To John James Audubon, the hummingbird was "a glittering fragment of rainbowâ€¦ with motions so graceful as they are light and airy, pursuing its course and yielding new delights wherever it is seen." Everyone loves to watch the flashing movements of hummingbirds as they hover around gardens. Now, in 70 pages and more than 200 color photographs and charts, this complete reference for bird lovers, woodcarvers and other artists will add to your understanding and appreciation of these beautiful birds. Inside You'll Find: - Interesting facts and information about a number of hummingbird species - Specific information and color photographs of the ruby-throated hummingbird and the broad-tailed hummingbird - Illustrations giving anatomical information such as wing position during hovering flight - Drawings comparing structural characteristics of 15 hummingbird species - Tool and supplies best suited for carving these delicate birds - Patterns, color charts and complete step-by-step photos and instructions for carving and painting two hummingbird species-the ruby-throated hummingbird and the broad-tailed hummingbird - Detailed instructions on creating habitat - including step-by-step photos and instructions for making a flowering morning-glory vine Charles Solomon is a fish and wildlife biologist for the National Biological Service and an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University. He has taught carving and competed nationally for over 10 years. The quality of his work is nationally recognized through 80 ribbons won at shows throughout North America. David Hamilton is an ecologist by profession, working primarily in wetland management. He has carved and competed for the past eight years. In addition to hummingbirds, David also carves wading birds common to the wetland areas he studies. He has won numerous ribbons for his open-winged hummingbird carvings.