A copy of this book has been on my table or awhile, and because it is a guide different to any other, I keep delving into it.
Crossley has taken digital birding photography and the concept of ID guides to a whole new level. Here you get the specie in its own habitat. But not just from one viewpoint. Here we see several birds showing the reader its front, rear, side view, and in flight, or preening underneath its wing, revealing the underside.
Added into the mix, we also have adult, juvenile or 1st winter, (depending on the changes after moulting.
In short, I am dying for Richard, who is English after all, to come back across the pond, and create a British/Irish version of his American book. Or two books on East and West European ID guides.
Mind you, this is not a field guide. But if you are planning a ,North-East, American birding trip, you definitely need to bring one of these to check your sightings with the many specie samples in the photos.
I'm definitely sold on Crossley's book, and I'll be looking forward to other bird ID books, by this photographer. , I feel that this will be the way forward to new and exiting bird ID guides.
The website Crossley's Birds states that he has two more books coming soon:
The Crossley ID Guide: Great Britain
The Cossley ID Guide: Western Birds.
I know which one I'll be looking forward to!
This website also features interactive pages of the book.
The Crossley's ID Guide, Eastern Birds, is available at Princeton Universiity Press,
554 pages, with 10.000 colour photos. At $ 35.00 or £ 24.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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