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Raptors of New Mexico Hardcover – August 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 728 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; First Edition edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826341454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826341457
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautifully illustrated study is the first book to focus on the birds of prey of New Mexico.

About the Author

Jean-Luc E. Cartron (M.D., 1991, University of Paris Val de Marne, France; and Ph.D., 1995, Biology, University of New Mexico) is a research assistant professor at UNM and the director of the Drylands Institute New Mexico office. He has written numerous articles on raptor ecology and is the editor of Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico.

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Excellent book in every respect.
NMHighPlains
Great photos, species descriptions, and distribution data/maps for New Mexico.
Zozobra
The selection of photographs is extensive and of good quality.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Nugent on July 12, 2010
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This is a monumental accomplishment. Rather than put the responsibility for the broad reach of this knowledge in the hands of any one person, Dr. Cartron, in addition to his own writings, has sought out recognized authorities in every facet of the field. That applies as well to the photographs. Any one who has attempted to photograph birds in their natural habitat knows the time, energy and luck it takes to produce even one good picture. In this case virtually every photograph is a minor masterpiece. The result is a work that is truly greater than the sum of its parts! I think you could safely say that everything you'll ever want to know about New Mexico's top aerial predators is contained within these pages. Congratulations are in order.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on August 17, 2010
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Basics: hardcover; 2010, 712pp; all 44 species of raptors documented from New Mexico are shown in 740+ color photographs; each of the 37 regular species is reviewed in 10-26 pages and 7 other vagrants by a single page; text covers in-depth account of life history, range, habitat, and description; 3-color range map provided for each bird

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleni Otto on April 10, 2011
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It took five minutes to fall in love with this book when I pulled it off the shelf at White Sands Ntl. Monument's visitor center. Chapter One leapt out at me - I finally found maps and explanations of New Mexico's "floristic zones" and "vegetation communities." And I do have an interest in the raptors I see around the state, so the rest of the book will be an invaluable resource and inspiration. The book is beautifully designed with plenty of images and graphs to complement the text, and it is written so that non-biologists (like myself) can get it, too. Thanks to everyone who wrote, edited and designed this amazing book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bear Magnet on December 7, 2010
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This is an amazing book, with a ton of great information, and superb photographs. An incredible bargain too. A must have for any birder or raptor enthusiast in the desert Southwest. Although it has species descriptions, it's not really an identification guide, it goes much much farther than that, discussing in detail the biology of the various species. As an example the bald eagle chapter has twenty pages, headings include Distribution, Habitat Associations, Life History [sub-headed nesting, diet and foraging among others], and Status and Management.

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.

Roger Grimshaw.
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By corry clinton on March 2, 2014
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This book is most comprehensive and full of detail. The pictures are spectacular. I highly recommend this book. Well done!
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