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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Second Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395709598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395709597
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Idaho John on 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 By Steven J. D'Amato on December 7, 2012
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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 By Jeffry Wilkinson on 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 By A. E. Wright on October 30, 2012
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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 By John Porter on 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 By A. Adams on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. McConnell on 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 By Charles F. West on 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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