- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Shearer Publishing; 1st Edition. edition (October 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940672634
- ISBN-13: 978-0940672635
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Birds of Texas Paperback – October, 1993
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The coverage is not as complete as, say, Peterson's Field Guide to the Birds of Texas, which I also own. The Peterson has, for example, many more of the confusing fall warblers; the Tveten explicitly says that detailed coverage of the warblers is outside its scope. But the differences in coverage are generally of the rarer birds; anything a casual bird-watcher is likely to see will be in the Tveten; and the Peterson has few good colour plates.
This is a larger book than is really convenient out in the field, though. Plus the descriptive sections, while well-written and interesting, aren't organized in a way that makes it easy to quickly find important field marks or check the range. If you want to get just one book I'd recommend this one; get another for completeness or for use in the field.
For all you bird lovers, this is the book. IT is the most detailed and well made book that has ever been made. You will never have a problem trying to discern one bird from another. The pictures that Tveten takes are some of the most detailed and close pictures ever. God knows how hard it is to get good close-ups. While it is a little hard to carry in the field, the hard copy makes one of the best coffee table books ever. You might also want to check out Shearer Publishings state atlases, the best and most detailed maps in the country. I strongly support these fine books from Fredericksburg, Texas.
I recommend this book for anyone who has an appreciation of birds in the Lone Star state and wants to vicariously see them through this medium. It will definitely prompt every armchair birder to take to the field and spy these wondrous creatures in their natural habitat. There are several birds I saw in this book which captured my fancy immediately. By seeing these photos, it prompted me to go out and beat the trails and shorelines to see each of these birds up close and "in person." A great book!
However, you'll never find a field guide that will show you what makes each bird unique, and where each bird fits into the landscape. The descriptions are engaging, personal, and informative regarding behavior and location, and the photographs catch much about the lives of birds that can only be seen otherwise in the field. Tveten's pictures, including mockingbirds attacking raptors, songbirds calling from brush, and the activities of feeding and nesting birds, catch the essence of why people go out and look at them over, over, and over again.
This book will make you enjoy finding and looking for birds.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some interesting information. Rather long winded and not exactly entertaining. Also, while it does not purport to being a field guide, the title may lead potential readers to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Mathews
Nice book, a pretty piece of work, but it contains birds not found in N. TX and a lot of what's in my backyard isn't in this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Buttchops
The book arrived very late and the cover of the book was just falling off and torn so I had to fix it and glue the covers so that it won't fall off. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Imma T
This is the best book that you can buy to identify birds in Texas. Great photos to help you find out the names of the birds you see at home or as you travelPublished on December 18, 2013 by LBell
Condition is good, gave another one to a friend so had to replace with something. After the reviews, chose this book. Am very happy. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by mr who