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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 (37 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

<DIV><FONT face="Times New Roman"> <div>PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including <EM>Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion</EM>, <EM>Pete Dunne on Bird Watching</EM>, and most recently <EM>Prairie Spring</EM>, 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.</DIV></FONT></DIV>

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: #402,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 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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12 of 12 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The standard for hawk watchers December 17, 2012
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The book is nicely organized, well-written and contains tons of drawings and photographs. As a hawk enthusiast, this is my new go-to guide. No other book even comes close. I only wish the printing/binding was as good as the rest of the book. Printed in China to save a few cents -- and it shows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New edition January 4, 2013
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We have found this book to be very helpful in our raptor identification. We are happy to see there is a new edition--we keep the first edition in the car and the 2nd edition at the house. The hard cover is good for reference work--wish there were a softcover to take in the car (that is why we still use the first edition).
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The second edition has lots of good color photos as well as the...
Updated version of a classic. The second edition has lots of good color photos as well as the original line drawings found in the first edition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Buck the One-Eyed Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hawks have always been a passion
Published 2 months ago by rob lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book, enjoyable to read and so very informative.
Published 3 months ago by WRJBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawk Identification made easier....
Great book, Great photos, Great authors, Great Birds of Prey. One of the best raptor guides on todays market.
Published 3 months ago by larry broderick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Received on time. Good condition. Very pleased.
Published 4 months ago by paul mcmullen
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the format and the humor
Very informative! I like the format and the humor, too!
Published 4 months ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice book on hawks
Published 5 months ago by rahvatech
5.0 out of 5 stars revelatory guide to diurnal raptors
This guide has changed the perspective with which this birder views diurnal raptors. Traditional field guides focus considerably (and understandably) on plumage, but Dunne, Sibley... Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great seller, quick delivery.
Would like to see this book in soft cover. Otherwise great hawk book.
Published 9 months 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 9 months ago by Nancy Townsend
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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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