Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

Author: Derek Onley,Paul Scofield

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408183765

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 4915

Famous for their size and elegance in flight, albatrosses are familiar to anyone who has travelled through the southern oceans, and are a flagship family of conservation concern. However, albatrosses are just one of several groups of 'pelagic' birds - those that visit land only to breed, and spend the rest of their lives far from the coast, soaring from ocean to ocean in a never-ending search for food. Mysterious and graceful, these birds can present a formidable identification challenge to even the most experienced birder. This fixed-format ebook provides the answer - the first comprehensive guide to pelagic birds, the albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and diving petrels. Optimised for iPad, it features the book in crisp, clear high-resolution. A total of 46 detailed, fully zoomable colour plates highlight key ID criteria of the birds in flight, with close-ups of diagnostic regions of the plumage. The plates are accompanied by accurate distribution maps, while the sparkling text brings the world of these amazing birds to life. Sea-watchers all around the world will find this superb field guide indispensable ? and no birder will want to be without it.

Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

Author: Derek Onley,Paul Scofield

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408108771

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 4729

Intended for sea-watchers, this is a comprehensive field guide to pelagic birds - the albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and diving petrels. A total of 46 colour plates highlight key ID criteria of the birds in flight, with close-ups of diagnostic regions of the plumage. The plates are accompanied by accurate distribution maps.

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America

A Photographic Guide

Author: Steve N. G. Howell,J. Brian Patteson,Debra Shearwater

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691142114

Category: Nature

Page: 482

View: 5548

Petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels are among the most beautiful yet least known of all the world's birds, living their lives at sea far from the sight of most people. Largely colored in shades of gray, black, and white, these enigmatic and fast-flying seabirds can be hard to differentiate, particularly from a moving boat. Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivaled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-color images to help you identify these remarkable birds. The first book of its kind, this guide features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group. The guide also includes distribution maps for regularly occurring species as well as a bibliography, glossary, and appendixes. The first state-of-the-art photographic guide to these enigmatic seabirds Includes hundreds of full-color photos throughout Features detailed species accounts that describe flight, plumage, distribution, and more Provides overviews of ocean habitats, taxonomy, and conservation Offers tips on how to observe and identify birds at sea

Seabirds of the World

A Photographic Guide

Author: Peter Harrison

Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780713646269

Category: Sea birds

Page: 317

View: 3513

A reference guide to the seabirds of the world.

Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

Author: Derek Onley,Paul Scofield

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0713643323

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 1120

The first comprehensive guide to pelagic birds - those that only visit land to breed, and spend the rest of their lives soaring from ocean to ocean.

Seabirds

An Identification Guide

Author: Peter Harrison

Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780713635102

Category: Birds

Page: 448

View: 2778

This revised edition of Harrison's guide to seabirds of the world, with full colour paintings of 1600 birds covering 312 species, has been updated to include recent research. The illustrations usually show several views of a species and each bird has been given an individual account. The text treats each species in depth, stressing the various distinct colours forms within species and closely examining the sub-species. Flight, behaviour, distribution and similar species are fully discussed. Each illustration has a facing caption page which is cross-referenced to the main body of the text for quick identification."

Skuas and Jaegers

Author: Klaus Malling Olsen,Hans Larsson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408189070

Category: Nature

Page: 168

View: 3913

Skuas (and jaegers) are a fascinating and popular group of seabirds that make up a subfamily of just seven species. They can be divided into two main groups: the larger species of Catharacta skuas which are mainly found in the southern hemisphere (with Great Skua breeding in the north), and the three Stercorarius species (also known as jaegers) which breed in the northern hemisphere. Both northern and southern skuas breed at high latitudes and several species are long-distance migrants, performing spectacular migrations through most of the world's oceans, sometimes even flying overland. The individual plumage variation in some species is enormous, creating one of the most puzzling yet fascinating challenges in modern field identification. This is the first complete identification guide to the skuas of the world. It is designed to enable species identification and correct ageing, and the information presented is based on years of study in the field, detailed examination of photographs and museum skins, and extensive research of the relevant literature. The comprehensive text is accompanied by twelve exquisite colour plates by Hans Larsson, illustrating a wide range of plumages. In addition, there are eight pages of colour photographs and numerous black and white photographs and drawings that show key identification features. With this book, the seabird enthusiast should at last be able to identify almost every skua encountered, whether on a seawatch or at sea.

Terns of Europe and North America

Author: Hans Larsson,Klaus Malling Olsen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408131684

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 4278

Covering 22 species found in the Western Palearctic and North America, this guide lists each species under the sections of: field identification; moult; description; geographical variation; measurements; and weight. It includes a quick reference section summarising key identification features.

Birds of Japan

Author: Mark Brazil

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472913876

Category: Nature

Page: 416

View: 8261

Japan is home to a spectacular and diverse range of birds, and this up-to-date text covers the identification, voice, habitat, behaviour and range of all the species and subspecies found across the beautiful and fascinating Japanese archipelago. The authoritative text is accompanied by superb full-colour plates painted by an expert artist and covers all major plumage variations. Birds of Japan will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all. - The essential field guide to the region, covering 738 species and subspecies - 187 superb colour plates with detailed identification text and accurate colour distribution maps - Detailed illustrations of distinct subspecies, sexes, ages and morphs

A Field Guide to Birds of the Gambia and Senegal

Author: Clive Barlow,Tim Wacher,Tony Disley

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300115741

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 5889

This comprehensive book is the first field guide to the birds of The Gambia and Senegal, an area of West Africa popular with birders for its many tropical African birds. The guide provides full accounts of over 660 bird species and depicts nearly all of these in 48 beautiful color plates. "A first-rate book that is a fine contribution to bird literature. For the birder who has everything, this makes a great gift.”--Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist "A beautiful, succinct and very useful guide to the region's bird life."--Clay E. Corbin, Quarterly Review of Biology

Birds of Venezuela

Author: David Ascanio,Gustavo Rodriguez,Robin Restall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147292567X

Category: Nature

Page: 592

View: 4971

Covering the sixth largest avifauna in the world, this important new guide is essential for anyone exploring the diverse habitats of this beautiful South American country. Birds of Venezuela - complete with authoritative text and superb colour plates - will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all. This field guide has 248 colour plates illustrating more than 1,400 species, covering racial, sexual and seasonal plumage variations. Accompanying text is placed on facing pages for easy reference providing key information, voice and status of all species and subspecies found in the region, including Venezuela's 45 endemic species. Detailed colour distribution maps are provided for every species.

