Living on the Neuse River in Raleigh, NC affords him the opportunity to photograph many species of birds. Unlike his previous books, including A Guided Tour of Avian Anatomy (2014), this book is not directed primarily toward veterinary students. A Guided Tour of Birds and Their Anatomy is directed toward a more “general public.” There are hundreds of “bird books,” but what sets this book apart is its emphasis on anatomy. It is written from the perspective of a veterinary anatomist.
Some of the questions answered in this book include: Do some birds hibernate? Why do some birds migrate? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, the feather or the bird? Did feathers evolve for flight? What is that “white blob” attached to the egg yolk? Do birds have a cleft palate? How do owls fly so quietly? Do some birds have rocks in their stomach? How can birds breathe without a diaphragm? Can some birds drink seawater? How can birds sing without vocal cords? Why can’t birds lay more than one egg a day? Just why did the chicken cross the road?
The 2015 edition consists of 180 pages, and contains some 348 photographs and illustrations. The book is perfect bound and is printed on high quality paper.