New Arrival: North American Ducks, Geese & Swans: An Identification Guide

A book review of North American Ducks, Geese & Swans: An Identification Guide by Frank S. Todd

by JAMIE HALE • September 26, 2018

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North American Ducks, Geese & Swans: An Identification Guide

North American Ducks, Geese & Swans: An Identification Guide

Hancock House Publishers is pleased to announce the release of 'Ducks, Geese & Swans of North America: identification guide' by the late Frank S. Todd. This book is the result of renowned zoologist Mr. Todd's life work photographing waterfowl around the world, in an attempt to obtain images of every sex, age and plumage type feasible prior to his passing in December 2016.

This book is a richly detailed photographic guide to the Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America, including the Hawaiian Islands, Greenland, Mexico and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific Ocean. The photographs, mostly by the author, were selected to highlight plumage phases, age classes and variation and behavioral postures. Brief text describes the different categories of waterfowl and brief bullet points highlight important identification features. Range maps and population estimates are noted in the text and some details of morphology are also provided in an Appendix.

Our Opinion:

In 1979, Sea World Press published Frank Todd’s Waterfowl: Ducks, Geese and Swans of the World. This substantial tome was the most complete photographic presentation of the waterfowl of the world at that time, with 788 color photographs showing virtually every species and subspecies of ducks, geese, and swans in the world. Over the ensuing years, he continued to travel and photograph waterfowl male and female, from downy young to adults, on the water and in flight. North American Ducks, Geese & Swans: Identification Guide, published posthumously through the efforts of his friends, Brent S. Stewart, John Bass, & Pamela K. Yochem, is the culmination of Todd’s lifelong effort to photograph and conserve waterfowl.

This identification guide devotes two or more full pages to each species with color photographs of 20 or more individuals. A color range map of North American species shows seasonal range from Alaska to Panama. Range maps are also provided for accidentals and vagrants from other parts of the world. Text is limited to providing length, wingspan, and weight plus a brief description of each species. The color photos are of high quality and because of the digital format can be optimally arranged on the page. A short introduction is provided for each group of waterfowl.
This is a field guide with the essential images to correctly identify every species of waterfowl one is likely to encounter in North America. And, it isn’t so bulky to preclude carrying in the field.

    Reviewed by Allen Hale of Buteo Book

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