Petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels are among the most beautiful yet least known of all the world's birds, living their lives at sea far from the sight of most people. Largely coloured in shades of gray, black, and white, these enigmatic and fast-flying seabirds can be hard to differentiate, particularly from a moving boat.
Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivalled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-colour images to help you identify these remarkable birds. This guide features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy.
Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and moult, seasonal occurrence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group.
Auteur Steve N.G. Howell Taal Engels Pagina's 520 Illustratietype Kleurenfoto's