Waterfowl of Eastern North America

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An indispensable field guide and reference for birders.

The eastern Continental Divide from Florida to Ontario contains the world's largest network of freshwater lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal waters. It is home to an astonishingly large variety of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl.

Waterfowl of Eastern North America is a richly illustrated pocket-sized field guide for birders and naturalists. Full-color ...

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An indispensable field guide and reference for birders.

The eastern Continental Divide from Florida to Ontario contains the world's largest network of freshwater lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal waters. It is home to an astonishingly large variety of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl.

Waterfowl of Eastern North America is a richly illustrated pocket-sized field guide for birders and naturalists. Full-color photographs show these birds in their natural habitats in each season.

Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single spread for quick reference. Concise and accurate information on each species includes:

  • Common name
  • Biological classification
  • Identifying features
  • Seasonal changes to plumage color.

The detailed information on each species is concisely organized and includes the differences between male and female, seasonal and immature plumage, morphs and distinctive markings.

The coverage includes:

  • Ducks and geese
  • Swans and pelicans
  • Loons, grebes and cormorants.

Waterfowl of Eastern North America also features essential information for birders who want to support conservation groups that protect waterfowl and their quickly disappearing habitats.

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Editorial Reviews

E-Streams - Sue Reyna
Each species enjoys a step-by-step profile to facilitate precise identification, while brilliant color photographs reveal birds in their natural habitat.
Wildlife Activist
A beautiful photographic guide to ducks and other waterfowl found in the eastern U.S... A handy section in the back provides photos of similar waterfowl species for comparison.
Ontario Sailor
Filled with incredibly vibrant photographs of wildfowl in their natural habitat. Each bird and gender is described.
Wave Length Magazine - Diana Mumford
A very useful field guide and birding primer... In fact, since many waterfowl are common to both coasts, this guide is useful for west coast observation as well... excellent color photographs showing the bird swimming and flying.
Choice - C. Leck
For each species the format is two full-color pages with excellent photographs, notes on distinctive features, and range maps... This is an attractive handbook for novice birders, new hunters, and others wanting to name waterfowl. Summing Up: Recommended.
Ibis [British Ornithologists' Union]
An excellent field guide... illustrated with excellent photographs of both male and females... useful comparison photographs complete the guide.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
A must-have book if you love watching our feathered friends. While the 400 magnificent color photographs will catch your eye, it's the anecdotes that keep even non-birders flocking back for more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070572
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/2/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 598,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris G. Earley is the Interpretive Biologist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum and author of Hawks and Owls, Sparrows and Finches, and Warblers, all specific to the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America region.

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Table of Contents

Wonderful waterfowl 7
How to use this book 8
A note to beginners 10
The quotes 11
Taxonomy 11
Classification 12
Waterfowl groups 13
Identification features 14
Waterfowl look-alikes 15
Seasonal status of waterfowl for Point Pelee National Park 16
Bird profiles
Greater White-fronted Goos 18
Snow Goose 20
Ross's Goose 22
Canada Goose & Cackling Goose 24
Brant 26
Mute Swan 28
Trumpeter Swan 30
Tundra Swan 32
Wood Duck 34
Gadwall 36
Eurasian Wigeon 38
American Wigeon 40
American Black Duck 42
Mallard 44
Blue-winged Teal 46
Cinnamon Teal 48
Northern Shoveler 50
Northern Pintail 52
Green-winged Teal 54
Canvasback 56
Redhead 58
Ring-necked Duck 60
Tufted Duck 62
Greater Scaup 64
Lesser Scaup 66
King Eider 68
Common Eider 72
Harlequin Duck 76
Surf Scoter 78
White-winged Scoter 80
Black Scoter 82
Long-tailed Duck 84
Bufflehead 88
Common Goldeneye 90
Barrow's Goldeneye 92
Hooded Merganser 94
Common Merganser 96
Red-breasted Merganser 98
Ruddy Duck 100
Red-throated Loon 102
Common Loon 104
Pied-billed Grebe 106
Horned Grebe 108
Red-necked Grebe 110
Eared Grebe 112
Western Grebe 114
American White Pelican 116
Double-crested Cormorant 118
Common Moorhen 120
American Coot 122
Vagrants and southern and coastal specialties
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 124
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 124
Barnacle Goose 125
Mottled Duck 125
Garganey 125
Steller's Eider 126
Smew 126
Masked Duck 126
Pacific Loon 127
Least Grebe 127
Yellow-billed Loon 127
Clark's Grebe 128
Brown Pelican 128
Neotropic Cormorant 128
Great Cormorant 129
Anhinga 129
Purple Gallinule 129
What can I do to help waterfowl? 130
Comparison pages
Female dabbling ducks 132
Canvasback/Redhead 134
Greater/Lesser Scaup 135
King/Common Eiders 136
Scoters 138
Goldeneyes 140
Female mergansers 141
Winter loons 142
Winter grebes 143
Flight 144
Female divers 148
Male ducks 150
References 154
Author's notes 156
Credits 156
Index 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Very informative book!

    It covers all the ducks I see in this area. It will be very handy when I need to identify a species. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    I really love this book.

    I enjoy photographing ducks at a local wetland area. However, I need help making a positive identification. This book is the answer for me. It has hundreds of beautiful close up photos and useful information to help you identify your ducks and learn about them. It has a duck comparison and flight comparison section as well as range maps. Now I will know who will show up and what time of year to expect them. This book is a great addition to my nature library. I highly recommend it.

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