Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide

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Combining informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and--above all--stunning color photographs, this is the best and most lavishly illustrated photographic guide to the birds of eastern North America. All of the images have been carefully selected to convey both the sheer beauty and the key identification features of each bird, and many of the photos are larger than those found in other guides. Wherever possible, a variety of plumages are pictured, providing visual coverage and usefulness matching any ...

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Overview

Combining informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and--above all--stunning color photographs, this is the best and most lavishly illustrated photographic guide to the birds of eastern North America. All of the images have been carefully selected to convey both the sheer beauty and the key identification features of each bird, and many of the photos are larger than those found in other guides. Wherever possible, a variety of plumages are pictured, providing visual coverage and usefulness matching any artwork-illustrated field guide. And many of the images are state-of-the-art digital photographs by Brian Small, one of North America's finest bird photographers. These pictures, many seen here for the first time, reproduce a previously unimaginable level of detail. Finally, the ranges of nearly all species are shown on maps from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the authority on North American birding. New and experienced birders alike will find this guide indispensable: the clear layout will help novices easily identify the birds they see, while the superb photographs will help seasoned birders confirm identifications.

  • The best, most lavishly illustrated photographic guide to the region's birds
  • Larger color photos than most other field guides
  • Fresh contemporary design--clear, easy-to-use, and attractive
  • Informative, accessible, and authoritative text
  • Range maps from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • Covers entire eastern half of mainland North America and the arctic and subarctic territorial islands of the U.S. and Canada
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Editorial Reviews

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"Informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and stunning color photographs. Images have been carefully selected to convey both the sheer beauty and the key identification features of each bird, and many of the photos are larger than those found in most other guides."--OSNA Birds

"I never used to be very keen on photographic field guides for birds until I perused these two volumes. . . . An excellent volume set for the North American birder, complete with lavish photos larger than those seen in other field guides, useful, up-to-date range maps and an easy-to-use format."--David Bird, Montreal Gazette

"The Sterry/Small guides are an innovative, useful addition to the arsenal of tools available to help us improve our birding skills. These outstanding guides deserve a place in your pocket, bookshelf, nightstand and bathroom."--Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine web site

"The Sterry and Small field guide is good in that the photographs, which are outstanding, are quite large for a book small enough to fit into a big pocket. Colored bars with family names across the top of each page make it quick and easy to locate the warblers, wrens, etc. Range maps include all of North America, not just the eastern region. Status, habitat and observation tips are given for each species."--Marcia Davis, Knoxville News Sentinel

"Deserve a perch in your birding library. Birds of Western North America and its companion guide Birds of Eastern North America are photographic field guides, with clear, well-defined full-color photos for ease of identification."--David Buchanan, Grand Junctions Sentinel

"Sterry and Small have produced what I believe is the finest photographic field guide of eastern birds. . . . The photographs in this guide are crisp, informative and, in many cases, stunning."--Herb Wilson, Portland Press Herald

"Compact and modestly priced, Birds of Eastern North America is a beautiful field guide (in fact, one of the best I've seen) and the top-notch photos are accompanied by oodles of informative facts and figures about the species illustrated."--Ron Tott, The Travel Editor

"Fabulous photographic field guides. . . . Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide, and its companion piece Birds of Western North America, are a tremendous addition to any library of bird identification literature. . . . Even those accustomed to an artist's illustration rather than photography to highlight identification features will find themselves reaching for these volumes time after time to confirm a field sighting of a bird in its natural habitat."--Birding Business

"Many of the more recent field guides to birds are illustrated with high-quality photographs. The present offerings, produced by well-respected authors/photographers Sterry and Small, are additional fine examples. . . . They are . . . beautiful, exceptionally well-produced volumes that will be found in most libraries with comprehensive ornithological holdings and on the shelves of many birders."--Choice

