American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America Western Region Paperback
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I have always preferred actual photographs over drawings as you get a true depiction, but in other guidebooks that have photographs, they usually only offer one photograph per bird and it's usually a side shot, perched on a tree.
Then there is the guide books that have drawings in them. I've never liked these, as they don't show you how the bird really looks. However, these guides usually offer different shots of each bird (i.e. in flight, perched on the tree, etc).
This book is the best of both worlds! It has has 3-4 photographs of each bird, giving you a true look at what each bird actually looks like and showing you different angles (i.e. in flight, perched on a tree, etc). The photographs are amazing in this book! The shots are beautiful, clear and the colors stand out nicely (yet realistically...photos do not appear to be altered).
I'm a geologist but I love biology and ecology also. I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. I love to camp and hike. And I finally have the perfect bird field guide!
I have also given the book as a gift and the friends who got are very, very appreciative - it makes, not only a great coffee table book, but a learning experience as well. Love it!