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Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide

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"Chandler has devoted his life to studying and photographing shorebirds and is truly an expert and an authority. The numerous high quality illustrations in this guide are one of its most stunning features. Readers will find them to be of immense value when trying to identify an unfamiliar shorebird or plumage, as well as simply being a pleasure to look at."—Wayne R. Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program, Massachusetts Audubon Society

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2009 Paperback New Shorebirds are prized among birders for their stunning plumages, evocative calls and songs, extensive migration patterns, and the unique challenges they pose ... for identification. Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia is an illustrated guide to all 134 shorebird species found in the Northern Hemisphere, written by one of the world's leading shorebird experts. It features more than 850 stunning color photographs and a color distribution map for every species. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, age and sex differences, variations in plumage, similar species, status, habitat, and distribution. This easy-to-use guide also includes comprehensive primers on plumage patterns and terminology, molting, feeding and other behaviors, and much more. This premier illustrated guide is suitable for field use and a must-have for armchair naturalists. Introductory sections on plumages and molts and behavior followed by family introductions and detailed species accounts Read more Show Less

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"Chandler has devoted his life to studying and photographing shorebirds and is truly an expert and an authority. The numerous high quality illustrations in this guide are one of its most stunning features. Readers will find them to be of immense value when trying to identify an unfamiliar shorebird or plumage, as well as simply being a pleasure to look at."—Wayne R. Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program, Massachusetts Audubon Society

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10000 Birds.com
An excellent addition to any shorebirder's library. . . . The magic of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia lies in how the procession of northern hemisphere shorebirds plays out, a continuum that blends American into European into Asian species until at last one understands the bigger picture of birds of the shore.
TOC Newsletter
Chandler's new photographic guide is my first choice for shorebird identification. Because the author is a world authority on shorebirds, I eagerly awaited this latest addition to my shorebird library. . . . Having used it for several months, I highly recommend the guide for its easy-to-use format, authoritative text, large sharp photos with concise captions, and innovative ways of describing critical identification marks. It is invaluable for identifying shorebirds in North America and for birders travelling to Europe and Asia. . . . It treats all shorebirds across the Northern Hemisphere, it is easy to use, the photos are large and illustrate all plumages, the captions are concise with essential identification and age information, and the text focuses on key distinctions between similar species. Shorebirds of North America, Europe and Asia is now the shorebird guide I check first.
— Jean Iron
South Dakota Bird Notes
Shorebirds of North American, Europe, and Asia will be a welcome volume to any birder's library of identification guides. The book is relatively inexpensive and has a lot to offer any shorebird enthusiast.
— Dan Tallman
Birder's World - Matt Mendenhall
Sharp, well-chosen photos.
Audubon Magazine blog - Wayne Mones
Chandler's book incorporates outstanding photographs of each species in most of their plumages. . . . His text is quite detailed and scientific. . . . This book is invaluable and extremely useful in the field.
Wildlife Activist - Federick Brock
Birders with a special interest in shorebirds will want to get this new guide.
ESPNOutdoors.com - James Swan
Beautiful and well-designed. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best.
TOC Newsletter - Jean Iron
Chandler's new photographic guide is my first choice for shorebird identification. Because the author is a world authority on shorebirds, I eagerly awaited this latest addition to my shorebird library. . . . Having used it for several months, I highly recommend the guide for its easy-to-use format, authoritative text, large sharp photos with concise captions, and innovative ways of describing critical identification marks. It is invaluable for identifying shorebirds in North America and for birders travelling to Europe and Asia. . . . It treats all shorebirds across the Northern Hemisphere, it is easy to use, the photos are large and illustrate all plumages, the captions are concise with essential identification and age information, and the text focuses on key distinctions between similar species. Shorebirds of North America, Europe and Asia is now the shorebird guide I check first.
South Dakota Bird Notes - Dan Tallman
Shorebirds of North American, Europe, and Asia will be a welcome volume to any birder's library of identification guides. The book is relatively inexpensive and has a lot to offer any shorebird enthusiast.
000 Birds.com 10

