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Birds of Central Park Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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The surprise here is that New York City's Central Park is one of the country's top birding sites. The 843-acre park is a magnet for more than 200 species on their migratory routes. Author/photographer Vornberger has caught the birds in action and interaction; he includes information about how he got some of his spectacular shots and a small pocket guide.
Editors of Scientific American
Central Park's 843 acres--with its ponds and lake--is one of the top birding spots in the country. Vornberger, a wildlife photographer who also wrote the informative text, has captured the beauty and elegance of the park's birds in 175 stunning color photographs. He divides the book into four seasons, telling readers--for instance--which species can be seen during spring migration or which ducks stick around during the winter after moving south from their summer breeding grounds. Summer is the nesting season for birds that breed in the park; fall is again migration time, and many species stop by on the way south. The photos include a great blue heron feeding on a crayfish, a mallard sharing a pond with a turtle, and Canadian goslings in their nest. There is a removable foldout pocket guide of color photos of the birds, and a colorkey indicates the primary season during which each bird can be seen in the park. Birdwatchers will be captivated. George Cohen
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With all these birds, birders and bird photographers, there was a huge niche for a book called "Birds of Central Park". Cal Vornberger has filled that niche.
Vornberger has digitally captured the wide variety of birds that pass through Central Park. He presents these birds by season rather than in taxonomical order, which helps to give an impression of the bird life in the park the way that a birder would see it. Like all good photographers Cal is concerned with the light. But his style is different from those of other bird photographers, like Art Morris or Tom Vezo. Instead of being concerned with artistic composition, or deep focus to give a sense of the environment, the author seems aimed at a sense of intimacy with the individual birds. Most of the birds pictured fill the frame completely, forcing us to focus on the individual.
What is amazing is not only how close Vornberger has gotten to his subjects, but how he has caught them in the details of their daily lives. I have never seen so many photographs of birds with food, whether insects, berries or crustaceans, in their mouth. And he has caught many of these birds in flight, reminding me of the bird pictures of the great Eliot Porter. But the artist that Vornberger's portraits most remind me of is the great John James Audubon. There is this same sense of intimacy and presentation against a subtle background.
Occasionally, Vornberger brings his own special aesthetic to the book, as when he pictures a cardinal taking off in the snow on the face page to the winter section. The bird's wings are cut off, the bird faces away from us and the only way that the reader can tell that the white background is snow is from the white snowflakes that follow the bird's ascent. And yet this picture captures a moment better than most technically perfect photographs.
Vornberger's occasional remarks interspersed with the pictures often present a little known fact about the subject or give a hint to other bird photographers hoping to duplicate his accomplishments.
This book should not be considered a guide to Central Park's birds, although there is a convenient pocket guide in a slipcover in the back of the book. Instead it is a testimonial to the birds of Central Park. New York lovers, birders and photographers will want to page through this book to recall the avian pleasures of the park.
I've seen Cal Vornberger a few times as he was going about his business and intensely bringing his huge 600mm lens to bear on some unsuspecting bird.
Until purchasing the book, my exposure (no pun intended) to Vornberger's work was limited to a few looks at his website.
While there are some standard "bird on a stick" shots, they do not by any means make up the majority of the photos. Frankly, anyone with a long lens can take a picture of a perched bird.
What sets Vornberger apart is his knowledge of each species and having the patience to wait for his subjects to be doing something interesting. His shots of so many different species going about the business of feeding, nesting and simply interacting with each other are outstanding.
The printing is excellent and the essays by Vornberger and Marie Winn are informative and very well written. I spend a lot of time in Central Park shooting general nature subjects, but Vornberger's maps led me to discover some areas of the park that I'd never before explored.
If you have any interest in birds, Central Park or photography, this is a must buy.
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