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Posted: 25th July 2013

"Our favourite drawings from Katrina van Grouw's The Unfeathered Bird."

"There is more to a bird than simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying ancestor, doesn’t mean they are structurally all the same. With over 300 stunning drawings representing 200 species, The Unfeathered Bird is the most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy ever produced and offers a refreshingly original insight into what goes on beneath the surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual specimen and reproduced in sumptuous large format. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behavior typical of the species: a fish’s-eye view of a swimming loon skeleton, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered sparrowhawk plucking its prey."




A really interesting way to view the layers of anatomy and how they piece together.

Further Reading

Michael Elion - Rainbows in Cape Town

Michael Elion's photographs are beautiful and unexpected moments of discovery on the streets of Cape Town.