An excellent addition to any shorebirder's library. . . . The magic of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia lies in how the procession of northern hemisphere shorebirds plays out, a continuum that blends American into European into Asian species until at last one understands the bigger picture of birds of the shore.
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"Birders, long in need of a global shorebird field guide, can safely replace three or four other volumes with Chandler's comprehensive new volume. A member of the editorial board for British Birds magazine, Chandler (North American Shorebirds) is a bona-fide expert who puts all his research and experience to use. The photos are ideal, with excellent contrast between birds and their backgrounds, bringing even the most camouflaged color schemes to vivid realization. . . . Each species is accompanied by a seasonal distribution map, and a thorough bibliography and index backs up clearly written text. Tiny type size aside, the book's layout and typeface make for easy reading, even under poor light conditions, making this a highly practical, benchmark guide."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sharp, well-chosen photos."—Matt Mendenhall, Birder's World

"An excellent addition to any shorebirder's library. . . . The magic of Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia lies in how the procession of northern hemisphere shorebirds plays out, a continuum that blends American into European into Asian species until at last one understands the bigger picture of birds of the shore."—10,000 Birds.com

"Chandler's book incorporates outstanding photographs of each species in most of their plumages. . . . His text is quite detailed and scientific. . . . This book is invaluable and extremely useful in the field."—Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine blog

"Birders with a special interest in shorebirds will want to get this new guide."—Federick Brock, Wildlife Activist

"Beautiful and well-designed. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best."—James Swan, ESPNOutdoors.com

"Chandler's new photographic guide is my first choice for shorebird identification. Because the author is a world authority on shorebirds, I eagerly awaited this latest addition to my shorebird library. . . . Having used it for several months, I highly recommend the guide for its easy-to-use format, authoritative text, large sharp photos with concise captions, and innovative ways of describing critical identification marks. It is invaluable for identifying shorebirds in North America and for birders travelling to Europe and Asia. . . . It treats all shorebirds across the Northern Hemisphere, it is easy to use, the photos are large and illustrate all plumages, the captions are concise with essential identification and age information, and the text focuses on key distinctions between similar species. Shorebirds of North America, Europe and Asia is now the shorebird guide I check first."—Jean Iron, TOC Newsletter

"Shorebirds of North American, Europe, and Asia will be a welcome volume to any birder's library of identification guides. The book is relatively inexpensive and has a lot to offer any shorebird enthusiast."—Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes

"[S]horebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide cannot be surpassed and is a must-have for every birder's library who enjoys shorebirds and the challenges they present."—Melissa Mayntz, About.com Guide

Birder's World
Sharp, well-chosen photos.
— Matt Mendenhall
Audubon Magazine blog
Chandler's book incorporates outstanding photographs of each species in most of their plumages. . . . His text is quite detailed and scientific. . . . This book is invaluable and extremely useful in the field.
— Wayne Mones
Wildlife Activist
Birders with a special interest in shorebirds will want to get this new guide.
— Federick Brock
ESPNOutdoors.com
Beautiful and well-designed. . . . Of all the various field guides I have ever seen, these . . . are by far the best.
— James Swan
Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Birders, long in need of a global shorebird field guide, can safely replace three or four other volumes with Chandler's comprehensive new volume. A member of the editorial board for British Birds magazine, Chandler (North American Shorebirds) is a bona-fide expert who puts all his research and experience to use. The photos are ideal, with excellent contrast between birds and their backgrounds, bringing even the most camouflaged color schemes to vivid realization. Among the most wide-ranging group of birds, seashore vagrants are frequently reported from an ocean or continent away, and shifts in global climate put tropical and neo-tropical birds at higher latitudes; as such, Chandler covers many birds traditionally found in the Southern Hemisphere, and notes how far they're known to wander. Opening with a comprehensive primer on shorebird geography, speciation, appearance and behavior, Chandler goes on to describe feed techniques in fascinating detail, with illustrations showing how birds disturb small prey on mud flats and marsh grasses. Each species is accompanied by a seasonal distribution map, and a thorough bibliography and index backs up clearly written text. Tiny type size aside, the book's layout and typeface make for easy reading, even under poor light conditions, making this a highly practical, benchmark guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691142814
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Chandler is a renowned shorebird specialist and photographer and a longtime editorial board member for "British Birds" magazine. He is the author of "North Atlantic Shorebirds".
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