I’m uncomfortable tootin’ my own horn but I promised readers that I’d provide more details about who published this image when the book came out.
1/2000, f/8, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + 1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in
National Geographic recently published a new kids book about birds titled “Little Kids First Big Book Of Birds” and this image of mine is included in it. The photo is of an adult Western Grebe back brooding one of its chicks at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.
My complimentary copy of the book was waiting for me when I returned home from my Montana camping trip earlier this week.
And here’s my image, cropped differently than I’d presented it on my blog. I was pleased to note that they used my photo to actually teach something about the natural history of birds – in this case the bare crown patch on the forehead of the chick that turns color when the youngster is begging for food (or becomes excited when separated from its parents).
I was delighted that National Geographic used my photo in a book for little kids. I believe that teaching younger generations about the wonders of nature is an investment in our future – one of the fading number of hopes we have for a relatively healthy planet down the road. And this retired biology teacher couldn’t be happier to be part of that effort.
I’ve had concerns about the future integrity of National Geographic ever since climate-denier Rupert Murdoch took them over last year. Many observers fear an eventual loss of autonomy and a dumbing-down of the science in their publications as a result of his influence. But based on what I see in this book it hasn’t happened yet – the science seems accurate, unbiased and the reading level appropriate for its intended audience.
So I’m happy to have played a small part in the project.
- Reader Jo Ann Donnelly has informed me that the book won’t be shipped or available to the general public until 7/12/16 (she looked it up on both Amazon and the NG website). Price will be $14.95.
- Regular readers may know that I’m somewhat reluctant to offer prints for sale because it can be more hassle than it’s worth to me. But there have been multiple requests to purchase a print of this image so I’ve made arrangements with my printer to produce and ship 16×20 prints of the image upon request. Anyone interested in purchasing one of them can reach me through the “contact me” button at the top of my blog (just above the rotating banner). Price will be $90, including printing costs and shipping within the continental U.S.