A state-of-the-art photographic field guide to the world's oceanic birds
Oceanic birds are among the most remarkable but least known of all birds, living at sea, far from the sight of most people. They offer unusual identification challenges - many species look similar and it can be difficult to get good views of fast-flying birds from a moving boat. The first field guide to the world's oceanic birds in more than two decades, this exciting and authoritative book draws on decades of firsthand experience on the open seas. It features clear text filled with original insights and new information and more than 2,200 carefully chosen color images that bring the ocean and its remarkable winged inhabitants to life. Never before have oceanic birds been presented in such an accessible and comprehensive way.
The introduction discusses the many recent developments in seabird taxonomy, which are incorporated into the species accounts, and these accounts are arranged into groups that aid field identification. Each group and species complex has an introductory overview of its identification challenges, illustrated with clear comparative photos. The text describes flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, migration routes, and many other features.
The result is an indispensable guide for exploring birding's last great frontier.
A comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to oceanic birds; Covers more than 270 species; Includes more than 2,200 color photos with concise captions noting key features; Features careful species comparisons, overviews of the latest taxonomy, tips on how to observe and ID birds at sea, and much more; 368 color plates, 114 maps.
About the Authors: Steve N. G. Howell is an international bird tour leader with WINGS and is widely recognized as one of the world's leading birders and an authority on oceanic birds. His many books include Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide and The Amazing World of Flyingfish (both Princeton). Kirk Zufelt is a physician with a lifelong passion for birds and natural history. A widely published photographer, he has spent more than a year at sea over the past decade studying and photographing the world's seabirds at some of the remotest locations on the planet.
'This breathtaking book is a tour de force for the reader seeking to identify some of the most difficult, contentious, and fascinating taxa in the entire world of birds.' -Edward S. Brinkley, author of National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America
'Steve Howell and Kirk Zufelt are among the keenest and most knowledgeable seabirders. In this excellent book, they pull together what is known about seabirds in a single text. The result is more than just a field guide; it provides the foundation for an appreciation of where we are in understanding seabird taxonomy, distribution and range, and identification.' -Robert Flood, Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town
'A pleasure to read, with a casual but technically accurate style, the book covers the latest identification issues, presents an up-to-date taxonomy, and features a definitive collection of photos.' -Jeff Davies, art editor and contributing artist to The Australian Bird Guide