We all admire birds. Some of us look-up to them for the sheer grace and natural beauty they possess while some of us just want to spread our wings and enjoy freedom, the way they do. But, for Joel Sartore who is a National Geographic photographer, speaker, author, and conservationist, birds and all other endangered animals became a special cause. A cause for which he so deeply believed in that he founded a project called Photo Ark in 2005 aiming at spreading awareness across the world about all the endangered animals.
Sartore asked himself, “How can I get people to care that we could lose half of our species by the turn of the next century?” That’s when he came up with the Photo Ark project and ever since then, he has been traveling the world to take animal portraits. Till now, he has taken portraits of 7,885 species and he recently released Birds of the Photo Ark book which covers a collection of stunning images featuring more than 300 bird species.
To give you a look at this marvelous work, we have featured here some of the captivating birds that Sartore has taken. Here you go:
1. A “Eurasian black vulture” (Aegypius monachus), at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California.
2. A “wattled jacana” at the National Aviary breeding center.
3. A “lesser white-fronted goose” (Anser erythropus), at Sylvan Heights Bird Park.
4. “Indian blue peafowl” (Pavo cristatus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
5. A “spotted eagle owl” (Bubo africanus) from the Plzen Zoo.
6. “Northern white-faced owls” (Ptilopsis leucotis).
7. A vulnerable female griffon” vulture (Gyps fulvus).
8. A “hawk-headed parrot” (Deroptyus accipitrinus).
9. A “great blue turaco”(Corythaeola cristata).
10. A “great grey owl” (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.
11. “White-tailed hawk” (Geranoaetus albicaudatus), at the National Aviary of Colombia.
12. A critically endangered “northern bald ibis” (Geronticus eremita).
13. A “Common bay owl” (Phodilus badius), at Penang Bird Park.
This is the cover of the book.