Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

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9780691121079: Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide


Identifying shorebirds can be a challenge--and having a field guide specifically devoted to the species gives any birder an edge. Yet until now, no guide has illustrated or described the complete range of North and Central American shorebirds.


Dennis Paulson's book more than corrects that deficiency. This beautifully illustrated volume represents the first complete guide to North and Central American shorebirds ever published.


Unlike other guide books, which have traditionally relied on paintings to represent shorebirds, this one contains an extensive series of striking photographs--most never published before. More than 530 photos illustrate all shorebird species in their varied plumage, and are accompanied by text that points out the variation within common species.


The book also includes identification tips and ways for distinguishing shorebirds from all similar species, at rest and in flight. Brief descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range are given for each species.



  • First complete guide to North American and Central American shorebirds

  • More than 530 striking photos

  • Identification tips

  • Descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range


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About the Author:

Dennis Paulson is Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History and teaches biology at the University of Puget Sound. He has written or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers and six books, including "A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington, Exotic Birds, Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest, Dragonflies of Washington", and "Alaska; The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide".

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"This is clearly a book intended to be used in the field. Do not leave it on the shelf."--Al Grass, Discovery

"A mouth-watering browse, but also a great reference resource. . . . There have been several photographic guides to waders over the years, but this is not 'just another one'--and do not let the title restrict your thinking; this book is just as useful in Europe and Asia as it is in North America. It works as a field guide (almost pocketable, with a wipe-clean cover), but really it is an expert identification handbook. . . . [I]t should be on every birder's shelf."--Richard Millington, Birding World

"This fine guide covers all of the 94 species of shorebirds that have been documented in North America. The coverage includes familiar species and rarities. For every species, information is provided on size, plumages, identification, voice, behavior, habitat and range. Each species has multiple photographs, all of exceptional quality. This book will be a valuable addition to any birder's library."--Herb Wilson, Kennebec Journal

"With over 530 superb photograths, this book is a great aid for shorebird identification. It rates a prominent place in your bird library and probably should be brought into the filed whenever you have a chance of seeing shorebirds."--Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes

"The present work is an excellent guide to some 94 shorebirds that occur in North America. . . . The book is definitely a good one and one that should be in every field devotee's backpack."--Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"This is an excellent, well executed publication and easily meets the high standards set by Dr. Paulson's previous books. For those of you that are up to the challenges of mastering shorebird identification, this is a definite, must-have addition to your library."--Andy Stewart, British Columbia Birds

"The core of Paulson's guide is the excellent photographs illustrating the birds in most of their plumages, and the excellent text. Paulson takes the more traditional approach of identifying birds primarily by field marks, size and plumage."--Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine blog

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