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Raptors of Eastern North America: The Wheeler Guides Paperback – July 22, 2007

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Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - North America, Worldtwitch

"These two books are major contributions to the literature of North American vultures and Falconiform raptors. . . . [B]oth Wheeler books should be owned by every hawk watcher and raptor biologist."--Donald S. Heintzelman, International Hawkwatcher

"[These are] publications that go beyond the coverage of other field guides. . . . [A]n important addition to your library."--Deb Dowdell, New Jersey Audubon

"[T]his a wonderful book. . . . [I]t is the most thorough guide to this group of North American birds you can purchase."--Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist

"Let me begin by saying this is a wonderful book. . . . This is easily the best photographic-style guide I have seen and is a real testament to the autho''s dedication. Thus it is the most thorough guide to this group of North American birds you can purchase. The full-color, superb photographs alone are worth the price of the book."--Roy John, The Canadian Field Naturalist

"The new Wheeler guides are, by far, the best guides for field identification and general reference for North American raptors that I have seen. The photos are both plentiful and stunning. . . . The new Wheeler guides, like the birds they elucidate and display, are gems for us all. They are well worth having."--Donald Sweig, Audubon Naturalist News

"I highly recommend these two superb references for the serious hawkwatcher."--Ron Pittaway, Ontario Birds

"Recognized as one, if not the best, photographic-style bird guides available, the Wheeler guides help birders identify numerous confusing species. Serious hawk watchers should have both of these guides."--Wildlife Activist

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"A highly significant contribution to the field. Wheeler has accomplished what no other guide has done for any group of birds. The quality of photography, scope and depth on plumages, races, and variations, are unequaled. The range maps are stellar--the best ever done for any guide. It is the ultimate raptor reference and will be for decades to come."--Clay Sutton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691134766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691134765
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By H. B. Estabrooks Jr. on September 29, 2003
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What an achievement!
For the first time, someone has produced a field guide using photographs that is as useful/helpful as one with paintings.
Through painstaking effort, and clearly top-quality equipment, Brian Wheeler has overcome the vagaries of bird photography (varied lighting, poor focus, etc.) to produce images for each species that are,by themselves, worth the price of the book. And, Wheeler's photographs are comprehensive for each species,and associated subspecies, ranging from 9 pictures for Short-tailed Hawk up to 82 for Red-tailed! A novice or veteran birder could spend hours poring over the photos, soaking up the fine details.
Along with the pictures, Wheeler has included exhaustive descriptive text (plumage, behavior, range, habitat, etc.) for each subspecies. He has also provided full-page maps with an innovative addition of major city names so the reader can "get their bearings".
All these things make this book (and its western counterpart) the crowning bird reference achievement since the first Peterson guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bowie in my DNA on March 1, 2009
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Love this! But I'm in Texas and usually Eastern American field guides cover my area. Like my title for this review says, this one uses a different criteria. According to the text, it's the demarcation the hawks use. This is great, but it needs to be made clear in the description of the product if not the title. It's an important detail left out.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book belongs in every falconer's bag. A book in a class by itself. The standard by which every future book on guides to raptors, will be judged.
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