"I highly recommend these books as field guides for intermediate birders . . . and as home study guides for beginners and armchair naturalists. Of course every avid birders will want these guides as well."--Dan Kunkle, Wildlife Activist
"These indispensable guides will quickly become the preferred photographic guides for new and experienced birders alike. The clear layout will help novices easily identify the birds they see, while the superb photographs will help seasoned birders confirm identifications."--Adventure Sports Outdoors

"With these volumes, we've at last found photographic guides that are as easy to identify birds from as I.D. books that feature paintings. . . . [These] photographic guides aren't pocket size, but they're small enough that we'll carry them in the car and, with binoculars, in a pack on a serious birding outing. We expect to spend some enjoyable winter evenings browsing through them, enjoying the superb photos, and readable text, looking up old friends and preparing to meet new ones."--Bob and Linda Steiner, The Derrick

"The most impressive feature of this field guide is the photography. Each species account contains one to several photographs: most are large and sharp and clearly illustrate useful details for identification. . . . It would make a nice addition to any collection of bird guides, if nothing else for the beautiful photographs."--Amber N. Wiewel, Iowa Bird Life

"These guides are certainly worthy as a secondary field guide and photographic reference. No question, they are certainly the best photographic guides currently available."--Alan Knue, South Dakota Bird Notes

"Sterry and Small have created the best photograph based field guides I have seen for North American birds."--Michael J. Andersen, Quarterly Review of Biology

"[T]hese [two] books do have truly wonderful photographs and written descriptions that are useful in identifying and differentiating species. The guides could be especially useful to the casual birder. If you consider the cost of the paperback edition, they are an attractive, affordable addition to one's library."--Clayton M. White, Western North American Naturalist

"With the proliferation of options, choosing a good field guide is increasingly a question of personal preference. Most of my casual birder friends prefer photographic guides; most keen birders seem to prefer traditional guides with paintings. I would recommend this book for novice birders and for those wanting to supplement a more traditional guide."--Mark Gawn, Canadian Field-Naturalist

"The large, well-composed and well-edited photographs, combined with good text and range maps, may very well place these as the top photographic guides for North America."--Nathan Hentze, Discovery

"Exceptionally well done. Double-page layouts of text and maps on the left and digitally enhanced photos of the matching birds on the right make these guides easy to use in the field."--John Riutta, Bird Watcher's Digest

"Birds of Western North America and the Birds of Eastern North America are quite simply the most lavishly illustrated photographic guides to date of North American avifauna. Because of that fact, perhaps amateur and advanced birders will not object to procuring both books together when exploring such birding hot spots as the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and elsewhere."--Gene Wilhelm, Pennsylvania Birds

