Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding: Understanding what You See and Hear

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Nature - 448 pages
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Expert Kenn Kaufman helps active birders improve their skills
Birders can memorize hundreds of details and still not be able to identify birds if they don't really understand what's in front of them.
Today birders have access to almost too much information, and their attempts to identify birds can be drowned out by excess detail. The all-new "Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding" takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice.
Anyone with a keen interest in identifying birds will find that this book makes the learning process more effective and more enjoyable, and that truly understanding what we see and hear can make birding more fun.

One of the world's best-known bird experts, Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. He has also written "Lives of North American Birds" and two birding memoirs, "Flights Against the Sunset" and the classic "Kingbird Highway." A frequent contributor to birding magazines such as "Birder's World, Bird Watcher's Digest, " and "WildBird, " Kenn is also a field editor for "Audubon." He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

  

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Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding: Understanding What You See and Hear

User Review  - Henry T. Armistead - Book Verdict

Expert text and hundreds of drawings and color photographs show how to identify and appreciate 24 challenging bird groups, preceded by 140 pages of conceptual discourse on methods and techniques of identification. The attractive presentation features many breaks in the text. Excellent. Read full review

Review: Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding: Understanding What You See and Hear (Kaufman Field Guides)

User Review  - Malia - Goodreads

This guide tells how you can tell the differences, markings of species. (If you can) Theres smaller pictures but more text. Which sometimes I would rather have. Read full review

Contents

1 An Integrated Approach to Field Identification of Birds
6
2 Principles and Pitfalls of Field Identification
18
Terminology and Bird Topography
44
Understanding What You See
74
Understanding and Using Them in Identification
92
6 Identification Beyond the Species Level
106
7 Techniques and Resources for Learning Bird Identification
130
8 Learning to Identify Waterfowl
141
19 The Mediumsized Terns
285
20 The Jaegers
300
21 Learning to Identify Owls
316
22 Learning to Identify Hummingbirds
318
23 The Challenging Small Hummingbirds
330
24 Learning to Identify Woodpeckers
342
26 The Empidonax Flycatchers
347
27 Learning to Identify Swallows
388

9 The Scaup
160
10 The Winter Loons
168
11 Learning to Identify Seabirds
182
12 Learning to Identify Herons and Egrets
186
13 Learning to Identify the Diurnal Raptors
188
14 The Accipiters
198
15 Learning to Identify Shorebirds
210
16 The Small Calidris Sandpipers
226
17 Learning to Identify Gulls
242
18 Learning to Identify Terns
272
28 Learning to Identify Warblers
390
29 The Blackpoll Trio
412
30 Learning to Identify Sparrows
419
31 The Spizella Sparrows
434
Photo Credits
441
Index
442
Advanced Birding and Conservation
448
Back Cover
449
Spine
450
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About the author (2011)

Kenn Kaufman is a legend among birders. At sixteen he hitchhiked back & forth across North America, traveling eighty thousand miles in a year, simply to see as many birds as he could; he came back to tell the story in "Kingbird Highway." A field editor for "Audubon" & a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His books include "Lives of North American Birds" & the "Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding." He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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