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Innovative Cape May birder and photographer Richard Crossley captures every detail of North America's diurnal raptors with gorgeous double-page vistas and multiple plates for each species. Raptor experts Brian Sullivan and Jerry Liguori contribute extensive, authoritative species accounts to round out the most beautiful and complete raptor book available.

In spring 2011, we published The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds and introduced a new way to not only look at birds, but to truly see them. The highly visual approach innovated by Richard Crossley emphasizes shape, size, and habitat through carefully designed scenes in which multiple birds of different sexes, ages, and plumages interact with realistic habitats. Richardís goal was to create imagery that replicates what we see in life so, in the words of one bird blogger, you create moments of recognition in the field, not challenges for identification. The Crossley ID Guides are based on the simple idea that we can best learn bird identification the same way we learn everything else--through repetition and familiarity, quiz and memory.

THE CROSSLEY ID GUIDE: RAPTORS (publication date: April 24, 2013) takes this innovative style to the next level by focusing on a single group of birds--day-flying raptors of North America. The book includes multiple plates for each species, many of them gorgeous double-page spreads, and extensive species accounts written by the raptor dream team of Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan. Readers will delight to test their identification skills with the mystery quiz plates scattered throughout the book and numerous plates illustrate the challenges posed by unusual lighting situations (dusk, dawn, backlight), positioning (from above and from below), and comparison species.

The raptors included here are magnificent, charismatic birds like the Red-tailed Hawk, the Bald Eagle, the Mississippi Kite, the Osprey, and the Turkey Vulture. With hawk migration well underway this spring, hawks can be found everywhere from rural landscapes to urban streetscapes and are a wonderful group of birds to discover and identify.

This magnificent book will find a spot in the backpack of every raptor and birding aficionado in North America and beyond, but it will be equally important to gardeners, nature-lovers, conservationists, adventure-seekers, and everyone else who is curious about the creatures with which we share this planet.

About the 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.

The Crossley ID Guide
Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori & Brian Sullivan

Paper Flexibound | 2013 | $29.95 / £19.95
304 pp. | 7-1/2 x 10 | 101 color plates. 34 color maps.

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  • Europe, Africa, & Middle East Contact: Caroline Priday

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