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"This book has incredible information and lots of maps, and although the title suggests it is a guide for North America, trust me, it is so comprehensive, it can be used anywhere in the world!"---Karen Roy, KaHolly blog,
"I can honestly say this book has not only changed my mind about photographic guides, I believe it sets a benchmark and standard that other titles and authors should follow. This is an outstanding work and should sit on the bookshelf of every keen sea-watcher."---Hugh Harrop, Seabird
"Short Version: If you bird on or near the ocean, buy this book and read it. Slightly Longer Version: Steve Howell's guide to petrels (including shearwaters), albatrosses, and storm-petrels is a must-have resource for anyone who aspires to identify birds on the open ocean."---Jake Rackstraw blog,
"A must-have for birders with a strong interest in pelagic birding and desirable for birders living near the coast, as some tubenose species may be seen from land on occasion."---John Beetham, A DC Birding Blog
"This superb, hefty tome brings us mentally close to some of the most obscure and alluring big birds on earth. . . . If you are prone to pelagic birding, get this book. If you want to see seabirds without the sea-toss, then this is a good, solid read."---Harry Fuller, A Towhee blog
"[T]he guide provides a wealth of useful information, much based on the author's own extensive at-sea experience, and should be in the library--or checked luggage--of every seabird enthusiast."---Angus Wilson, Birdwatch
"Will likely become a classic for ornithologists and birdwatchers interested in the most nomadic of all birds, the seabirds. It is packed with information. . . . If you have a boat and wondered about the birds that glide past off the stern or you are a seabird biologist or a serious pelagic birder in North America, then this is a book you should purchase."---Rob Butler, Vancouver Sun
"Howell has done a tremendous job throughout this book in evoking a sense of ocean exploration and discovery through seabirds and I think that he succeeds admirably in his goal of synthesizing the present knowledge of tubenose identification."---John Carlson, Prairie Ice blog,
"If the sea and its specialized birds draw you to them, you'll love the treasure trove of seabird identification tips and extensive taxonomy treatments found in this scholarly, and weighty, volume. If you want to know the status, distribution, and identification of all the Procellariiformes from Panama to the Arctic, including all vagrants, then this highly anticipated book won't disappoint. If you are interested in the latest Taxonomy then this book is for you. If you are planning your next pelagic trip to the Gulf Stream in order to search for Cape Verde or Desertas Petrels or taking a cruise off western Mexico in the hopes of spotting Ainley's or Townsend's Storm-Petrels then this is a 'must-have' book."---Greg Gillson, Pacific NW Birder blog, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"No other text on the tubenoses begins to offer the material contained in Howell's latest book. The reader has a palpable sense, when reading it, that the author not only knows his subject and audience but also genuinely loves the ocean and its inhabitants--and relishes teaching people about them."--Edward S. Brinkley, author of National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America
"This is a well-written and scholarly book that will be widely used as a primary reference by a growing cadre of at-sea birders and ornithologists. Text, photos, and photo captions are excellent, at times entertaining, and very informative."--Peter Pyle, author of Identification Guide to North American Birds--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File Size : 30286 KB
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- Print Length : 507 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Princeton University Press (Jan. 24 2012)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0691142114
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B006YGE3Z2
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Covering large and small shearwaters,gadfly & storm petrels with a few vagrants, this book will not only guide you how to identify them, but how to observe them too, though the emphasis is on pelagics. So I'm not going to see most of these in the UK, but I urge any British birder who has any interest in this group of seabirds to buy this: it will be the perfect companion to the Ashley & Flood volumes
I already owned the hardcover version of PASNA when I bought the kindle version for my iPad. The book is excellent. It uses photos, rather than painted illustrations. Photos can be problematical since they show an instantaneous view of a single bird while a bird can look different depending on its age, molt, the lighting conditions, etc. PASNA largely overcomes this problem by using multiple photos. The photos are used to compare the appearance of a particular species under different lighting conditions and to compare different species so the differences can be shown.
One problem with the hardcover book is that it is rather big, heavy and expensive to use on a boat (which, after all, is the best place to observe the seabirds which are the subject of this book). I was happy to see a Kindle version of the book was available. My iPad is smaller and lighter than the hardcover version of PASNA itself and I can view other books on the same iPad without it becoming any bigger and heavier. All that wouldn't be much help if the Kindle version of the book wasn't any good. Fortunately, the Kindle version works very nicely on the iPad. If you want to look up a particular species, just go to the TABLE OF CONTENTS, touch 'List of Species Covered'. then touch the name of the species of interest. The photos and range maps are embedded within the species accounts. This works out much better for an electronic book than the arrangement where the species accounts, the illustrations and the range maps are grouped separately. Since this book is quite recent, perhaps the author and publisher planned from the beginning how to make the book work in an electronic version.
The resolution of the photos is adequate, but iPad users may be spoiled by the superb views of higher resolution photos they are used to on the wonderfully sharp iPad display. it is easy to magnify the PASNA photos on iPad by double-tapping on them. When the photos are magnified, they look a bit blurry. I have had access to some of the original photos used in PASNA, and it is a bit disappointing to see the same photos as they appear in the Kindle version on iPad. Still, the photos are sharp enough for their intended use.
I highly recommend either the paper or electronic versions of this book. The Kindle version is by far the best electronic version of a field guide for birds that I have ever used.
In depth review of important field marks for each species and a very comprehensive overview of pelagic birding challenges,pitfalls etc. Highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to increase their pelagic birding skills.