Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors In Flight$10.92
- great reference specializing in hawks in flight
- excellent photos, those comparing similar species especially helpful
- a must for hawk watchers...especially in the East
- limited coverage of Western and non-migratory hawks
- only hawks in flight, no photographs of perched birds
- size makes books burdensome in the field
December 9th, 2006
“Surprisingly, perhaps my favorite photographs in Hawks from Every Angle aren’t even in color! At the end of each section is a comparison plate showing each of the species in similar positions. In order to emphasize shape these photos are black-and-white and sized so that the species look the same. This is a great feature and should prove very valuable.”
“His descriptions are lucid and distinct. When comparing birds, either of the same species but different ages or sexes, or of different species, he oftentimes uses the same criteria to tell them apart, but in such a way that it doesn’t seem like all that much repetition. Besides, repetition, when it comes to hawk identification, is probably all to the good.”
Identifying hawks in flight is a tricky business. Across North America, tens of thousands of people gather every spring and fall at more than one thousand known hawk migration sites–from New Jersey’s Cape May to California’s Golden Gate. Yet, as many discover, a standard field guide, with its emphasis on plumage, is often of little help in identifying those raptors soaring, gliding, or flapping far, far away.
Hawks from Every Angle takes hawk identification to new heights. It offers a fresh approach that literally looks at the birds from every angle, compares and contrasts deceptively similar species, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field. Jerry Liguori pinpoints innovative, field-tested identification traits for each species from the various angles that they are seen.
Featuring 339 striking color photos on 68 color plates and 32 black & white photos, Hawks from Every Angle is unique in presenting a host of meticulously crafted pictures for each of the 19 species it covers in detail–the species most common to migration sites throughout the United States and Canada. All aspects of raptor identification are discussed, including plumage, shape, and flight style traits.
For all birders who follow hawk migration and have found themselves wondering if the raptor in the sky matches the one in the guide, Hawks from Every Angle–distilling an expert’s years of experience for the first time into a comprehensive array of truly useful photos and other pointers for each species–is quite simply a must.
- The essential new approach to identifying hawks in flight
- Innovative, accurate, and field-tested identification traits for each species
- 339 color photos on 68 color plates, 32 black & white photos
- Compares and contrasts species easily confused with one another, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field
- Covers in detail 19 species common to migration sites throughout the North America
- Discusses light conditions, how molt can alter the shape of a bird, aberrant plumages, and migration seasons and sites
- User-friendly format