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Peterson Reference Guides to Gulls of the Americas (Anglais) Relié – 13 juin 2007

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This ambitious volume covers the 36 species of gulls that occur in North and South America, with detailed information to help you identify these fascinating but challenging birds in their many and varied plumages. With 1,160 carefully chosen color photographs, this new reference guide, written by two of North America's top gull experts, is the definitive new work on gulls of the Americas.

Peterson Reference Guides offer authoritative, comprehensive information, including detailed text, maps, and superior illustrations. Written by expert authors, the guides are an unparalleled resource for understanding specific groups of animals.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Something for every birder. 8 décembre 2013
Par Michael Hearell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a birder who openly admitted that gull ID was his weakest weakness, I needed this reference. This book advanced my field identification skills of gulls 10x in just over a month. Although I feel that the majority of this reference is not for the beginning birder (what beginning birder enjoys staring through hoards of gulls looking for rarities anyways?), it has something for every level of birder. Even my kids, who are not at all birders, enjoy looking through the hundreds of photos. The only thing I would change is to have all the information on of any given species together. Photographs, range maps and written description of each species is in three different areas of the book.
I would, and have, recommended this book to anyone who has asked!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable information but may be hard to digest 7 juillet 2007
Par Weatherbird - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"Gulls of the Americas" is packed with information, but this book isn't much fun. I suspect only hard-core gull watchers will want to use this book.

There is a very useful introductory section, and the authors encourage their readers to study the introduction before moving on to the rest of the book, but I suspect many readers will find their eyes glazing over before they get very far. The main part of the book is divided into a 251 page section of photos and a 192 page section of species accounts. The photos do a good job of illustrating the various plumages of the gulls, but the photos are small, and aren't really a lot of fun to look at. The species accounts are thorough and clearly written but rather dry. The photos and species accounts are separate, and it can be awkward to go back and forth between them. I expect this book will come in handy when I come across gulls that are difficult to identify, but I wish the people who put together the book had made it more user-friendly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The definitive work on our gulls 13 janvier 2014
Par Christopher Rennick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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So much to learn and so little time. This book is comprehensive and clear. It really helps to have the photos to see the subtle differences that make it possible to identify these birds in the field.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must For A Birder's Library 31 mai 2007
Par Brooke A. Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Yesterday I received the brand new, "Gulls of the Americas" by Steve N.G. Howell/Jon Dunn, Peterson Reference Guide. This is quite a book! -- hard cover, definitely not a field guide as it is quite a bit larger and quite heavy, and with lots and lots of color photos inside. There are pages and pages of each bird in each cycle, standing, and flying, both from above and below. There are almost 300 pages of plates, each page having 4-5 pictures per page. For instance, Glaucous-Winged Gull pictures start on page 235 and ends on page 243. There are a total of 41 pictures of this species. Pages 300-500 are the Species Accounts. This includes range maps, identification summaries, and field identification sections. The book's Introduction is 46 pages which includes sections on field identification of gulls, and a lengthy section on topography and appearance.

The front inside flap says the guide "...brings together identification criteria for the 36 species of gulls that occur in the Americas - 22 that breed in North America, 10 that breed in South America, and another 4 that have occurred as visitors from the Old World. The 1,160 photographs were selected to show a representative range of plumages..."

I'm far from knowing much about gull identification, that is why I purchased this book, and so I won't weigh in on how accurate this book is. For everyone who has a birder's library, this should be your next addition. And at $23.10 at amazon.com, it is a steal!

And, maybe by this winter I will have enough time to study this book so I can actually identify some gulls !!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow, what a resource. 21 février 2014
Par Kenny Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Beautifully photographed, with detailed descriptions of what to look for in terms of field marks. Any aspiring guller will want this reference.
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