Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide

Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide

by Paul Sterry, Brian E. Small
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Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide by Paul Sterry, Brian E. Small

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691134253
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/21/2009
Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JUDITHF More than 1 year ago
Helpful in identifying subjects and providing pertinent data on specific spieces.
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Of_Books_and_Birds More than 1 year ago
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)