Feather and Brush: Three centuries of Australian bird art
CSIRO Publishing, $69.95 hb, 240 pp
Gilbert White, in 1789, declared that ‘the language of birds is very ancient and, like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical: little is said, but much is meant and understood’. How then to portray the speakers of such language? How to give them meaning and understanding as well as plumage?