Library Journal
In the latest bird field guides to hit the market, British author-naturalist Sterry (HarperCollins Complete North American Wildlife) and Birding magazine photo editor Small offer birders excellent state-of-the art digital photos and comprehensive, up-to-date data on North American birds. Species information includes common and scientific names, field marks, plumage variation, size, vocalization, range maps provided by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and habitat. Conservation status and observation tips for each species are also included. However, some specialized terms are not defined in the short glossary. Publishing as two regional editions rather than as a single volume results in a more portable guide, but birders may still need to carry both, depending on location or travel plans. Comparable guides include Ted Floyd's Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America and Edward Brinkley's National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Field Guide to Birds of North America. All three titles are excellent. However, the Sterry-Small guide's larger photos aid identification and highlight variable plumage. Corner insets identify groups of birds for easier browsing. VERDICT Birders will love the portability, excellent photography, habitat, and conservation information. Libraries in some locations may need to purchase both volumes to cover all birds occurring in their area.—Sally Bickley, Del Mar Coll. Lib., Corpus Christi, TX
Washington Post
The ultimate handbook to accompany you in the field or while bird watching at home. . . . [A]n excellent visual reference for the identification of birds.
— Joel Lerner
Birder's World
Brian Small and co-author Paul Sterry have taken the photo-based field guide to a new level. Their new books are beautifully designed and well written. Photos are tack-sharp, and tightly cropped, giving close-up views of each bird.
— Matt Mendenhall
New York Post
Whether you are a birding fanatic or someone who enjoys looking in their backyard to see what shows up, there is a new bird guide that will fill your need. . . . With great photos of more than 500 species, this is a wonderful photographic guide making identification of birds that much easier. Both the Eastern and Western versions are great gift ideas.
— Ken Moran
Birder's Library
The large, excellent photos, combined with the overall design, make this probably the most attractive general field guide I've seen. . . . This is the first field guide that I would recommend to bird photography aficionados solely on the merit of the pictures, irrespective of its value as a field guide. Finally, the exceptional, large photographs make these an attractive primary field guide option for new and burgeoning birders.
— Grant McCreary
Birdbooker Report
These guides will be most useful for intermediate level birders.
— Ian Paulsen
Manchester Bird Watching Examiner
Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide and Birds of Western North America: A Photographic Guide should be a welcome addition to the libraries of serious birders as well as those who enjoy birdwatching only from their own backyard feeders. . . . I recommend both books.
— Brad Sylvester
ESPNOutdoors.com
The photos in these books are large, crisp and clear. . . . They are durable field guides that easily slip into a backpack or even a large pocket in an overcoat, but their pictures are good enough to be a coffee table book. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best.
— James Swan
Roanoke Times
Outstanding. . . . The photos are of such superb detail you expect them to fly off the pages.
— Bill Cochran
Birdfreak.com
Stunning. This was the first word that came to mind upon cracking open these new guides. . . . The photography alone is worth owning both Eastern and Western editions. Even so, the accompanying text is fantastic too.
— Eddie Callaway
Pittsburgh Bird Watching Examiner
The guides are, in a word, gorgeous—the photos are crisp (the latest digital technology captures rich detail) and the page layout is superb.
— Fannie Peczenik
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Paul Sterry and Brian Small have created books with large, superior photos placed on pages designed to be lively and interesting. The text accompanying each species is three or four times as long as what you find in most ID books. It's pertinent and sharply written.
— Jim Williams
Down East.com
I was immediately captivated by the stunning photographs. . . . This one's a keeper.
— George Smith
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[Birds of Eastern North America] uses 1,118 exceptional color photographs to set it apart from the many other field guides in book stores. And somehow the designer managed to increase the image size so that every species is clearly and vibrantly depicted. Many of the smaller species appear at almost life size. This guide should appeal to beginning and experienced birders alike.
— Scott Shalaway
New Jersey Newsroom
The Sterry-Small guides will no doubt set new benchmarks for photo quality and precise reproduction. Inset photos cover seasonal and gender variations in plumage, picture birds in flight or show groups of birds for easier identification. Sterry's well-organized descriptions offer bird-spotting tips and information on habitat, feeding styles and conservation status. Range maps compile the latest data from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
— Valerie Sudol
Southern Maryland Newspapers
A lot of clever thought went into the design of this new birding guide, and you'll find it easy to use plus especially helpful and simply jam-packed with lots of useful information.
— James Drake
OSNA Birds
Informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and stunning color photographs. Images have been carefully selected to convey both the sheer beauty and the key identification features of each bird, and many of the photos are larger than those found in most other guides.
Montreal Gazette
