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Hawks in Flight: Second Edition

Hawks in Flight: Second Edition

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Among the world's most popular birds, hawks can be some of the most difficult birds to identify. They're most often seen flying high above and at a distance.

In the first edition of Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne, David Sibley, and Clay Sutton presented a holistic method of hawk identification, using general body shape, the way they move, and the places they are most likely to be seen.

The new edition of the book that Roger Tory Peterson called a "landmark" integrates an array of carefully selected photographs, David Sibley's superb illustrations, and a clear, information-packed text and takes raptor identification to a higher level. This edition covers all of the raptors that breed in North America, including those with limited ranges in Florida, the Southwest, and Texas.

Picking up where its predecessor ended by including two decades of raptor identification refinement, Hawks in Flight summarizes and places in users’ hands an identification skill set that used to take years to master. The unique alchemy of Dunne, Sibley, and Sutton—including their collective experience of more than one hundred years watching hawks—make this book a singular achievement and a must-have for anyone interested in hawks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395709597
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 237,585
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Pete Dunne is director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and the author of many books.
Clay Sutton is a freelance writer, naturalist, lecturer, and tour leader.
David Sibley is the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and several other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1 The Flight Identification of Raptors: From the Shotgun to the Sublime 5

2 Buteos That Migrate: The Wind Masters 11

3 Accipiters: The Artful Dodgers 83

4 Falcons: Birds That Measure Distance by the Horizon 113

5 Pointed-winged Kites: The Wind Given Form 155

6 Northern Harrier: The Great Fooler 179

7 Eagles and Vultures: Big Black Birds 191

8 Crested Caracara: A Chimera in Big Black Bird Clothing 225

9 Osprey: The Fish Hawk 233

10 Southwestern Buteos and Kin: At Home Where North Meets South 243

11 Florida Specialties: The Aerialist and the Specialist 281

12 Regional Specialties: Raptors of the Rim 299

13 Other Birds That Soar 323

Bibliography 326

Index 333

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