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Shorebirds: An Identification Guide to the Waders of the World Hardcover – 1 Aug 1986

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T) (Aug. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395379032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395379035
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 16.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is 2nd bird book you should buy if watching birds interests you at all. The first would be the inevitable everyday guide to everything avian. This, however, covers ALL the less easy types that fall into the Wader (called Shorebirds in the US) category & it covers them well. Most importantly, & unusually, it really does mean it when it says "of the world"; you'll find all the waders of the world here. Most books using this phrase really mean "a few of the whatevers of the world".

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.
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Excellent this older version of a still published book. Very thorough descriptions and comparisons. A 'must have' book for the serious birdwatcher. Delivered on time in good nick, and great value for money.
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I disliked the fact that the rear cover was in a far worse condition than stated.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor reprint quality ruins a great series 28 Jan. 1999
By PaulinBoston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Make a plate-by-plate comparison of the new Waterfowl or Shorebirds guides with the original hardcover editions and you'll see that the sofcover illustrations look like cheap color photocopies. All of the subtlety and detail that made the originals the best field guides of their kind has been lost. Save your money for the used bookstores.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a truly wonderful book 22 Jun. 1999
By D. James(paulsounderraj@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have purchased this book some five years back in a local book exhibition. Text is accurate especially for one who is interested in bird hunting. But the real feast is the breathtaking illustrstions made by the single artist himself. His painstaking artwork for each species, male&female, juvenile upperwings, lower wings are really fine. Only minus aspect is if the book would have been little bigger the illustrations would have also become bigger.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide for identifying shorebirds 29 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers all of the shorebirds of the world with 1700 full-color paintings. There are lots of general tips on identifying shorebirds, and each bird is covered extensively. When I first picked up the book at an ABA Teen Birder convention in Colorado, a birder near me said "You have to buy that! Look at the Dunlin page!" Well, the Dunlin page is indeed a good example of this guide's excellence! There are 28 paintings on the page covering the different plumages of the bird and how it looks in flight and from different positions. The text on the adjacent page gives brief descriptions of the bird in each of those plumages and a world range map. It also redirects you to the all-text section of the book that has extensive information on identification, voice, habits, moments, description, age/sex, races, and measurements of the bird. I definitely recommend this book to any birder interested in the identification of shorebirds!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a truly wonderful book 22 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have purchased this book some five years back in a local book exhibition. Text is accurate especially for one who is interested in bird hunting. But the real feast is the breathtaking illustrations made by the single artist himself. His painstaking artwork for each species,male&female, juvenile upperwings, lower wings are really fine. Only minus aspect is if the book would have been little bigger the illustrations would have also become bigger.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard in Shorebird Guides 7 Aug. 2011
By Mike "Madbirder" Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1986 when this came out I'm sure a huge sigh of relief was heard by all the birders puzzling over a drab looking "peep" moving along a shoreline. I purchased this book 20 years later after struggling over migrating shorebirds near my home. This was recommended by someone and I've never been unhappy since. I still go back to this book over the other shorebird guides I have. This book covers 214 species of "Shorebirds", though some are not very maritime, from Plovers to Jacanas to Oystercatchers and Seedsnipes, the gamut of shorebirds is covered in great detail with very good plates showing many plumages and flight shots. There are a couple of comparison plates for the tricky "peeps". Species accounts cover identification, voice, habits, movements, description, age/sex, races, measurements and references. Each of the plates is faced with a page with range maps and brief descriptions of each of the species images. There are also nine pages at the end with written comparisons for tricky species like Stilts, Golden Plovers, Sandplovers, snipes, stints and Dowitchers. This is still regarded by many as THE book to go to for shorebirds and I'm sure that will continue to be so for many years to come.
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