New Helm field guide that offers a complete identification reference to all of the sandpipers, plovers, stints and other waders found in Europe, Asia and North America. Plates (by Stephen Message, a much admired artist) show birds at rest and in flight, in every plumage variant likely to be encountered in the region. Species have been grouped, especially on the flight plates, so that similar species are shown close to each other. Facing text summarises key identification pointers to complete a quick-reference, field-friendly guide to this difficult and challenging group.
Don Taylor is a lifelong birder with a particular interest in waders. His previous books include Birding in Kent (Helm). Stephen Message is an acclaimed bird artist whose work appears in many books and articles.
" [...] a definitive guide to the 124 species of the northern hemisphere waders"
– Birdy World (April 2006)
" [...] an excellent resource [...] "
– Birdwatch (May 2006)
" [...] the most significant book about waders to come out for some time [...] this book is a real advance for wader fans everywhere."
– Birdtours.co.uk (29th August 2006)
" [...] it is an excellent reference publication, and those with a particular interest in shorebirds will certainly want to consider it."
– Scottish Bird News (September 2006)
" [...] this is a useful addition to wader identification guides and, unlike many 'field' guides, is small and light enough to carry easily in a field bag."
– The British Ornithologists' Union (2006)