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Publisher Comments:

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

Review:

"It's a lot to process, but after pouring over these plates for the past several months I can tell you that they are extremely valuable teaching tools. Crossley’s idea is to show us the birds as we see them in nature. After passing through my initial impression I find that I routinely become completely absorbed in whichever plate I am looking at. Here is a recipe for a better way to learn birds and to retain what you learn." --Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine

Review:

"The scope of The Crossley ID Guide is almost unimaginable. The 640 scenes are composed from 10,000 photos taken by the author. Few birders have a life list of 640 species." --Scott Shalaway, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Review:

"Crossley’s text is well written. It’s informative. It avoids the stiff, style-bereft prose almost all other field guides contain. Crossley writes as he most likely speaks, in the vernacular, with a casual tone, and sometimes with a bit of dry humor." --Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Review:

"But while the plethora of pretty pictures ultimately will make The Crossley ID Guide a best seller, it's the author's candid and conversational writing that I find most appealing." --James F. McCarty, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Although it covers a fair number of western species, either as Great Plains residents or strays to the east, I would expect the Crossley guide to have a primarily regional appeal. California birders may want to wait for the western counterpart. Then again, many birders, like birds, are highly mobile. If I were headed east and had room in my luggage, I’d take this along." --Joe Easton, The Berkeley Daily Planet

Review:

"By noticing the similarities between the different images, you will learn to focus on the features that remain constant for a particular species. The rationale is compelling, and I think Crossley’s approach might actually work." --Michael Szpir, American Scientist

Review:

"Crossley’s boundaries for the east are expansive—they extend farther west than most guides—and include more rare species." --Henry T. Armistead, Library Journal

Review:

"I found it a bit jarring at first, which is exactly what Crossley says he had in mind. This guide has grown on me, though. Crossley is quick to point out that his book is not a field guide, but an ID guide." --Kirby Adams, National Parks Traveler

Synopsis:

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

Synopsis:

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

About the Author

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer who has been birding since age 7 and who, by age 21, had hitchhiked more than 100,000 miles chasing birds across his native Britain and Europe. His love of the outdoors and his interest in teaching, design, and technology have shaped his unique vision for the future of birding and bird books. He is excited by the prospect of using new technologies to bring "reality birding" to a wide audience through many different media. He is a spokesperson for Nikon Sports Optics and coauthor of "The Shorebird Guide", and lives with his wife and two daughters in Cape May, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Quick Key to Species 6

Introduction 22

How to Use This Book 22

How to Be a Better Birder 25

Species Accounts Waterbirds 36

Swimming Waterbirds 36

Flying Waterbirds 98

Walking Waterbirds 144

Landbirds

Upland Gamebirds 219

Raptors 231

Miscellaneous Larger Landbirds 269

Aerial Landbirds 315

Songbirds 332

Acknowledgments 517

Index 518

Shorthand (Alpha Codes) 518

Scientific Names 522

Common Names 526

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691147789
Author:
Crossley, Richard
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birds and Natural History
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Subject:
Popular science
Edition Description:
Flexibound
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10,000 color images.
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 59 oz

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"Review" by , "It's a lot to process, but after pouring over these plates for the past several months I can tell you that they are extremely valuable teaching tools. Crossley’s idea is to show us the birds as we see them in nature. After passing through my initial impression I find that I routinely become completely absorbed in whichever plate I am looking at. Here is a recipe for a better way to learn birds and to retain what you learn." --
"Review" by , "The scope of The Crossley ID Guide is almost unimaginable. The 640 scenes are composed from 10,000 photos taken by the author. Few birders have a life list of 640 species." --
"Review" by , "Crossley’s text is well written. It’s informative. It avoids the stiff, style-bereft prose almost all other field guides contain. Crossley writes as he most likely speaks, in the vernacular, with a casual tone, and sometimes with a bit of dry humor." --
"Review" by , "But while the plethora of pretty pictures ultimately will make The Crossley ID Guide a best seller, it's the author's candid and conversational writing that I find most appealing." --
"Review" by , "Although it covers a fair number of western species, either as Great Plains residents or strays to the east, I would expect the Crossley guide to have a primarily regional appeal. California birders may want to wait for the western counterpart. Then again, many birders, like birds, are highly mobile. If I were headed east and had room in my luggage, I’d take this along." --
"Review" by , "By noticing the similarities between the different images, you will learn to focus on the features that remain constant for a particular species. The rationale is compelling, and I think Crossley’s approach might actually work." --
"Review" by , "Crossley’s boundaries for the east are expansive—they extend farther west than most guides—and include more rare species." --
"Review" by , "I found it a bit jarring at first, which is exactly what Crossley says he had in mind. This guide has grown on me, though. Crossley is quick to point out that his book is not a field guide, but an ID guide." --
"Synopsis" by , This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

"Synopsis" by , This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

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