Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Updates

Since its been a few weeks since my last update, I thought I'd share some new photos.

Rough-legged Hawk


I have a pair of Merlin's setting up nest very close to my backyard, keeping most of the small songbirds very wary from feeding. I'm thinking I won't see much in my yard until this pair have fledged some young and moved on.

Here is the male, taken over a few days, including eating a freshly caught meadow vole.

Horned Lark

Snowshoe Hare

White-tailed Jack Rabbit

Northern Pintail

Song Sparrow

Richardson's Ground Squirrel

Hawks At A Distance

The new book 'Hawks at A Distance' by Jerry Ligouri dropped into my mailbox recently, and I was eager to see if it matched or even surpassed his previous book on raptors entitled Hawks From Every Angle, which I also own and have combed through many times.
This new book exceeds all expectations.
From the excellent, new colour photos , literally depecting raptors in flight from every conceivable angle and as many of us see them in the field, from a good distance away!
Emphasis on field markings and colour variations on birds such as the Red-tailed Hawk are vital when viewing from far away.
The photos show you what to look for, and will make life a lot easier in the field for the novice and even experienced birder.
Raptor identification from a distance can be frustrating and challenging at times, but I'm confident this book will change that for many people.
Even juvenile birds are shown here, a trait that other books do not always follow.
Juveniles of many raptors can be very tricky to nail down an ID, especially as the plumage can be dark, or quite often dull in appearance.
The text in the book is very well written and is easy to grasp and serves to help the reader pick out key points to the accompanying photos.
An excellent field guide all round.