The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

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Richard Crossley
Princeton University Press
1st (2011)

This stunningly illustrated book revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification.

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This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify the birds of eastern North America.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes - 640 in all - are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views - near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviours, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behaviour, probability, and colour. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually - in a single image - and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

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