What makes Andrew Zuckerman’s work shocking is that his photographs are completely real. The colors are so vivid, the textures so rich, and the background, so stark — and all of the animals are caught at exactly the right moment thanks to his 1/8000th of a second shutter speed. Check out more of his bird portraits, along with a behind-the-scenes video that reveals how he’s able to capture the essence of each creature, after the jump. If you like what you see, pick up a copy of his 2009 coffee table book, Bird
, which features 200 photographs of nearly 75 different species.