"Clark and Schmitt ... make a major contribution. I find John Schmitt's art to be not only skillful and educational, but also downright delightfulfull of life and color. His style has a refreshing sketchbook feel to it, and yet it also shows immaculate detail; it manages to be exceptionally true to the birds and charming at the same time. To me, these plates show the artist's boundless enthusiasm for birds and birding."Birding
"The author is one of the foremost specialists on raptors in the field and has extensive knowledge of them form North America, the Middle East (mostly Israel) and the Indian region. Many of the plates have a considerable amount of habitat background...aesthetically pleasing...as a set of raptor paintings they are excellent. Plates often mix similar species to highlight differences side by side. The species accounts are unexpectedly full. People will want to take this book in the field." The Pheonix, Dec 2000
"Raptors are charismatic birds with an enthusiastic following of admirers, researchers, and conservationists.
"Raptor identification is one of the more challenging branches of filed ornithology. This nearly pocket-size field guide to the identification of European, Middle East, and North African Falconiform species contains the most up-to-date information available on the subject. . .If you are in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa and want to identify birds of prey, you'll want to carry this helpful guide with you."International Hawkwatcher
"This comprehensive new field identification guide uses paintings, photographs, and detailed text to present the very latest in tried and proven field marks enabling bird watchers to identify even the most difficult of the diurnal of the raptors. Clark has been working with this interesting group of birds for over thirty years, observing them, studying them, writing about them, and photographing them. Many of the field marks described in this book are the result of his extensive experience in identifying raptors, and have never previously been published. The color plates depict all the plumages of every raptor found in the Western Palearctic. . .and the color photos add to the usefulness of this volume. All in all a fine addition to the hawk watcher's library and one that will appeal to all birders."Indiana Autobon Society