Better birding: tips, tools and concepts for the field.

Better birding: tips, tools and concepts for the field. George L. Armistead, Brian L. Sullivan.
Better birding: tips, tools and concepts for the field.

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

This book reveals the techniques expert birders use to identify a wide array of bird species in the field, quickly and easily. Featuring hundreds of stunning photographs and composite plates throughout, this book simplifies identification by organizing the birds you see into groupings and offering strategies specifically tailored to each group. Skill building focuses not just on traditional elements such as plumage, but also on creating a context around each bird, including habitat, behaviour, and taxonomy, parts so integral to every bird's identity but often glossed over by typical field guides. Critical background information is provided for each group, enabling you to approach bird identification with a wide-angle view, using your eyes, brain, and binoculars more strategically, resulting in a more organized approach to learning birds. Written for a North American audience using North American birds, Better Birding puts the thrill of expert bird identification within your reach.

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