“The Delphi Club Guide to the Birds of Abaco” was recently published by Delphi Club Publications, and a collection of the books were prominently displayed at a celebratory book launch party at The Delphi Club on March 14.
Guests were served drinks and canapés as they mingled and toured the facilities before Peter Mantle, Delphi’s managing director, signaled for everyone’s attention as he introduced Keith Salvesen, the author.
According to Mr. Salvesen, it took 16 months to write and complete the 272-page book, which features 163 species of birds. The 350 photographs were contributed by 30 photographers, which includes guests of The Delphi Club and Abaco residents.
The cover was designed by Keith’s wife – Sally Salvesen – and highlights a Bahama Woodstar, which is an endemic bird species of The Bahamas.
Mr. Salvesan said a lot of common birds were photographed like the Black-Faced Grassquit and the more rare bird species like the Kirtland’s Warbler. Their findings included the Swainson’s Hawk and the Black-Browed Albatross, which were recorded and photographed for the first time in The Bahamas.
He added that the book also contains a scientific listing of all 281 bird species recorded in Abaco since 1950, which was compiled by Tony White from Nassau along with Dr. Elwood Bracey.
One of the stipulations was that every bird included in the book had to be photographed on Abaco.
“We made it an exclusively Abaco project,” Mr. Salvesen explained.
The book was published as a limited edition of 600 copies sold at $145 each. While 500 copies of the book are available exclusively through The Delphi Club, 25 schools on Abaco will receive copies as well as the National Library of the Bahamas, the Minister for Education and the book’s contributors. Part of the profits will be donated to local Abaco wildlife causes.
Mr. Salvesen was happy to autograph all books that were purchased by guests at the event.
The Delphi Club opened in 2009 as a micro-hotel and bonefishing lodge located approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Harbour overlooking a breathtaking Atlantic beach called Rolling Harbour. As one of the world’s great fishing lodges, it appeals to international clientele from Europe, North America and beyond.
Sandy Walker, who served as General Manager for the past five years, will be replaced by Max Woolnough in April.
For your copy of “The Delphi Club Guide to the Birds of Abaco,” contact The Delphi Club at: 1-242-366-2222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.