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Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere

Field / Identification GuideOut of Print

Series: Helm Photographic Guide Series

By: Richard B Chandler(Author)

448 pages, 700 colour photos, 150 maps

Christopher Helm

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Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia

This is the American version of Christopher Helm's Shorebirds of the...

NHBS Price: £26.99 $35/€31 approx
Paperback | Apr 2009 | #174969 | ISBN-13: 9781408107904
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About this book

Waders are a very popular group among birders of all standards, though their identification is often a challenge. Covering all the species of the northern hemisphere, this new photographic guide provides all the information a birder will need at a glance. Superbly illustrated with colour photography by the author, Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere focuses on specific and subspecific separation and on ageing to provide a complete identification resource.

All the shorebird species that breed in the northern hemisphere or that occur there as non-breeding birds, including vagrants, are included in Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere. For the purposes of Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere, the northern hemisphere encompasses the Cape Verde archipelago and most of the Caribbean islands. In all, 135 species are included.

In addition to the species accounts, there are chapters on plumages and moults, and on behaviour.

Please note: for the American market this title has been published by Princeton University Press under the title Shorebirds of North America, Europe, and Asia: A Photographic Guide (ISBN 9780691142814)

"It is a splendid addition to any wader watcher's library [...] Fans of tertials and split supercilia will love this technical book [...] An excellent reference guide"
- Birdwatching (June 09)

"An important new source for shorebird identification."
- Scottish Birds (2009)

" [...] a useful collection of shorebird photographs from one of the world's finest bird photographers [...] many will find it a valuable purchase."
- Sandgrouse (2009)

"This is a very attractive publication at a very reasonable price, and I highly recommend it to all wader enthusiasts."
- Seabird (2009)

"[...] There’s no question this guide is useful for sorting out shorebirds. No, the real question is how it stacks up to other shorebird guides. [...]  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for this guide on your shelf. You really can’t have too many shorebird references. This is an ideal second guide for North American birders since it contains so many potential vagrants from Europe and Asia. And this is almost a must-have for European and Asian birders."
- Grant McCreary (07-10-2009), read the full review at The Birder's Library

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Richard Chandler is a renowned wader specialist and photographer. Formerly a professor at Imperial College, London, Chandler has been a member of British Birds' editorial board for more than 20 years. His previous books include North Atlantic Shorebirds (Macmillan).

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