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A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors Paperback – 2003
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"No one is better at the variabilities of raptor identification than this team of two. . . . The excellent photographs are clear and well chosen. . . . If you take your hawk-watching seriously, buy it."--Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly
"The 377 colour photographs are without exception truly stunning. . . . The plates are conveniently placed next to the relevant species account and show all plumage, both in flight and perched. . . . The authors are to be applauded for their expertise, while not forgetting the problems of the beginner, making this book ideal for both the novice and the profession: there is something new for everyone."--Neil Hayward, Ibis
"As a hawk watcher of long standing, I have eagerly awaited this utilitarian partner to . . . Hawks. First, because as a reference tool, it will be invaluable to serious hawk watchers. The information it contains is age class and subspecies specific; the format is straight forward; and the material is easily referenced. . . . This new guide, with its employment of photos and integrated concern for the problems presented by lookalike species, will also serve the novice, saving them much time, effort, embarrassment, and . . . Frustration! On a global scale, there are few living human beings who know more about birds of prey than William S. Clark and none, to my mind, who know more about their identification. On the more focused subject of North America's diurnal raptors, he has few peers . . . but one of them is Brian K. Wheeler, whose photos dominate this book. . . . There are many nature photographers who specialize in capturing birds of prey on film. Few are as good as Wheeler and some say none."--Pete Dunn, Director, Natural History Information, New Jersey Audubon Society
"Are you having difficulty unraveling the mysteries of identifying birds of prey? If you are baffled by seemingly similar silhouettes of birds of prey, not to mention plumage variations, then A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors . . . is the perfect field guide for you. With this guide in hand, you will be ahead of other birders at hawkwatching hotspots."--Wildbird
"I recommend that you buy two copies, one for home and one for your vehicle."--Canadian Field Naturalist
"This book will change your mind about the importance of photographic guides. You will want to use this guide. Here you are treated to stunning photographs that depicts all the field marks that are mentioned in an informative text. . . . This is one outstanding effort and it is a genuine pleasure to look through this book. Brian Wheeler and Bill Clark are the continent's leading authorities on the field identification of diurnal birds of prey. As such, any work that they produce should be taken seriously. They have consistently produced identification publications that have changed the entire hawkwatching world in a significant and positive manner. This field guide is no exception. It offers a novel approach to the identification of hawks in a wonderfully pleasurable environment. Bravo!"--HMANA Migration Studies
"For the raptor enthusiast or North American birder, this is an essential purchase. . . . The authors and publishers have done their work well."--Paul Doherty, Birding World
"The authors have done raptor aficionados a great service by greatly reducing the problems associated with this often difficult-to-identify group of birds."--Peter H. Bloom, Journal of Raptor Research
"This excellent book is a must-buy for anyone interested in improving their raptor ID skills. I believe it is well worth the price for the high-quality photos alone, but careful review of the test also reveals a wealth of state-of-the-art raptor ID tips that have been field tested by the authors."--Ned Harris, Birding
"Never have I seen a photograph better capture the essence of a birds appearance in flight than the wonderful color photograph of a rough-legged hawk gracing the cover of A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. . . . This book . . . is filled with such images of birds of prey. The pictures are carefully picked, not just for the aesthetic quality that is virtually inevitable for any good photographs of raptors, but to greatly assist birders in the identification of this sometimes bewildering array of birds. It's a great gift for naturalists."--Barry Kent Mackay, Toronto Star
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the paperback version is somewhat cheaply produced. The publisher should improve the binding and the quality of paper for this book. Try not to get it wet.
A good book that should sit on the front seat of any raptor friend's car; one that will be used time and again in the field.
The pictures of birds flying over head are much improved over the paperback Peterson series book "Hawks" by Clark and Wheeler.
Marshall Faintich, author of "A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Wintergreen."
I hoped this book would help me but I made something of a mistake purchasing a photographic guide. For reasons beyond me, photographs are less helpful to me than accurate drawings. This may be my specific problem but I suspect their are other bird aficionados who have the same problem.
The photos in this book are excellent, showing the various species and their various morphs in different poses. The organization is good but, for whatever reason, it hasn't helped me much.
At the same time I bought this book, I bought Pertersen's excellent 'Hawks of North America'. It contains both drawings and photographs. The organization is good and it is adding to my ability to identify these birds.
Ron Braithwaite, author of novels--'Skull Rack' and 'Hummingbird God'--on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico
Most Recent Customer Reviews
helpful for birds in flight..........not as easily to identify from book when the raptor in the book is in flight and the one you are looking at in your back yard is sitting on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EJ Mangan
Love the different views on the same hawk. Has really helped in using to identify the different raptorsPublished 3 months ago by Jan
Great book for recognition of birds in flight. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by James M. Lurquin
Until this book, every book I looked at omitted Harris' Hawks which we have in our neighborhood. This one had them and so many others with a great deal of information every birder... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Desert Diva
This is the definitive guide. You should have it if you have ever been confused about identifying a raptor--ample photos give you certainty about juveniles, difficult... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kristen Cart
one of the best raptor field guides ever, Been using this book for 2 decades... amazing AAA+++Published 12 months ago by larry broderick