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Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors Paperback – April 3, 2011
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"If you love watching hawks, Liguori's Hawks at a Distance is an essential aid which will help build your identification skills."--Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine
"A must-have for raptor people!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report
"Possibly the best-ever raptor identification guide in print. . . . If you are serious about identifying birds of prey, whether at a hawk-watch site, or during your everyday birding, the advances made by the author with this book can assist you in achieving that goal in ways few books have done previously. . . . Highly recommended."--William P. Mueller, Bluebird's Laugh
"Hawks at a Distance is an advanced study written by an authority in raptors. Mr. Liguori's book is great to be read with attention and what you learn you will treasure greatly if you are an active birder."--H.J. Ruiz, My Backyard Visitors
"This is an absolute 'must have' for anyone who has ever even briefly wondered, 'What kind of hawk was that?' . . . Practical and beautiful. . . . If you have even the slightest interest in birds, you should own this book."--Alan Speakman, eBirdseed.com
"Jerry Liguori has found a way to communicate to birders of all ages and skill levels how he can identify hawks at a distance. He provides us with a study tool that is the next best thing to being with him atop a ridge near a hawk flyway. . . . By putting in the work to study these photos and internalizing the helpful text explaining what is shown in each photo, you would be ready to join a hawk-watch group and dazzle them with your advanced skills."--Robert Mortensen, Birding is Fun
"This book has a lot to offer hawk watchers of all levels of experience."--A Charm of Finches
"Hawks at a Distance is a neat little book and valuable reference."--Angus Wilson, OceanWanderers Book Shelf
"A remarkable and important field guide."--Greg Laden, Science blogs
"Every birder with an interest in hawks should own this book. And really, what birder isn't interested in hawks? Show me a birder that doesn't enjoy an afternoon at a good hawk-watch, and I'll show you a dog that doesn't like cheese."--Greg Niese, North American Birding
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"Jerry Liguori's book takes the hawk identification guide to a whole new level. It is hard to imagine the amount of time that went into this book--countless hours on mountaintops and other hawk-watching sites taking the photographs, then selecting and arranging them. The result is simply the best collection of hawk ID photos ever assembled, combined with Liguori's clear and concise identification tips. This book is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in hawk identification."--David Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds
"Liguori has done it again. Fresh on the heels of his highly acclaimed Hawks from Every Angle, we now have the newHawks at a Distance. He never missed a beat. Not only did he pick up where he left off, he has taken it to a higher plane. This twenty-first-century offering does for raptors what the seminal Ducks at a Distance did for waterfowl in the mid-twentieth century. It makes a quantum leap in the complex art and science of hawk identification, taming these shape-shifters like never before."--Clay Sutton, coauthor ofHawks in Flight
"Jerry Liguori presents an innovative concept tackling the age-old problem of identifying flying raptors when seen under field-viewing conditions. Optimal grasp of each species and age class is obtained with a multitude of photographs depicting various flight modes and lighting conditions of dorsal, ventral, and head-on views. The concise text is easy to read and very informative. Liguori's field identification prowess is impeccable and is articulated throughout this guide."--Brian K. Wheeler, author ofRaptors of Western North America and Raptors of Eastern North America
"Finally a raptor identification guide that depicts hawks the way you are likely to see them--at a distance! Liguori's unique approach to raptor identification will help birders quickly focus on the field marks that matter, to understand broad plumage patterns, and ultimately extend their reach and abilities as hawk-watchers. This guide is an absolute must for anyone interested in raptors, and will become an instant classic among hawk-watching enthusiasts."--Brian Sullivan, eBird project leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
"This book is a winner. The spectacular, cutting-edge photos effectively highlight important aspects of raptors in flight and are simply mind-boggling. This is the one guide that almost everyone will take to the field."--Keith Bildstein, Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
"Clear and concise, I found all the information presented in this book to be accurate and accessible for both neophyte and more experienced hawk-watchers. I congratulate the author for coming up with such wonderfully illustrative photographs."--Tony Leukering, senior ornithologist, Geo-Marine Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In a word, my impression of the Kindle version is WOW!
The Kindle version has many excellent features in regard to the text. I find the ability to control font size unique and something that you can't obviously do with a printed book unless a magnifying glass were used. Those that have trouble reading small print will find this very helpful. I also like the fact that you can change the backgrounds (black, white or sepia.) This makes it easier to read in dim light or even the dark, something you can't do with a printed book. You can bookmark several locations and search for words/phrases. I really like the ability to control the number of words across the screen (width of page) and change between one or two columns of text. From the Table of Contents page or the Index you can link directly to each chapter instantly, a nice feature too.
Because "Hawks At A Distance" relies predominately on photos I'd like to first point out that the size of the monitor you use will dictate the vertical size of the photos. The author arranges multiple views/angles of distant raptors on photo plates showing 6 raptors per page. These photo plates have to remain intact for continuity with the captions. The captions to each photo are best viewed when you go to the full screen format. Towards the back of the book the author created plates showing an array of shapes for each raptor species. These are really very special and an outstanding learning tool. On my 13" MacBook screen these plates are somewhat smaller than the printed version but not to the point that it is troublesome. All the detail you see in the printed book comes across the screen very well, just a tad smaller. Keep in mind, "Hawks At A Distance" is about the identification of distant raptors or what some hawk watchers/birders might call "specks."
As for the actual content of "Hawks At A Distance" I find this book (Kindle or printed version) to be a superb guide to learning distant raptor ID. This is not the typical bird guide that uses arrows or other marking techniques to call out ID features. The author's expertise in subtleties of distant raptor identification is highly evident and graciously shared with the reader. For those that have attempted to learn this tough aspect of field identification and got discouraged, this book will definitely get your confidence back. Studying and mentally absorbing both the photo plates and reading the captions will teach you what to look for in the field. There is no other book like this for learning distant hawk identification of migrating while viewed in the sky!!
I highly recommend this version of the book and personally find owning both the Kindle version and the printed book to be preferable for all my reading environments!
Gives great pictures of hawk's flight which helps in identification.
Most birds/birds of prey have their own markers for identification, but when observing looking
up to the sky at them...it can become confusing. This book is a great assist in identifying types
of flight and those particular markers/identifiction markers that are visible while looking up.
It teaches you what to look for and really helps you quickly learn those specific markers and
that can be a big plus in adding to your enjoyment of watching these magnificent birds.
You may also want to check out another book from Jerry Liguori, Hawks From Every Angle.