Offshore Sea Life ID Guide

East Coast

Author: Steve N. G. Howell,Brian L. Sullivan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400874033

Category: Nature

Page: 64

View: 9560

Two-thirds of our planet lies out of sight of land, just offshore beyond the horizon. What wildlife might you see out there? This handy guide, designed for quick use on day trips off the East Coast, helps you put a name to what you find, from whales and dolphins to shearwaters, turtles, and even flying fish. Carefully crafted color plates show species as they typically appear at sea, and expert text highlights identification features. Essential for anyone heading out on a whale-watching or birding trip, this guidebook provides a handy gateway to the wonders of the ocean. Over 100 color photos and composite plates Includes whales, dolphins, birds, sharks, turtles, flying fish, and more Accessible and informative text reveals what to look for Great for beginners and experts alike

Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America

Author: Krister Mild,Per Alstrom

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408135698

Category: Science

Page: 496

View: 6318

Wagtails are noted for their bold plumage patterns and extensive racial variation. Pipits are a large and difficult group which invariably causes vexation to birders on both sides of the Atlantic. This guide covers the 26 species of northern hemisphere pipits and wagtails in detail. It treats identification in the field and in the hand, and includes colour plates, detailed distribution maps and sonograms of songs and calls.

Birds of Seychelles

Author: Adrian Skerrett,Tony Disley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 140818124X

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 2480

Birds of Seychelles – the definitive field guide to these jewels of the Indian Ocean – just got even better. This enhanced fixed-format version of the book – featuring songs and calls – is set to change birding, forever. Optimised for iPad, it features the book in crisp, clear high-resolution. Superb, fully zoomable colour plates of the highest detail lie opposite comprehensive identification text and accurate range maps. In addition, this e-book features songs, calls and other sounds from 250 species, representing coverage of more than 95% of species that occur on the islands, placed conveniently next to the accompanying species text. This epic collection of images and sounds represents a step change in the way birders operate. No more carrying heavy books into the field; no more trying to remember sounds days or weeks after the event, while all other methods for taking sounds into the field are consigned to the dustbin. This e-book provides a complete field-based ID solution – no birder will want to be without it.

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands

Author: Tony Clarke

Publisher: A & C Black

ISBN: 9780713660234

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 1999

This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively withthe birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrantand vagrant species found in Macaronesia which comprises the CanaryIslands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. Over 450 species areillustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likelyto be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status,range, habits and voice. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide tothe visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work toconserve and study the avifauna of this region. The Atlantic Islandsshelter a remarkable diversity of birds, many seriously endangered withsmall and vulnerable ranges.

Gulls of the World

A Photographic Guide

Author: Klaus Malling Olsen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691180598

Category: Nature

Page: 488

View: 9869

A comprehensive photographic guide to the world’s gull species With more than 50 gull species in the world, this family of seabirds poses some of the greatest field identification challenges of any bird group: age-related plumage changes, extensive variations within species, frequent hybridization, and complex distribution. Gulls of the World takes on these challenges and is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at these birds. Concise text emphasizes field identification, with in-depth discussion of variations as well as coverage of habitat, status, and distribution. Abundant photographs highlight identification criteria and, crucially, factor in age and subspecific field separation. Informative species accounts are accompanied by detailed color range maps. Gulls of the World is the most authoritative photographic guide to this remarkable bird family. The first book to provide in-depth coverage of all the world's gull species More than 600 stunning color photographs Concise text looks at variations, habitat, status, and distribution Informative species accounts and color range maps

The Birds of Panama

A Field Guide

Author: George Richard Angehr,Robert Dean

Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates

ISBN: 9780801476747

Category: Nature

Page: 456

View: 2001

"This ambitious new guide is surely the most user-friendly neotropical bird guide to date. With excellent illustrations of every species (including migrants from the north), up-to-date range maps alongside the illustrations, and clear and concise text, it should be a very welcome addition to any traveler's library."---David Sibley, Sibley Guides "Panama at last has a handy field guide that is tightly focused on identification of its birds. Excellent distribution maps and the concise texts of George R. Angehr, along with Robert Dean's precise artwork on facing pages, enable birders and conservation biologists alike to confidently identify the many and diverse species in Panama's fabulous avifauna."---Bret Whitney, Field Guides Incorporated "A much-needed guide to one of the richest and most interesting avifauna in the New World. I can't wait to get back to Panama with it in my pack."---Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Birder's Handbook.

Birds of Central Asia

Author: Raffael Ayé,Manuel Schweizer,Tobias Roth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408142716

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 2897

Birds of Central Asia is the first field guide to include the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, along with neighbouring Afghanistan. This vast area includes a diverse variety of habitats, and the avifauna is similarly broad, from sandgrouse, ground jays and larks on the vast steppe and semi-desert to a broad range of raptors, and from woodland species such as warblers and nuthatches to a suite of montane species, such as snowcocks, accentors and snowfinches.