The Living Bird, published by Mountaineers Books, celebrates 100 years of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Illustrated with remarkable photographs by Gerrit Vyn, the book is an intimate exploration of North America's bird species and of the complex relationship between people and birds. Separate sections of the book contain fascinating essays covering bird behaviour, habitats and conservation.
Gerrit Vyn / Strutting male Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus). Gunnison County, Colorado, USA, April.
Gerrit Vyn / Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) roosting in an abandoned barn. Idaho, USA. February.
Gerrit Vyn / Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) in defensive posture. Alberta, Canada. May.
Gerrit Vyn / Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) fluffing feathers, this image was taken during a massive increase in the range and population of snowy owls. Boundary Bay, Canada. March.
Gerrit Vyn / Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) portrait of male displaying on snow covered ground, Pierce County, Rainer NP, Washington, USA, June.
Gerrit Vyn / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) feeding on salmon along the partially frozen Chilkat River. Alaska, USA. November.
Gerrit Vyn / American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) taking off from water, Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. February.
Gerrit Vyn / Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) in flight. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida, USA, June.
Gerrit Vyn / Pair of adult Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) in flight. Skagit County, Washington. January.
Gerrit Vyn / Barrow's Goldeneye duck pair (Bucephala islandica) male infront of female, Okanogan County, Washington, USA April
Gerrit Vyn / Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male in breeding plumage performing a ^bubbling display^which is used in both courtship and aggressive territorial encounters. The male holds its head and tail and 2 ro...
Gerrit Vyn / Tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) in breeding plumage. St. Paul Island, Alaska. July.
Gerrit Vyn / Steller's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) calling. Pierce County, Washington, USA. May.
Gerrit Vyn / Adult male Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) displaying. Dry Tortugas NP, Florida, USA
Gerrit Vyn / Trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) adult pair on a nesting lake, Central Alaska, USA September
Gerrit Vyn / Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) perching on a flowering cactus plant, Hidalgo County, Texas.
Gerrit Vyn / American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in breeding plumage, perched on branch, Tompkins County, New York, USA. May.
Gerrit Vyn / Flock of ^Greater^ Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) departing an agricultural field during migration. Montezuma NWR, New York, USA March.
Gerrit Vyn / Aerial view of large flock of molting Brant. These geese have found refuge on a shallow lake. During their summer moult the geese are flightless. The Teshekpuk Lake area is the most important goose m...
Gerrit Vyn / Greater snow geese (Chen caerulescens) taking flight at sunset during migration. Montezuma National Wildlife Rescue, New York, USA. March.
Gerrit Vyn / Red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) in flight. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Siskiyou County, California, USA. December.
Gerrit Vyn / Cape may warbler (Dendroica tigrina) in breeding plumage. Alberta, Canada. June.
Gerrit Vyn / Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) male head portrait, Okanogan County, Washington, USA April
Gerrit Vyn / Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) male drumming in spring to attract females. Grouse begins with 2 or 3 slow beats, then gradually increases the speed creating a drumlike roll. Okanogan County, Washingt...
Gerrit Vyn / Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) displaying neck ^ruff^. The ruff is most often displayed once a female is present. Okanogan County, Washington. April.
Gerrit Vyn / Spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) male in forest, Okanogan County, Washington, USA. May.
Gerrit Vyn / Female Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) incubating nest under a sage bush canopy. Sublette County, Wyoming, USA. May.
Gerrit Vyn / White tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus) adult female in autumnal moult, Central Cascades, Washington, USA. September.
Gerrit Vyn / Spruce grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) stops while foraging among fall blueberry bushes. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
Gerrit Vyn / Aggressive encounter between two male Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanachus cupido) on a lek. During these aggressive encounters, males lower their pinnae feathers, deflate their air sacs, leap into t...
Gerrit Vyn / Newly hatched, day old Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) chicks. Sublette County, Wyoming, USA. May.
Gerrit Vyn / Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male displaying on a lek in spring at sunset, Sublette County, Wyoming. March.
Gerrit Vyn / Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) walking across a snow covered lek. Sublette County, Wyoming. March.
Gerrit Vyn / Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) male in flight over snow. Gunnison County, Colorado, USA, April.
Gerrit Vyn / Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) gathered in the center of a lek as the dominant male displays. Sublette County, Wyoming. March.