John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)

John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)

Nanaimo photographer launches book on ‘difficult to see’ tropical birds

John P. Whitelaw’s book to launch July 20 at Nanaimo Museum

A Nanaimo photographer will launch a photography book that showcases “difficult to see, but not altogether rare” birds of Central American forests.

John P. Whitelaw’s Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory is a product of at least five years work. The book, published in May, has been well-reviewed by David Suzuki, Wade Davis, and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.

“[My book] includes essays by Dr. Jeffrey D. Brawn, a University of Illinois ornithologist and conservation biologist, Henry S. Pollock, one of Brawn’s postdoc students, and John W. Fitzpatrick, a retired executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,” said Whitelaw, and added he selected them to write accompanying essays as they are considered leaders in modern ornithology.

The launch of Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory will take place at the Nanaimo Museum on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.

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