I never used to be very keen on photographic field guides for birds until I perused these two volumes. . . . An excellent volume set for the North American birder, complete with lavish photos larger than those seen in other field guides, useful, up-to-date range maps and an easy-to-use format.
— David Bird
Audubon Magazine
The Sterry/Small guides are an innovative, useful addition to the arsenal of tools available to help us improve our birding skills. These outstanding guides deserve a place in your pocket, bookshelf, nightstand and bathroom.
— Wayne Mones
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Sterry and Small field guide is good in that the photographs, which are outstanding, are quite large for a book small enough to fit into a big pocket. Colored bars with family names across the top of each page make it quick and easy to locate the warblers, wrens, etc. Range maps include all of North America, not just the eastern region. Status, habitat and observation tips are given for each species.
— Marcia Davis
Grand Junctions Sentinel
Deserve a perch in your birding library. Birds of Western North America and its companion guide Birds of Eastern North America are photographic field guides, with clear, well-defined full-color photos for ease of identification.
— David Buchanan
Portland Press Herald
Sterry and Small have produced what I believe is the finest photographic field guide of eastern birds. . . . The photographs in this guide are crisp, informative and, in many cases, stunning.
— Herb Wilson
Birding Business
Fabulous photographic field guides. . . . Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide, and its companion piece Birds of Western North America, are a tremendous addition to any library of bird identification literature. . . . Even those accustomed to an artist's illustration rather than photography to highlight identification features will find themselves reaching for these volumes time after time to confirm a field sighting of a bird in its natural habitat.
Choice
Many of the more recent field guides to birds are illustrated with high-quality photographs. The present offerings, produced by well-respected authors/photographers Sterry and Small, are additional fine examples. . . . They are . . . beautiful, exceptionally well-produced volumes that will be found in most libraries with comprehensive ornithological holdings and on the shelves of many birders.
The Travel Editor
Compact and modestly priced, Birds of Eastern North America is a beautiful field guide (in fact, one of the best I've seen) and the top-notch photos are accompanied by oodles of informative facts and figures about the species illustrated.
— Ron Tott
Philadelphia Inquirer
Flat-out gorgeous. We see the birds standing, swimming and in flight. There's the usual field buide-style information—maps of their range, what they sound like, etc.—but this book seems to make things uniquely clear.
— Sandy Bauers
10000 Birds
A fine pair of guides for North America. . . . Small's photos are big, bright, and tack-sharp. . . . Sterry's generous accounts supplement the accompanying photographs well. . . worthwhile acquisitions for field guide consumers and completists alike.
— Mike Bergin
Wildlife Activist
I highly recommend these books as field guides for intermediate birders . . . and as home study guides for beginners and armchair naturalists. Of course every avid birders will want these guides as well.
— Dan Kunkle
Adventure Sports Outdoors
These indispensable guides will quickly become the preferred photographic guides for new and experienced birders alike. The clear layout will help novices easily identify the birds they see, while the superb photographs will help seasoned birders confirm identifications.
The Derrick
With these volumes, we've at last found photographic guides that are as easy to identify birds from as I.D. books that feature paintings. . . . [These] photographic guides aren't pocket size, but they're small enough that we'll carry them in the car and, with binoculars, in a pack on a serious birding outing. We expect to spend some enjoyable winter evenings browsing through them, enjoying the superb photos, and readable text, looking up old friends and preparing to meet new ones.
— Bob and Linda Steiner
Birding World
This pair of photographic guides provides superb quality photographic images which are well up to the best of modern standards. If your American photo-guides are a few years old, now is the time to update them. The text is surprisingly detailed and concisely covers all plumages, as well as 'Status and Habitat,' 'Voice,' and 'Observation tips,' and the distribution maps are detailed and clear. These are now the best photographic guides for North America and exceptional value-for-money too.
— Steve Gantlett
Iowa Bird Life
The most impressive feature of this field guide is the photography. Each species account contains one to several photographs: most are large and sharp and clearly illustrate useful details for identification. . . . It would make a nice addition to any collection of bird guides, if nothing else for the beautiful photographs.
— Amber N. Wiewel
South Dakota Bird Notes
These guides are certainly worthy as a secondary field guide and photographic reference. No question, they are certainly the best photographic guides currently available.
— Alan Knue
Quarterly Review of Biology
Sterry and Small have created the best photograph based field guides I have seen for North American birds.
— Michael J. Andersen
Western North American Naturalist
[T]hese [two] books do have truly wonderful photographs and written descriptions that are useful in identifying and differentiating species. The guides could be especially useful to the casual birder. If you consider the cost of the paperback edition, they are an attractive, affordable addition to one's library.
— Clayton M. White
Canadian Field-Naturalist
With the proliferation of options, choosing a good field guide is increasingly a question of personal preference. Most of my casual birder friends prefer photographic guides; most keen birders seem to prefer traditional guides with paintings. I would recommend this book for novice birders and for those wanting to supplement a more traditional guide.
