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Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - North America, Worldtwitch
"This astoundingly detailed guide makes it possible to recognize age classes, molting patterns, subspecies and sexes of most birds of prey. Visual aids make these soaring creatures identifiable even to the birder-challenged. The guide would be considered a bit excessive except that the hundreds of stunningly crisp photos document these species like no other guide (there are 82 photos solely of red-tailed hawks!)"--David Lukas, Los Angeles Times
"These two books are major contributions to the literature of North American vultures and Falconiform raptors. . . . [B]oth Wheeler books should be owned by every hawk watcher and raptor biologist."--Donald S. Heintzelman, International Hawkwatcher
"[These are] publications that go beyond the coverage of other field guides. . . . [A]n important addition to your library."--Deb Dowdell, New Jersey Audubon
"This book is both a tour de force and a labor of love, and the immediate new standard for diurnal raptors in western North America."--C. Stuart Houston, The Canadian Field Naturalist
"The new Wheeler guides are, by far, the best guides for field identification and general reference for North American raptors that I have seen. The photos are both plentiful and stunning. . . . The new Wheeler guides, like the birds they elucidate and display, are gems for us all. They are well worth having."--Donald Sweig, Audubon Naturalist News
"I highly recommend these two superb references for the serious hawkwatcher."--Ron Pittaway, Ontario Birds
"These books will be purchased (and devoured) by folks with a passion for raptors. . . . Beautifully produced and well researched references that will aid beginning and expert raptor enthusiasts alike."--Julie A. Heath, Journal of Field Orthinology
"Brian Wheeler's background as a raptor artist and photographer combined with his extensive field experience provide the foundation for an excellent book. The detailed plumage descriptions of each species and sub-species, 630 newly published raptor images plus extensive range maps and migration data will appeal to the general birding community and ensure this guide becomes the reference book of raptor enthusiasts."--Ned Harris
"A highly significant contribution to the field. Wheeler has accomplished what no other guide has done for any group of birds"--Clay Sutton