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Hawks in Flight: The Flight Identification of North American Migrant Raptorsby Peter Dunne
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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.
This guide shows how to recognize hawks the way we recognize friends at a distance: by body shape, movements, and locale.
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.
About the Author
Clay Sutton has years of experience as a professional naturalist and teacher. He lives in Cape May, New Jersey.PETE DUNNE is the author of nine books, including Pete Dunne onBird Watching, Hawks in Flight, and The Wind Masters. He is the vicepresident of the New Jersey Audubon Society and the director of itsCape May Bird Observatory and has written columns and articles forvirtually every birding magazine as well as the New York Times.David Allen Sibley, the author and illustrator of a best-selling series of birding guides, lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
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