— Mark Gawn
Discovery
The large, well-composed and well-edited photographs, combined with good text and range maps, may very well place these as the top photographic guides for North America.
— Nathan Hentze
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
Exceptionally well done. Double-page layouts of text and maps on the left and digitally enhanced photos of the matching birds on the right make these guides easy to use in the field.
— John Riutta
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Paul Sterry and Brian Small have created books with large, superior photos placed on pages designed to be lively and interesting. The text accompanying each species is three or four times as long as what you find in most ID books. It's pertinent and sharply written.
— Jim Williams
Pennsylvania Birds
Birds of Western North America and the Birds of Eastern North America are quite simply the most lavishly illustrated photographic guides to date of North American avifauna. Because of that fact, perhaps amateur and advanced birders will not object to procuring both books together when exploring such birding hot spots as the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and elsewhere.
— Gene Wilhelm
Washington Post - Joel Lerner
The ultimate handbook to accompany you in the field or while bird watching at home. . . . [A]n excellent visual reference for the identification of birds.
Birder's World - Matt Mendenhall
Brian Small and co-author Paul Sterry have taken the photo-based field guide to a new level. Their new books are beautifully designed and well written. Photos are tack-sharp, and tightly cropped, giving close-up views of each bird.
New York Post - Ken Moran
Whether you are a birding fanatic or someone who enjoys looking in their backyard to see what shows up, there is a new bird guide that will fill your need. . . . With great photos of more than 500 species, this is a wonderful photographic guide making identification of birds that much easier. Both the Eastern and Western versions are great gift ideas.
Birder's Library - Grant McCreary
The large, excellent photos, combined with the overall design, make this probably the most attractive general field guide I've seen. . . . This is the first field guide that I would recommend to bird photography aficionados solely on the merit of the pictures, irrespective of its value as a field guide. Finally, the exceptional, large photographs make these an attractive primary field guide option for new and burgeoning birders.
Birdbooker Report - Ian Paulsen
These guides will be most useful for intermediate level birders.
Birding World - Steve Gantlett
This pair of photographic guides provides superb quality photographic images which are well up to the best of modern standards. If your American photo-guides are a few years old, now is the time to update them. The text is surprisingly detailed and concisely covers all plumages, as well as 'Status and Habitat,' 'Voice,' and 'Observation tips,' and the distribution maps are detailed and clear. These are now the best photographic guides for North America and exceptional value-for-money too.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Sandy Bauers
Flat-out gorgeous. We see the birds standing, swimming and in flight. There's the usual field buide-style information—maps of their range, what they sound like, etc.—but this book seems to make things uniquely clear.
Manchester Bird Watching Examiner - Brad Sylvester
Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide and Birds of Western North America: A Photographic Guide should be a welcome addition to the libraries of serious birders as well as those who enjoy birdwatching only from their own backyard feeders. . . . I recommend both books.
ESPNOutdoors.com - James Swan
The photos in these books are large, crisp and clear. . . . They are durable field guides that easily slip into a backpack or even a large pocket in an overcoat, but their pictures are good enough to be a coffee table book. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best.
Roanoke Times - Bill Cochran
Outstanding. . . . The photos are of such superb detail you expect them to fly off the pages.
Birdfreak.com - Eddie Callaway
Stunning. This was the first word that came to mind upon cracking open these new guides. . . . The photography alone is worth owning both Eastern and Western editions. Even so, the accompanying text is fantastic too.
Pittsburgh Bird Watching Examiner - Fannie Peczenik
The guides are, in a word, gorgeous—the photos are crisp (the latest digital technology captures rich detail) and the page layout is superb.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Jim Williams
Paul Sterry and Brian Small have created books with large, superior photos placed on pages designed to be lively and interesting. The text accompanying each species is three or four times as long as what you find in most ID books. It's pertinent and sharply written.
Down East.com - George Smith
I was immediately captivated by the stunning photographs. . . . This one's a keeper.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Scott Shalaway
[Birds of Eastern North America] uses 1,118 exceptional color photographs to set it apart from the many other field guides in book stores. And somehow the designer managed to increase the image size so that every species is clearly and vibrantly depicted. Many of the smaller species appear at almost life size. This guide should appeal to beginning and experienced birders alike.
New Jersey Newsroom - Valerie Sudol
The Sterry-Small guides will no doubt set new benchmarks for photo quality and precise reproduction. Inset photos cover seasonal and gender variations in plumage, picture birds in flight or show groups of birds for easier identification. Sterry's well-organized descriptions offer bird-spotting tips and information on habitat, feeding styles and conservation status. Range maps compile the latest data from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Southern Maryland Newspapers - James Drake
