Shorebirds: An Identification Guide to the Waders of the World Hardcover – 1 Aug 1986
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If waders, or shorebirds, are fairly new to you, buy this book & you'll need no other. If you're a birder to the core, you NEED an accurate book on these species & this is it. The authors, John Marchant & Tony Prater, are both biologists & professional conservationists who have been involved in ornithological work, not to mention birdwatching, since infancy. They know their birds & their knowledge is set down here, along with equally accurate & descriptive paintings by Peter Hayman.
Waders are a traditionally confusing group, with plumages varying with age, sex & season - & mostly fairly dull speckledy plumages at that. This book will allow you to identify them accurately. These are the birds you see on mudflats, shingle & shores, moors & mountains, in estuaries, on lagoons, wetlands, woods, grasslands, heaths & hills - they occur only in the nicest places.
Gone is the time when to-day's senior UK birders had to hunch, on the edge of an inhospitable estuary, over a surreptitious copy of the BTO Holarctic Wader Guide (also by Prater & Marchant), in order to check off the requisite parts of a 1st for Britain. Now they have to conceal this larger, but far more detailed, comprehensive & illustrated, field guide to Shorebirds.