The Guide comprises a 220 page book and two 1 hour DVDs. 135 photos (about 90% previously unpublished), 41 illustrations by Ian Lewington, 11 large format full color range maps.
About the DVDs:
- 2 DVDs with over 120 minutes of footage
- At-sea footage of all species
- In-hand and at-colony footage of some species
- Follows contents of book allowing cross-referencing
- Enables user to apply knowlege learnt from book
- Excellent preparation for a seawatch or a pelagic trip
- PAL format (multiregional) plays on computers worldwide
- (Canada & USA plays on most modern DVD players)
FROM THE AUTHORS:
We have studied storm-petrel identification (including Bulwer’s Petrel) for many years and this guide is the culmination of all we have learnt. We believe that we have developed a novel approach to storm-petrel identification that we apply to storm-petrels of the North Atlantic. However, the guide offers a framework for identification of storm-petrels of the world.
We endeavoured to produce the most comprehensive guide to storm-petrels and that is why we have chosen a multimedia approach. To do this, we broke traditions of mainstream publishers and thus had no realistic option but to publish the guide ourselves. It is our belief that the guide takes the identification of storm-petrels a step further. But, of course, ultimately, this guide will be judged by others.
"Seabirds, as epitomized by tubenoses, are among the most enigmatic and sought-after of birds, from distant specks when seawatching to close-up encounters on pelagic trips. But even close-up views can be brief, and the ocean isn’t always calm. Knowing what to look for in the critical few seconds that a bird may be in view has long been the trump card held by experienced seabirders - images in books can only go so far towards creating a ‘real-life’ experience. With this new guide, anyone can develop a feel for storm-petrels in life, birds that heretofore have been simply names and pictures in books. How do common species fly in different conditions? How does plumage and shape vary with wear and molt? How does a Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel really fly, and is it that different from a Leach’s? (Yes, it is!) What does a Band-rumped Storm-petrel look like when among a group of Wilson’s Storm-petrels? These are all questions this new video-based multimedia approach helps address, produced by two people who are passionate about tubenoses and have spent much of their time in search of these ocean enigmas." - Steve N. G. Howell (Author and Senior Field Leader, WINGS Birdwatching Tours Worldwide)
"This is a highly authoritative and engaging work that covers all aspects of the identification of the North Atlantic storm-petrels without ever losing sight of their magical allure. Founded on years of dedicated observation at sea and inspired by the passion of its authors, there could hardly be a better means of preparing for a pelagic trip in the North Atlantic than to study this book and revel in the accompanying DVD clips, of the birds as you might hope to see them!" - Killian Mullarney (Artist, author of the Collins Bird Guide)
"A major contribution to storm-petrel identification from Britain's top pelagic birders. The general approach is thorough and helpful, the footage is a pleasure to watch, and the analyses of flight modes and feeding behavior have real scientific value. A great way to prepare yourself for those all important seconds or, if you're lucky, minutes, when something really exciting turns up." - Magnus Robb (Author, Petrels Night and Day)
"The unitizing of recent advanced digital video technology, with Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher's special identification approaches and passion for seabirds, has produced the first video-based approach that I regard as a step-forward in the process of learning about seabird identification at sea, suitable for a wide audience. I strongly encourage Bob and Ashley to complete their project on North Atlantic seabirds, and I highly recommend their upcoming video series. Nevertheless, just as a close up, sharp SLR image with detail of a petrel is irreplaceable documentation, video clips will never replace the experience and joy of viewing the seabirds in real life, in their natural environment - the ocean!" - Hadoram Shirihai (Tubenoses Project & Extreme Gadfly Petrel Expeditions)