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New book searches for every bird on the Brooklyn waterfront

June 9, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Heather Wolf. Photos courtesy of The Experiment Publishing

Brooklyn BookBeat

Birding at the Bridge,” a new book by Heather Wolf, will be published on June 14. It features a stunning collection of photographs taken where you might never expect to find more than 100 species of birds — our very own Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Wolf will be teaching a class related to her book on June 22 at the Brooklyn Brainery (6-8 p.m. at 190 Underhill Ave.), and she will also speak at Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 11.

The Brooklyn Bridge once overshadowed a decaying industrial waterfront, but today it points the way to a new green oasis: Brooklyn Bridge Park. When avid birder Heather Wolf moved from tropical Florida to a nearby apartment, she wondered how many species she might see there, and soon came to a surprising realization: Not only is the park filled with an astonishing variety of birds, but the challenges that come with urban birding make them even more fun — and rewarding — to find. 

Camera in hand, Wolf has captured scores of memorable scenes — a European starling pokes its head out of a hole in a snack shop, a marsh wren straddles two branches, common grackle nestlings clamor for food above the basketball courts — in more than 150 photographs that will entrance birders and bird lovers.

From the familiar-but-striking bufflehead duck to the elusive mourning warbler, every species comes to life on the page, foraging, nesting and soaring in the slice of the city where they’ve made themselves at home.