“…Carefully arranged and chosen photos set in a realistic background, at all distances, can challenge anyone; the flight images are tough but fair, with no tricks, and honed my experienced eyes. For a 63 year-old falconer-biologist-raptorphile who has kept many of the species featured, that is quite an admission to make.
I am keeping my copy of the book.”
Book Review: Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, By Richard Crossley, Jerry Ligouri, And Brian Sullivan
July 15, 2013
Stephen J. Bodio (All About Birds)
“If you love raptors and want to improve your identification skills buy this book. Leave it on your coffee table or bed stand and study it. Follow this prescription and show up at your next hawk watch ready to hold your own against the pros. My library includes a several outstanding raptor guides which I will continue to use. However, The Crossley ID Guide to Raptors breaks new ground in the evolution of bird identification guides.”
Review: The Crossley ID Guide to Raptors
March 29, 2013
Wayne Mones (Audubon)
Part of the revolutionary Crossley ID Guide series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike scenes composed from multiple photographs–scenes that allow you to identify raptors just as the experts do. Experienced birders use the most easily observed and consistent characteristics–size, shape, behavior, probability, and general color patterns. The book’s 101 scenes–including thirty-five double-page layouts–provide a complete picture of how these features are all related. Even the effects of lighting and other real-world conditions are illustrated and explained. Detailed and succinct accounts from two of North America’s foremost raptor experts, Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan, stress the key identification features. This complete picture allows everyone from beginner to expert to understand and enjoy what he or she sees in the field. The mystique of bird identification is eliminated, allowing even novice birders to identify raptors quickly and simply.
Comprehensive and authoritative, the book covers all thirty-four of North America’s diurnal raptor species (all species except owls). Each species is featured in stunning color plates that show males and females, in a full spectrum of ages and color variants, depicted near and far, in flight and at rest, and from multiple angles, all caught in their typical habitats. There are also comparative, multispecies scenes and mystery photographs that allow readers to test their identification skills, along with answers and full explanations in the back of the book. In addition, the book features an introduction, and thirty-four color maps accompany the plates.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, this one-of-a-kind guide will show you an entirely new way to look at these spectacular birds.
- The most complete guide to North American raptors, written by some of the foremost experts
- The first raptor guide using Richard Crossley’s acclaimed, innovative composite images that show birds as they actually appear in the field
- 101 stunning color plates–including thirty-five double-page layouts–composed from thousands of photographs
- Comparative, multispecies plates and photos of mystery species that allow readers to test their growing identification skills
- Complete with introduction, 34 color maps, and detailed species accounts