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Hawks in Flightby Pete Dunne
Synopses & Reviews
Among the world's most popular birds, hawks can be some of the most difficult birds to identify. They're most often seen flying high above and at a distance.
In the first edition of Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne, David Sibley, and Clay Sutton presented a holistic method of hawk identification, using general body shape, the way they move, and the places they are most likely to be seen.
The new edition of the book that Roger Tory Peterson called a andquot;landmarkandquot; integrates an array of carefully selected photographs, David Sibley's superb illustrations, and a clear, information-packed text and takes raptor identification to a higher level. This edition covers all of the raptors that breed in North America, including those with limited ranges in Florida, the Southwest, and Texas.
Picking up where its predecessor ended by including two decades of raptor identification refinement, Hawks in Flight summarizes and places in usersandrsquo; hands an identification skill set that used to take years to master. The unique alchemy of Dunne, Sibley, and Suttonandmdash;including their collective experience of more than one hundred years watching hawksandmdash;make this book a singular achievement and a must-have for anyone interested in hawks.
An indispensable guide for hawk watchers, this is a completely new edition of the seminal book that introduced a holistic method for identifying distant birds in flight.
This guide includes all 39 species of North American hawks and other diurnal raptors, including eagles, falcons, and vultures. Color paintings and photographs show each species in various color morphs and plumages, which are aso described in detail.
A guide to help birders use important, unchanging features of size, shape, body language, and behavior to create impressions of birds and identify them.
A guide that teaches birders how to effectively identify eastern waterbirds in flight using a method of identification that emphasizes birds' structure, behavior, and overall color.
In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks.
After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance.
This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.
Seawatching is the challenging act of identifying waterbirds in flight. Since more than one hundred different species can fly past an observation point, often at great speed or in tightly packed, mixed-species flocks, identification of these distant shapes can be a mystery. The keys to the mysteryandmdash;the subtle traits that unlock the identity of flying waterbirds, be it wingbeat cadence, individual structure, flock shape and behavior, or subtle flashes of colorandmdash;are revealed in this guide.
Though commonly called seawatching, this on-the-fly observation and identification method is by no means restricted to the coast. There are impressive waterbird migrations on the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, and many inland lakes and rivers. Nor is it restricted to migrating waterfowl, as the principles of flight identification apply as effectively to ducks flushed off a pond as to distant migrating flocks. Like Hawks in Flight and The Shorebird Guide, the Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching breaks new ground, provides cutting-edge techniques, and pushes the envelope in bird identification even further.
A highly visual guide to identifying birds in the field based on the important, unchanging features of size, shape, structure, and behavior
Birding is an extremely rewarding and fun hobby, but some situations can be frustrating or unsuccessful because of a variety of challenging viewing conditions. This guide to identifying birds offers the holistic andldquo;birding by impressionandrdquo; method, which not only helps with these difficult conditions, but also develops an efficient mental identification process using left- and right-brain skills. It begins with a conscious assessment of a birdandrsquo;s unchanging physical characteristics, including general size, body shape, structural features (bill, legs, neck, and wings), and behavior. Using this approach, birders can quickly assess all birds and distinguish new and uncommon species from familiar ones. They can then examine more detailed field marks to fine-tune the identification. Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process.
About the Author
PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunneand#8217;s Essential Field Guide Companion, Pete Dunne on Bird Watching, and most recently Prairie Spring, the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.
Clay Sutton is a freelance writer, naturalist, lecturer, and tour leader.David Sibley is the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and several other books.
Table of Contents
List of Plates ix
Introduction 1 How to Use This Book 10 List of Terms 12 PLATES 17
SPECIES ACCOUNTS 99 New World Vultures: Cathartidae 101 Black Vulture 102 Turkey Vulture 105 California Condor 109 Ospreys: Pandioninae 113 Osprey 113 Kites: Accipitridae 119 Hook-billed Kite 119 Swallow-tailed Kite 123 White-tailed Kite 127 Snail Kite 131 Mississippi Kite 135 Sea and Fishing Eagles: Haliaeetus 141 Bald Eagle 141 Harriers: Circus 149 Northern Harrier 149 Accipiters: Accipiter 155 Sharp-shinned Hawk 156 Cooperand#8217;s Hawk 160 Northern Goshawk 165 Buteonines: Accipitridae 170 Common Black-Hawk 170 Harrisand#8217;s Hawk 175 Gray Hawk 178 Red-shouldered Hawk 182 Broad-winged Hawk 189 Short-tailed Hawk 193 Swainsonand#8217;s Hawk 198 White-tailed Hawk 205 Zone-tailed Hawk 210 Red-tailed Hawk 213 Harlanand#8217;s Hawk 222 Ferruginous Hawk 227 Rough-legged Hawk 233 Booted Eagles: Aquila 241 Golden Eagle 241 Falcons: Falconidae 247 Crested Caracara 248 American Kestrel 252 Merlin 256 Aplomado Falcon 262 Gyrfalcon 265 Peregrine Falcon 270 Prairie Falcon 276 Vagrants: Accipitridae and Falconidae 281 Eurasian Honey Buzzard 281 Black Kite 284 Egyptian Vulture 286 White-tailed Eagle 288 Stellerand#8217;s Sea Eagle 291 Marsh Harrier 294 Crane Hawk 295 Roadside Hawk 297 Booted Eagle 300 Collared Forest-Falcon 302 Common Kestrel 304 Eurasian Hobby 308 References 313 Index 314
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