Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors

Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors

by Jerry Liguori, Pete Dunne
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Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors by Jerry Liguori

The ultimate must-have guide for identifying migrant raptors, Hawks at a Distance is the first volume to focus on distant raptors as they are truly seen in the field. Jerry Liguori, a leading expert on North American raptors, factors in new information and approaches for identifying twenty-nine species of raptor in various lighting situations and settings. The field guide's nineteen full-color portraits, 558 color photos, and 896 black-and-white images portray shapes and plumages for each species from all angles. Useful flight identification criteria are provided and the accompanying text discusses all aspects of in-flight hawk identification, including flight style and behavior. Concentrating on features that are genuinely observable at a distance, this concise and practical field guide is ideal for any aspiring or experienced hawk enthusiast.


  • The first guide to focus on distant raptors as they are viewed in the field

  • New information and approaches for identifying distant raptors

  • Illustrates twenty-nine species in various lighting situations and settings

  • 558 color photos and 896 black-and-white images depicting plumage and shape characteristics

  • All aspects of in-flight hawk identification, including flight style and behavior

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400838264
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/14/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 361,253
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jerry Liguori has been studying raptors throughout North America since 1984. He has conducted hawk migration counts at spring and fall migration sites, such as Cape May Point, Sandy Hook, Derby Hill, Braddock Bay, Whitefish Point, and Dinosaur Ridge, and the Goshute, Wasatch, and Sandia mountains. He is the author of Hawks from Every Angle (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Pete Dunne ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
How to Use This Book 1
Terminology 2
Glossary 3
Hawk Migration 4
Helpful Hints 4
Anatomy 5
Flight Positions 6
Hawk Counting 8
Optics for Hawk Watching 8
Photography 9
Accipiters 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17
Cooper's Hawk 25
Northern Goshawk 31
Northern Harrier 37
Buteos 44
Red-shouldered Hawk 47
Broad-winged Hawk 51
Swainson's Hawk 59
Red-tailed Hawk 67
Ferruginous Hawk 83
Rough-legged Hawk 91
Falcons 101
American Kestrel 103
Merlin 109
Peregrine Falcon 115
Prairie Falcon 121
Gyrfalcon 124
Vultures, Osprey, Eagles 127
Black Vulture 127
Turkey Vulture 131
Osprey 135
Bald Eagle 137
Golden Eagle 147
Uncommon Migrants and Others 157
California Condor 157
Mississippi Kite 159
White-tailed Kite 159
Swallow-tailed Kite 162
Hook-billed Kite 162
Crested Caracara 163
Short-tailed Hawk 166
White-tailed Hawk 167
Zone-tailed Hawk 169
Shapes 171
Photo Credits 191
Bibliography 192
Index 193

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Hawks at a Distance - Identification of Migrant Raptors 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book because of the tiny photos of the birds in flight. 
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I would get if if it was less $ :(