205 pages, 150 colour photos
Naturalist William Burt is known for seeking out wild places and elusive birds – and none fit the bill quite so well as the creatures featured in Water Babies. This may well be his break-out book, featuring the downy young of the wetlands, whose images are full of character and appeal. Most of these birds have never been captured on film until now. From the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality and spunk. In the wetlands, they come together, drawn by one essential need: water. These babies then, are birds that get their feet wet; Water Babies is one for bird lovers, naturalists, photographers, and animal lovers.
"[...] Water Babies: The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds is a treat. The incredible photographs will illicit plenty of ‘awwww’s, but are also interesting from an ornithological and photographical point of view. Likewise, the accompanying text is fun to read and informative. Anyone who likes birds in the slightest should enjoy it."
– Grant McCreary (12-02-2016), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"A perfectionist whose photographs of shy and elusive birds of the wetlands are unquestionably the finest ever taken."
– Roger Tory Peterson
"What really comes through, in the writing and the photographs, is his deep and sensitive appreciation of the uniqueness of each of these most intriguing birds."
– David Allen Sibley
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William Burt is a naturalist, photographer, and writer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes and the shy birds within. His photographs and stories have appeared in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and other magazines. Author of three previous illustrated books on elusive birds, Burt has also lectured and exhibited in museums nationwide. He lives in Lyme, Connecticut.