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Great Texas birds
O'Neill, John P., 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
120 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
Format :


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QL684.T4 O54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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What makes any bird a "great" bird? For some birders, it's the rarity of a species that they've finally added to their life list after years of patient watching. Others will tell you that the great birds are the most beautiful ones. But most people know that the great birds are simply the ones we like the best, rare or common-the ones that have imprinted themselves indelibly on our lives.

This beautiful book presents exquisite paintings of forty-eight Texas birds chosen by John O'Neill and Suzanne Winckler as their own personal "greats." Some of the birds are as common as they are beloved. Others are definitely life-list birds-rare, beautiful, exotic-sounding, or all three at once. The authors have also gathered a flock of well-known Texas birders and nature writers to offer personal, scientific, or literary observations about each bird. In all, forty-eight writers, one to a bird, are included here.

These beautifully detailed paintings and the observations that accompany them make a convincing case that these are, indeed, the great Texas birds. Whether you're a serious birder or simply a backyard bird watcher, you'll find in this book a "lovely edifice" where people who care about birds can be together.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

O'Neill, a renowned bird painter, with the help of writer Winckler has collected some 48 of his favorite paintings of Texas birds. Each painting is accompanied by a page of text (opposite the plate) written by a "Texas birder." This accompanying account offers personal, scientific, or literary observations about the bird depicted. O'Neill, a native Texan, has produced bird paintings that have appeared in many publications and have been exhibited in museums worldwide. He is considered to be "... one of the most diligent and creative painters of birds ... His dynamic style, often involving bold use of light and color, has inspired several other artists of his circle." Neither a field book or reference, the book perhaps is best considered as a coffee-table publication. The birds included are rare and common species from all the major groups. The plates are excellent; this reviewer plans to remove and frame several. It is suggested that readers who obtain the book or have access to it not only enjoy the art work but also read the very entertaining species accounts. The cost is reasonable for this oversize book, which will likely be purchased by avid birders who enjoy fine art. General readers. K. L. Williams; Northwestern State University

Table of Contents

PrefaceSuzanne Winckler
IntroductionJohn P. O'Neill
Brown PelicanBill Graber
Green HeronJim Peterson
Reddish EgretRose Ann Rowlett
Roseate SpoonbillStephen Harrigan
Black-bellied Whistling DuckStephen E. ""Chip"" Labuda Jr.
Wood DuckRoy Bedicheck
Swallow-tailed KiteDavid Braun
Harris's HawkGreg Lasley
Crested CaracaraFather Tom Pincelli
Plain ChachalacaJohn Rowlett
Greater Prairie-ChickenEdgar B. Kincaid Jr.
Northern Bobwhite by