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Raptors of New Mexico Hardcover – August 16, 2010
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Raptor enthusiasts and/or birders of the Southwest should be keen on buying this book. It is a large, thick, and heavy tome that provides a respectable account on each of the state's raptors. In case you're wondering, this is not an identification guide (many of those already exist); instead, this is a solid ornithological reference.
All 44 species of raptors that have been documented in New Mexico are shown in over 740 color photographs. For the 37 regular birds, each is shown with 10-31 photographs. For the 7 other vagrants, just 1-3 photos are given. These photos show the adult bird both perched and in flight as well with adult and juvenile plumages; they show the bird's nest, eggs, fledglings, or food; and, show the typical habitat in which the bird is found. The selection of photographs is extensive and of good quality. It should be pointed out that although they are good, not all of them will be -- nor are meant to be -- directly useful for identification. Instead, some photos show the bird at a slight distance, which exhibits how the bird is often observed in the field atop trees or power poles or sitting at the nest. These photographs range in size from 2x2 inches to nearly a full page.
The heart of this thick book is its text, which offers a mini-chapter of 10-26 pages on each of the 37 raptors regularly found in New Mexico. This well researched material provides a solid, thorough account of the bird.Read more ›
As well as species accounts there are introductory chapters including one on raptor migration in NM [based in part on Hawkwatch International's multi-year studies near Albuquerque].
Oh and the book includes both diurnal and nocturnal raptors i.e. owls, in case you were wondering.
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Incredible photographs and detailed descriptions and maps make this weighty raptor discussion worthy of purchase anywhere--these birds occur in your area too! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Boat Person
This book is most comprehensive and full of detail. The pictures are spectacular. I highly recommend this book. Well done!Published 23 months ago by corry clinton
Excellent book in every respect. If you're at all interested in raptors of New Mexico, you need this book. Period. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by NMHighPlains
This book is the best in a long line of wildlife books we have purchased in our lifetime. The photographs, the commentary, everything...it is all top-drawer! Thank you!Published on March 7, 2011 by Karen Garnich