National Geographic : 1952 Mar
Arthur A. Allen Far Quicker Than a Wink, the Stroboscopic Flash Catches the Flick of a Robin's Protective Inner Eyelid "STALKING BIRDS with COLOR CAMERA" New NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Book Acclaimed by Reviewers _i IRD AUTHORITIES and reviewers S from coast to coast are hailing the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S unique book on birds, written and illus trated by Arthur A. Allen and edited by Gilbert Grosvenor. In his column, This and That, appearing in The Evening Star, Washington, D. C., Charles E. Tracewell says in part: "If you want a superpresent for a bird lover,'Stalking Birds with Color Camera' is it. This beautiful volume, with 331 color photographs, will come as an answer to a photographer's dream, too, for it contains some of the most marvelous of all photography in perfect reproduction. "Of the 331 color plates, 264 were made by Dr. Allen, 67 by other authorities, with all the text by Dr. Allen, except the chapter on hummingbird flight. . . . The photographs in black and white are an extra bonus in this lovely work. . . . The color is of the highest excellence. It is of course absolutely authentic. "When you see the young cowbird demanding food from its foster parent, an indigo bunting, you see the real thing. ... . An albino rose-breasted grosbeak, with its rosy breast and creamy white feathers, is as real as if the viewer were looking at it in a cage .... This is the great advantage of photography . . . veri similitude, in the best sense. "It was this precious quality that Dr. Allen caught and which has been transferred to these glowing pages. The little redpoll, on page 91, looks ready to step right out of the page. Pink flamingos will remind older readers for all the world of those pink coconut cakes of their childhood. "One should not think that photographs are all that is here. In this volume one discovers what birds hear, how owls see at night, why cardinals shadow-box at windows, all about the male phalarope that does all the nesting duties except lay the egg. Here is the story of the famous bristle-thighed curlew. Here one finds that the black-polled warbler, weighing less than an ounce, makes a round trip in migration of more than 10,000 miles. There are stories and facts here to interest all friends of birds . . . "The future of bird illustration lies with color pho tography . . . modern cameras and flash equipment have opened a new age in nature study. 'Stalking Birds with Color Camera' is an excellent example of what we mean." Because heavy first cost for this delightful companion and valuable reference work was borne by the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, the book is available at the moderate cost of $7.50 in U. S. & Poss. (elsewhere $7.75), postpaid. Richly bound in green linen covers, 7 "x 10'/ "; 328 pages. KNOW YOUR BIRDS THIS SPRING ! ------- ORDER NOW ----- National Geographic Society Dept. F-E, Washington 6, D. C. 19 Enclosed please find $......... for which send me ....... copies of "Stalking Birds with Color Camera." Price, $7.50 in U. S . & Poss.; elsewhere, $7.75 in U. S. funds. Postage prepaid. Name Address Obtainable only from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Dept. F-E, Washington 6, D. C.