A lot of clever thought went into the design of this new birding guide, and you'll find it easy to use plus especially helpful and simply jam-packed with lots of useful information.
10,000 Birds - Mike Bergin
A fine pair of guides for North America. . . . Small's photos are big, bright, and tack-sharp. . . . Sterry's generous accounts supplement the accompanying photographs well. . . worthwhile acquisitions for field guide consumers and completists alike.
Montreal Gazette - David Bird
I never used to be very keen on photographic field guides for birds until I perused these two volumes. . . . An excellent volume set for the North American birder, complete with lavish photos larger than those seen in other field guides, useful, up-to-date range maps and an easy-to-use format.
Audubon Magazine - Wayne Mones
The Sterry/Small guides are an innovative, useful addition to the arsenal of tools available to help us improve our birding skills. These outstanding guides deserve a place in your pocket, bookshelf, nightstand and bathroom.
Knoxville News Sentinel - Marcia Davis
The Sterry and Small field guide is good in that the photographs, which are outstanding, are quite large for a book small enough to fit into a big pocket. Colored bars with family names across the top of each page make it quick and easy to locate the warblers, wrens, etc. Range maps include all of North America, not just the eastern region. Status, habitat and observation tips are given for each species.
Grand Junctions Sentinel - David Buchanan
Deserve a perch in your birding library. Birds of Western North America and its companion guide Birds of Eastern North America are photographic field guides, with clear, well-defined full-color photos for ease of identification.
Portland Press Herald - Herb Wilson
Sterry and Small have produced what I believe is the finest photographic field guide of eastern birds. . . . The photographs in this guide are crisp, informative and, in many cases, stunning.
The Travel Editor - Ron Tott
Compact and modestly priced, Birds of Eastern North America is a beautiful field guide (in fact, one of the best I've seen) and the top-notch photos are accompanied by oodles of informative facts and figures about the species illustrated.
Wildlife Activist - Dan Kunkle
I highly recommend these books as field guides for intermediate birders . . . and as home study guides for beginners and armchair naturalists. Of course every avid birders will want these guides as well.
The Derrick - Bob and Linda Steiner
With these volumes, we've at last found photographic guides that are as easy to identify birds from as I.D. books that feature paintings. . . . [These] photographic guides aren't pocket size, but they're small enough that we'll carry them in the car and, with binoculars, in a pack on a serious birding outing. We expect to spend some enjoyable winter evenings browsing through them, enjoying the superb photos, and readable text, looking up old friends and preparing to meet new ones.
Iowa Bird Life - Amber N. Wiewel
The most impressive feature of this field guide is the photography. Each species account contains one to several photographs: most are large and sharp and clearly illustrate useful details for identification. . . . It would make a nice addition to any collection of bird guides, if nothing else for the beautiful photographs.
South Dakota Bird Notes - Alan Knue
These guides are certainly worthy as a secondary field guide and photographic reference. No question, they are certainly the best photographic guides currently available.
Quarterly Review of Biology - Michael J. Andersen
Sterry and Small have created the best photograph based field guides I have seen for North American birds.
Western North American Naturalist - Clayton M. White
[T]hese [two] books do have truly wonderful photographs and written descriptions that are useful in identifying and differentiating species. The guides could be especially useful to the casual birder. If you consider the cost of the paperback edition, they are an attractive, affordable addition to one's library.
Canadian Field-Naturalist - Mark Gawn
With the proliferation of options, choosing a good field guide is increasingly a question of personal preference. Most of my casual birder friends prefer photographic guides; most keen birders seem to prefer traditional guides with paintings. I would recommend this book for novice birders and for those wanting to supplement a more traditional guide.
Discovery - Nathan Hentze
The large, well-composed and well-edited photographs, combined with good text and range maps, may very well place these as the top photographic guides for North America.
Bird Watcher's Digest - John Riutta
Exceptionally well done. Double-page layouts of text and maps on the left and digitally enhanced photos of the matching birds on the right make these guides easy to use in the field.
Pennsylvania Birds - Gene Wilhelm
Birds of Western North America and the Birds of Eastern North America are quite simply the most lavishly illustrated photographic guides to date of North American avifauna. Because of that fact, perhaps amateur and advanced birders will not object to procuring both books together when exploring such birding hot spots as the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691134260
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 277,090
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Sterry is a highly regarded and best-selling wildlife author and photographer. He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 books, including the "HarperCollins Complete North American Wildlife" and the "Collins Complete British Birds". Brian E. Small is a leading nature photographer and author, and the photo editor of "Birding" magazine. He has been the principal photographer for many photographic field guides, including "The Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America" (HarperCollins) and "Birds of North America" (Houghton Mifflin).

