Christopher Helm 2005. 373 pages, paperback, 534 colour photographs.
More than 530 photographs illustrate all North American shorebird species in their varied plumage states and all species are accompanied by text that points out conspecific variation. There are also includes identification tips and ways for distinguishing shorebirds from all similar species, at rest and in flight. Brief descriptions of voice, behaviour, habitat, and range are given for each species. This is an excellent book for the serious wader enthusiast.
Identifying shorebirds can be a challenge and having a field guide specifically devoted to the species gives any birder an edge. Yet until now, no guide has illustrated or described the complete range of North and Central American shorebirds.
Dennis Paulson’s book more than corrects that deficiency. This beautifully illustrated volume represents the first complete guide to North and Central American shorebirds ever published.
Unlike other guide books, which have traditionally relied on paintings to represent shorebirds, this one contains an extensive series of striking photographs–most never published before. More than 530 photos illustrate all shorebird species in their varied plumage, and are accompanied by text that points out the variation within common species.
The book also includes identification tips and ways for distinguishing shorebirds from all similar species, at rest and in flight. Brief descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range are given for each species.
First complete guide to North American and Central American shorebirds
More than 530 striking photos
Descriptions of voice, behavior, habitat, and range
Dennis Paulson is Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History and teaches biology at the University of Puget Sound. He has written or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers and six books, including A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington, Exotic Birds, Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest, Dragonflies of Washington, and Alaska; The Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide.