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Hawks in Flight: Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

Pete Dunne , Clay Sutton , David Sibley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Among the world's most popular birds, hawks can be some of the most difficult birds to identify. They're most often seen flying high above and at a distance.

In the first edition of Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne, David Sibley, and Clay Sutton presented a holistic method of hawk identification, using general body shape, the way they move, and the places they are most likely to be seen.

The new edition of the book that Roger Tory Peterson called a "landmark" integrates an array of carefully selected photographs, David Sibley's superb illustrations, and a clear, information-packed text and takes raptor identification to a higher level. This edition covers all of the raptors that breed in North America, including those with limited ranges in Florida, the Southwest, and Texas.

Picking up where its predecessor ended by including two decades of raptor identification refinement, Hawks in Flight summarizes and places in users’ hands an identification skill set that used to take years to master. The unique alchemy of Dunne, Sibley, and Sutton—including their collective experience of more than one hundred years watching hawks—make this book a singular achievement and a must-have for anyone interested in hawks.


Editorial Reviews

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"A landmark . . . a book I could learn a lot from." -- Roger Tory Peterson

About the Author

PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion, Pete Dunne on Bird Watching, and most recently Prairie Spring, the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.


Clay Sutton is a freelance writer, naturalist, lecturer, and tour leader.

David Sibley is the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and several other books.


Product Details

  • File Size: 12870 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R8PGJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big help for this raptor enthusiast! November 2, 2012
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My primary interest is watching and identifying raptors. I started out with the Peterson's guides as a child and was thrilled when the "Peterson Field Guide to Hawks of North America" was published (see my review). Then last year I started using Jeff Ligouri's "Hawks at a Distance." And recently added a copy of this volume - "Hawks in Flight," 2nd Edition - which has been expanded to include raptors in western North America. I have found it to be very useful. Specifically - Pete Dunne describes characteristics about each specie in simple and engaging language. Next - the photographs in the book (by Sutton, Ligouri and others) were well chosen in presenting key profiles. Finally, I find that David Sibley has the ability to educate me to certain specifics with his drawings - for me it has been posture. Between his "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America," and this book, I am beginning to appreciate how much information he packs into one of his pen and ink drawings. Added together, the combination makes it easier for me to get a lock on what I am seeing in the field.

No one guide has been "the answer," for me when it comes to identifying raptors. I seem to need a variety of references. This is a great addition and could stand alone. However if I can encourage new birders here, get a variety of guides so that you can check with various resources and are not stuck with one. Not being sure of your ID is part of the challenge (and fun) of being a birder. Books like this add to your ID tool box. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I had Pete Dunne's first edition of Hawks in Flight and this was an improvement regarding text. This was also an improvement regarding the layout of the book - each raptor species 'chapter' starts on a page, whereas in the first edition, some species descriptions actually started midway on a page from the end of the previous raptor's description (I guess to save paper?). The photographs of the different raptor species in the different age and/or color morphs are in color in the second edition whereas they were in black-and-white in the first. This helps a great deal.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book for hawkwatchers ever October 20, 2012
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I have three other books on identifying hawks to help my work counting hawks in migration on hawk hill above the golden gate bridge with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. This is the best. The words stick in your brain, the pictures are magnificent to look at and lead you to gain the knowledge to tell the difference between the species. Accipters are the hardest to identify not as accipiters but whether they are Cooper's or Sharp shinned because the two look so much alike. If this is your problem too then this is the book for you.

Jeff Wilkinson
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic gets even better October 30, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Vivid and memorable writing, evocative and eloquent drawings, and color photos replacing the old smudgy black and whites make this the essential guide for hawk watchers. The addition of a range of typically southern and western species makes it useful for birders beyond the original area of coverage. Even if you don't like hawk watching, you'll find that the approaches outlined here can be applied to birding of any type. Buy it, read it. You'll learn a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding field guide February 13, 2013
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Birders are always looking for the key that unlocks the identification to that far-off silouhette disappearing over a hazy ridge. With an expertly arranged combination of written descriptions, drawings and photographs, Dunne, Sibley and Sutton have produced and outstanding field guide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawks in Flite October 20, 2012
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A book no birder, serious or otherwise. should be without!
Takes up where first edition left off, i.e., southern & western
species included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!! January 21, 2013
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Pete Dunne is The Master when it comes to birds of all kinds, but especially raptors. Anyone who's serious about raptor identification needs this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Edition is the best!! January 11, 2013
By L.J.
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I have not finished this book, however, if you know anyone that wants a complete version of Raptors get this book. It takes you on a journey and so far I'm hooked.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great seller, quick delivery.
Would like to see this book in soft cover. Otherwise great hawk book.
Published 16 days ago by JWT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like to be able to repurpose books. The book I bought was very gently used.
Published 17 days ago by Nancy Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Informative book,
Published 1 month ago by debbie m.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice
Published 2 months ago by theshamanswife
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidental but Enjoyable Surprise
I think I had one click on and accidentally purchased this .. but I decided to check it out and it's helped me tremendously with hawk identification. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Every raptor enthusiast should read this book.
Couldn't put it down. Really helped me identify distant, airborne raptors this year! Found a broad-winged hawk, a red-shouldered hawk, a sharp-shinned hawk, a merlin, a northern... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stoica1117
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
I WAS EXPECTING MORE OF A FIELD REFERENCE THAN A STUDDY BOOK. I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT. SEND THIS TO THE WRITERS.
Published 4 months ago by John H Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Every begining hake watchers reference
This book is well illustrated and the explanations on how to use the illustration's has made my hawk watching more enjoyable and less frustrating.
Published 6 months ago by Jack Mcguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawks in Flight
I am very impressed with the artist renderings, photos, & descriptions. I had know idea there are so many color variations of the
different raptors.
Published 7 months ago by S.L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good, but needs more Color pictures and details, i.e. wing span, length, geographical habitat locations and comparison of size to other raptors.
Published 9 months ago by panphilogist
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PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, Pete Dunne on Bird Watching, and most recently Prairie Spring, the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.

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