a practical (read: banal) note, "Waterbirds" has solved my gifting predicaments for some time to come. This may at first look like a "coffee table book." Believe me, it won't stay on coffee tables very long. There's just too much to learn and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Osborne on January 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am truly amazed at the beauty and class of the photos.
Also, the use of the language used by Mr. Cross was
wonderful. I am intrigued by the travels that had to be made to complete this most enjoyable book. I read this book from cover to cover. I thank Mr. Cross for enabling me to learn about and enjoy the many birds exhibited in this absolutely wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on December 27, 2009
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I received "Waterbirds" yesterday, and agree totally with the previous reviews. This is a book that has so much to teach the reader about Waterbirds - it is far more than beautiful photographs. The text is beautiful as well.
One bad note though - the book has been bound wrong - I was shocked to see this.
Beginning after Page 24 the page becomes Page 40 and then goes to backward to Page 25 with all of these pages in the book upside down.
I will have to return the book.
Perhaps this is why the book is "temporarily out of stock" - a disappointment for a book of this quality.

Ev
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