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The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

…quite simply brilliant!

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors - A revolutionary, comprehensive, and authoritative photographic guide to North American raptors - Series: Crossley ID Guide 2 by Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori & Brian Sullivan | 304 pages | 101 plates with colour photos | 34 colour distribution maps | Princeton University Press | Paperback | Apr 2013 | ISBN-13: 9780691157405 | NHBS Price: £19.95Publishers View: 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 Crossley ID Guide: Raptors 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 Crossley ID Guide: Raptors. In addition, The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors 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.Authors:

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer and the award-winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series (Princeton/Crossley Books), which has been recognized for its pioneering approach to bird identification. He is also a coauthor of The Shorebird Guide and the cofounder of the Pledge to Fledge global birding initiative, and he is working on multiple birding projects involving mixed media and new technologies such as birdcams.

Jerry Liguori is the author of Hawks from Every Angle and Hawks at a Distance (both Princeton). He has been studying raptors throughout North America for more than twenty-five years and has conducted hawk counts at numerous spring and fall migration sites.

Brian Sullivan is the coauthor of the forthcoming Princeton Guide to North American Birds. He is eBird project leader and photographic editor of the Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as photographic editor for the American Birding Association's journal, North American Birds.Fatbirder View: The one negative thing I have to say about this book is that it only covers North American Raptors… I’d love to see European species treated in this same innovative way!

You all know I hate photographic guides and this book is stuffed with photographs… but is about as far removed from most photographic guides as a Leonardo Da Vinci painting is from the sketch my three year-old granddaughter gave me the other day that is pasted to my fridge! As the publisher says this uses a tableau of photographs cleverly added to a realistic and appropriate background photo so that you can see the bird in all its forms in many poses just as you would in the field. You see them from above and below, in profile, stooping on prey, soaring in a thermal and all. The texts follow a pattern but also flow like a story.

I’m not going to say more lest you begin to think I have shares in the publishing company! It is quite simply brilliant and despite its size will go with me next time I go to the states to bird as I found the variety of raptors there harder to get to grips with because there are so many more than we get in the UK.

Please Princetown – bring this out as an app for my iPad


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