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Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species Paperback – September 3, 2010
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"As a reference, Bird Feathers will be useful to anyone who spends significant time outdoors. But for birders, it's even more valuable for the insight it provides into birds' lives, form, and appearance." (The Birder's Library 2011-07-08)
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Unfortunately, I was hoping for some sort of description and more identifying characteristics of each bird, such as feather measurements etc. there are many feathers that look very similar... It's still unclear as to what bird feathers I have found. It would also be nice to have a photo of the bird itself, on each page.
Guess I'll keep searching for my perfect feather identification book.
Beautifully written and well photographed, the book still has a fault and it is not entirely the authors'. As an amateur nature photographer, I know how difficult it is to photograph feathers, especially feathers with color. If it were a perfect world, the book would be twice as large and the feathers would be life-sized and the colors would be true. However, if one takes a Western Bluebird and a Western Inland Scrub Jay as examples, the blues are distinctive and much more "blue" than what is represented in the book.
Under a high powered (Verilux)lamp or outdoors, one can see that the feathers that are photographers do have blue in them, but the gray part of the feathers predominates and makes the variations very difficult to see. This makes identification difficult though not impossible.
I highly recommend the book even with these "distractions." Nothing compares, and if it makes you "study" harder, then the book has accomplished an unintended consequence. Meanwhile, it IS well written and explains more than I ever knew. Combined with the photographs, it's superb.