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Very good. Comprehensive and written in terms a "lay person" will understand. Happily Recommended.

    Helpful in identifying subjects and providing pertinent data on specific spieces.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Must-have for birders experienced or new!

    Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide by Paul Sterry & Brian E. Small is a vibrant, detailed guide to hundreds of birds found in the eastern half of North America. The introduction is well-written, easy to understand and concise. It walks you step-by-step how to use this book most effectively. The book is laid out in a way that is simple to follow, intuitive and useful for all levels of bird enthusiasts from beginner to experienced. I read it from cover to cover and found interesting new birds to put on my must-see list and found the process enjoyable! Many bird guides are not well laid out and you find yourself flipping back and forth to find information about the same bird, this is not one of those guides! Each bird is described in detail with what it eats; where it lives and where you are likely to see it; what it looks like including determining marks and features; the conservation status of each bird; how the females and juveniles differ in appearance from the adult males and how they all can differ from season to season; what the most common call specific to that bird will sound like and often observation tips. The Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide is designed in a way to make it easy to use and that is not lost on this bird enthusiast. I love it! The bird names, their descriptions and a distribution map for each are on the left page and on the adjacent page there are colored, detailed photos of male, female and most juveniles for each bird described on the opposite page (See photo above). In the top corner on the left side you will find the page number accompanied by a small color picture of the bird section you are currently in (See photo below). This makes it visually easy to thumb through quickly from section to section until you find the one you are after. Anyone who has tried to identify birds knows this is an important feature in a bird guide book because birds don't always stay in one place too long. This guide is really useful for identifying birds and learning more about all birds found in the eastern half of North America which makes it more manageable and specific to that region. It is packed full of helpful, interesting information while still being compact enough to carry around while birding or for everyday happenstance bird identification. This book will soon find its way into my favorite, well-love and well-used bird guides. It is definitely worth getting one if you plan to be or are in the eastern half of North America. And if you are in or are planning a visit to the western half of North America, they have a matching companion which is equally fantastic, Birds of Western North America: A Photographic Guide. (originally reviewed on birdyonmywindow)

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