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Hawks in Flight: Second Edition by [Dunne, Pete, Sutton, Clay, Sibley, David]
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"A landmark . . . a book I could learn a lot from." -- Roger Tory Peterson

Book Description

HMH Paperback, 1989
Previous ISBN 978-0-395-51022-3

Product Details

  • File Size: 12870 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R8PGJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My primary interest is watching and identifying raptors. I started out with the Peterson's guides as a child and was thrilled when the "Peterson Field Guide to Hawks of North America" was published (see my review). Then last year I started using Jeff Ligouri's "Hawks at a Distance." And recently added a copy of this volume - "Hawks in Flight," 2nd Edition - which has been expanded to include raptors in western North America. I have found it to be very useful. Specifically - Pete Dunne describes characteristics about each specie in simple and engaging language. Next - the photographs in the book (by Sutton, Ligouri and others) were well chosen in presenting key profiles. Finally, I find that David Sibley has the ability to educate me to certain specifics with his drawings - for me it has been posture. Between his "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America," and this book, I am beginning to appreciate how much information he packs into one of his pen and ink drawings. Added together, the combination makes it easier for me to get a lock on what I am seeing in the field.

No one guide has been "the answer," for me when it comes to identifying raptors. I seem to need a variety of references. This is a great addition and could stand alone. However if I can encourage new birders here, get a variety of guides so that you can check with various resources and are not stuck with one. Not being sure of your ID is part of the challenge (and fun) of being a birder. Books like this add to your ID tool box. Highly recommended!
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I had Pete Dunne's first edition of Hawks in Flight and this was an improvement regarding text. This was also an improvement regarding the layout of the book - each raptor species 'chapter' starts on a page, whereas in the first edition, some species descriptions actually started midway on a page from the end of the previous raptor's description (I guess to save paper?). The photographs of the different raptor species in the different age and/or color morphs are in color in the second edition whereas they were in black-and-white in the first. This helps a great deal.
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I have three other books on identifying hawks to help my work counting hawks in migration on hawk hill above the golden gate bridge with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. This is the best. The words stick in your brain, the pictures are magnificent to look at and lead you to gain the knowledge to tell the difference between the species. Accipters are the hardest to identify not as accipiters but whether they are Cooper's or Sharp shinned because the two look so much alike. If this is your problem too then this is the book for you.

Jeff Wilkinson
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Hawks in Flight was the first "specialty" guide I ever read in birding, and I found it very useful. Between Sibley's drawings, Dunne's writing, and Sutton's photographs, I felt like I had advanced a few grades in mere days. At the hawkwatch, I saw EXACTLY what they were pointing out. When the second edition came out, it was even better: photographs, text, drawings, and MORE SPECIES! Expanding it to cover Southwest birds and the rarities like California Condor and Aplomado Falcon was all the more reason to acquire and devour this book. One feels like you have received a college education in hawk I.D. when one has finished this book, while simply having the pleasure of reading. Can't wait to see how much better my I.D. knowledge has improved this season!
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Vivid and memorable writing, evocative and eloquent drawings, and color photos replacing the old smudgy black and whites make this the essential guide for hawk watchers. The addition of a range of typically southern and western species makes it useful for birders beyond the original area of coverage. Even if you don't like hawk watching, you'll find that the approaches outlined here can be applied to birding of any type. Buy it, read it. You'll learn a lot.
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This guide has changed the perspective with which this birder views diurnal raptors. Traditional field guides focus considerably (and understandably) on plumage, but Dunne, Sibley & Sutton deliver an advanced course in the diagnostic value of structure, flight profiles, flight behavior, and "GISS" (General Impression, Size, Shape). I suspect that I'm not the only birder to find himself (or herself) eager to look skyward to test the identification principles disclosed here.

Volunteers at hawk watch sites should of course treat this as a virtual bible. I probably won't routinely carry it in the field, but I expect to consult it often.
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We have found this book to be very helpful in our raptor identification. We are happy to see there is a new edition--we keep the first edition in the car and the 2nd edition at the house. The hard cover is good for reference work--wish there were a softcover to take in the car (that is why we still use the first edition).
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The book is nicely organized, well-written and contains tons of drawings and photographs. As a hawk enthusiast, this is my new go-to guide. No other book even comes close. I only wish the printing/binding was as good as the rest of the book. Printed in China to save a few cents -- and it shows.
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