An all-new holistic approach to identifying shorebirds.
Join the experts in birding by impression, a revolutionary approach to bird identification. Experienced birders use the most easily observed characteristics — size, structure, behavior, and general color patterns — to identify birds even before looking carefully at plumage details. Now birders at all levels can learn how to identify shorebirds quickly and simply. This guide includes more than 870 stunning color photographs, starting with a general impression of the species and progressing to more detailed images of the bird throughout its life cycle. Quiz questions in the captions will engage and challenge all birders and help them benefit from this simplified, commonsense approach to identification.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)|
About the Author
Michael O'Brien currently serves as an Associate Naturalist with Cape May Bird Observatory in New Jersey. He is also the co-author of The Shorebird Guide, Flight Calls of Migratory Birds, and America’s 100 Most Wanted Birds.
KEVIN KARLSON is an accomplished birder, tour leader, and wildlife photographer. Kevin is a coauthor of The Shorebird Guide and two other books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've always been skeptical of photographic field guides. While this book hasn't made me a convert in general, it certainly has convinced me that there is a place for photo guides. This book features amazingly detailed photos of all North American breeding shorebirds in all plumages, most usefully multiple plumages in a single photo, and describes the relevant features of each. I now feel much more confident about aging shorebirds (a necessary first step), and have even dared to tackle dowitchers (though most of them still end up as "unidentified dowitcher".) The book focuses extensively on non-plumage marks of size, shape, etc -- which I find extremely useful, and which I'm trying to get better at. One of the most useful features of the book for me are the little quizzes sprinkled throughout; a photo illustrating Ruddy Turnstones will, for instance, ask you to ID the other three species in the photo, or one will ask you to ID three birds just by silhouette (not always as difficult as it sounds). Highly recommended for anyone wanting to get better at identifying this tricky bunch of birds.
This is a very complete book on the subject of North American Shorebirds. The photos are fairly clear. Many of the photos show several shorebirds which should help the reader learn the differences between the birds. Bill shape and length, overall size, color and pattern can be seen.
This work is an essential guide to anyone wanting to know and identify shorebirds. I was away from birding for almost 25 years and was never proficient at shorebird identification. This book was invaluable.