Sandhill cranes are in full voice on the prairies of North Dakota and northwest Minnesota this time of year, and the return of the lanky birds is an anticipated sign of spring.
Cranes and two other lanky species, herons and egrets, are the stars of Stan Tekiela’s new book, “Cranes, Herons & Egrets: The Elegance of Our Tallest Birds.”
Logging in at 144 pages, the full-color coffee table book is richly illustrated with Tekiela’s action photos of the three species and their behaviors, interspersed with text highlighting the birds’ biology, their life histories and the challenges they face in surviving.
It’s light reading and fast reading—the kind of book easily read in a single sitting or by browsing a few pages at a time—and Tekiela, an award-winning photographer, spent years observing and studying the three species.
“Everything about them is interesting—from how they walk to how they fly to how tall they are,” Tekiela says. “These historic birds are ingrained in folklore around the world.”
Published by Adventure Publications in Cambridge, Minn., “Cranes, Herons & Egrets” is part of the Wildlife Appreciation series of coffee table books focusing on a variety of wildlife species, including eagles, hummingbirds, bears, wolves, loons and woodpeckers.
Tekiela, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, has written more than 130 books, including nature appreciation books and children’s books. He is perhaps best known for his state-specific series of field guides, which includes books about birds, mammals, trees and wildflowers.
Like the previous 10 books in the Wildlife Appreciation series, “Cranes, Herons & Egrets” is the kind of book that would look great on any coffee table, whether in a Northwoods cabin or a more urban setting.
“Cranes, Herons & Egrets” retails for $14.95 and is available through Amazon, among other outlets. For more information, check out the publisher’s website at adventurepublications.net.