About the book
In this Michael’s sixth book, he has brought together the material collected during years of travelling to all 50 American States. The earliest trips at the beginning of the 1970’s were to research work for an exhibition at the Carl Battaglia Gallery in New York but the majority of trips through the 1980’s and early 1990’s were to gather material for projects initiated by Jim Helzer for the National Audubon Society and Unicover Corporation.
Some of the locations and birds shown in the book are well known but there are some specialist birds and less visited locations. The book conveys the varied habitats and landscapes and richness of both plant and birdlife to be found on this amazing continent. Michael has been able to combine the enthusiasm of the dedicated birdwatcher with the unique talent of an artist able to portray the atmosphere and often intricate environment in which the birds exist and to convey the varied tapestry of American birdlife.
‘His latest tour de force, American Birding Sketchbook, provides a wonderful eulogy to these gaily coloured sprites that delight in such names as yellow breasted chat, golden winged warbler and northern parula. Recently I have been dipping into its pages and basking in the full page panoramas and individual vignettes.
Mike’s ability to produce living scenes with the deftest of brush strokes and to fill them with birds that look ready to fly off the page is testament to his artistic excellence and experience.’
Stuart Winter Sunday Express Nov 11 2012 page 8