Robert Clark delves into the exquisite gem-colored world of birds in his recently released book–Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage. A fascinating visual examination of the multitude of colors and functions of the seemingly-simple bird feather, the book pairs beautifully clear shots of bird species and their feathers with explanatory descriptions of their functional uses and evolutionary importance. From the bright green plume that adorns the head of the Golden-Headed Quetzal in South America to the mesmerizing crest of the Gray Junglefowl, Clark’s extraordinary images pay tribute to the bird world’s natural masterpieces.
Clark’s interest in these animals was piqued during childhood as he watched migratory birds in his native state of Kansas. The fascination grew as he began to research Darwin’s theory of evolution, and learned how bird species were central to the development of these significant ideas. Clark’s fascinating book is the result of this passion for understanding and years of building his photographic skills. Colorful close-ups, and intensely detailed shots highlight the complexly varied plumage of bird species all over the world.
Over a fifteen-year association with National Geographic Clark has shot a dozen covers and won numerous awards for his innovative work. With a keen photographic eye and a passion for exploring the science of evolution, Clark’s bird book is a brilliant marriage of artistic outpouring with deeper explanations. It serves to draw attention to the brilliant biological displays around us every day.