Book Title: Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding; Understanding What You See and Hear Author: Kenn Kaufman Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imprint: Kaufman Field Guides Format: Vinyl bound paperback Sale price $10.00 Regular price $21.00 Quantity. These two approaches might be compared to two methods of learningto read. Learning to Identify Swallows 38828. Members save with free shipping everyday! Excellent. Therefore, this book’s focus on detail is not meant to deny the importanceof impressions; it merely acknowledges that details can belearned from a book while impressions must be learned through actualexperience. Popular at one time was the “look-say” method, in whichchildren were taught to recognize the appearance of whole words, withless attention to individual letters. Inthe late 1980s, a serious birder’s reference library on ID would have includedGulls: A Guide to Identification by P. J. Simply updating that booknow without changing its focus would hardly serve a useful purpose,because virtually all birders have access to vastly more information todaythan they did in 1990. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. The Small Calidris Sandpipers 22617. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. In the two decades since the first edition of Advanced Birding was published, theamount of information available has increased by staggering amounts. KFG is a proud sponsor of The Biggest Week In American Birding . The most user-friendly butterfly guide ever published, still handy and compact. Kaufman’s evident fascination with and love for birds adds a special dash of delight and sets this book apart. The Blackpoll Trio 41230. This kind of detailedstudy opens up many avenues for identifying the age and sex andsubspecies of a bird, not just its species, in ways that simply would notbe possible in birding by general impression. Learning to Identify Waterfowl 1419. $21.00. ... A field guide to advanced birding by Kenn Kaufman. Kaufman’s signature format of digitally enhanced photographs is now updated, with dozens of nomenclature changes; the addition of new species; and updated range maps. which was published in the Peterson Field Guide series in 1990. British humorist BillOddie once pointed out that a detailed description of a Sky Lark couldbe passed off as a detailed description of a Pectoral Sandpiper, so longas it didn’t say too much about the bird’s size or shape! In these cases, factors ofplace, season, habitat, and probability are added to clues provided byshape and actions to create an identification that seems almost intuitivebut in fact is based on real evidence. As times change, reference books and field guides must change also.The first edition of Advanced Birding included detailed chapters onidentification of 34 species pairs or groups, providing information thatwas not readily available to most birders. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups … Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 9781328566768 Category: Nature Page: 256 View: 661 Read Now » A close look at one … We see a word like “incredible” and we don’t have tosound out the letters or stop to think whether the “c” is hard or soft; theword registers in a flash and we’re on to the next word. Only when we see an odd individual orunfamiliar species, or see a bird under misleading conditions, or wantto determine more than just the species involved, might we go back tothe careful analysis of fine details. The Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America includes the official names of birds and range maps. 4.8 out of 5 stars 315. One involves what is often called“giss” (for “general impressions of size and shape”), or “birding by impression.”The other involves a careful study of fine details, down to thepattern of individual feathers (this may be referred to, sometimes witha hint of sarcasm, as the “feather-edges” approach). Over 500 color photos, diagrams and illustrations. Nov 18, 2016 - Book Review of Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding, by Kenn Kaufman. Under that system, everything was reducedto simple on-off characters: the bird has wing bars or doesn’t, ithas streaks below or doesn’t, and so on. Additional information helps beginning birdwatchers get started, all in the same compact format that allows for fast identification in the field. Read 25 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Publication date 1990 Topics Birds -- North America -- Identification, Bird watching -- North America -- Guidebooks Publisher Houghton Mifflin AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TOFIELD IDENTIFICATION OF BIRDS. can improve your skills and make your time in the field more rewarding. External factors such as lighting can alsochange the way a bird looks, and weather can have a major impact —for example, birds fly differently and even perch in different posturesin strong winds. Bothof these other approaches, impressions and feather-edges, have theirdrawbacks and their strengths, and a serious birder will work on developingboth. How Birds Are Built: Terminology and Bird Topography 444. Birders are almost threatened with "too much information." Learning to Identify Tyrant Flycatchers 34426. In actual practicethis kind of thing doesn’t happen too often, but there have been anumber of cases in which birders got rather far along in identifying anodd bird to age or subspecies even though they had the species (or eventhe family) wrong. At theother extreme, the phonics method focused on the sounds of individualletters (as confusing as those may be in written English), teachingchildren to sound out letters, syllables, and words. Likewise,if we know a bird well, we may recognize it at a great distance byalmost subliminal hints of its shape and actions. This has allowed birders to rediscover some ofthe same technical details that were familiar to museum ornithologistsa century ago and to employ in the field some of the same fine pointsthat are used by banders examining birds in the hand. This new volume takes the accumulated lessons of those workshops and makes them available in book form. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. This book discussed the identification of difficult groups of birds like winter loons, scaup, medium-sized terns, hummingbirds and Empidonax flycatchers. The good folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt were kind enough to send me a review copy a few weeks ago. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice. The next distant hawk seems tohave faster wingbeats, so he calls it a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Click or Press Enter to view the items in your shopping bag or Press Tab to interact with the Shopping bag tooltip. It's not simply a matter of memorizing more and more field marks. Not only will you love this book, you'll learn from it." In other words, it’s notabout memorizing field marks, it’s about truly understanding whatyou see and hear. Get this from a library! Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice. The Medium-sized Terns 28520. Critically acclaimed for its innovative design, the Kaufman guide introduced a new generation to birding. Learning to Identify Warblers 39029. BSBO is the host the Biggest Week In American Birding. Kaufman has now created a second edition of Advanced Birding, which is actually a complete rewriting rather than a minor revision.The new edition is about 60% longer than its predecessor (435 vs. 273 pages of written text). Suppose an eager new birder seesa distant hawk flying, decides that its wingbeats look only moderate inspeed, and calls it a Cooper’s Hawk. Advanced Search. 32 – 40 under Common Pitfalls of Field Identification,individual birds can be aberrant in small ways that utterly changetheir superficial appearance. Last 60 days. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. ©1997-2020 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. 122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, Birders can memorize hundreds of details and still not be able to identify birds if they don’t really understand what’s in front of them.Today birders have access to almost too much information, and their attempts to identify birds can be drowned out by excess detail. Behavior and Voice: Understanding and Using Themin Identification 926. The Scaup 16010. The Spizella Sparrows 434. With the publication of the Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding, we can all be assured that our teacher is ready at hand whenever we are. Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding (Kaufman Field Guides) Kenn Kaufman. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) is located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, OH. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. Learning to Identify Hummingbirds 31823. Similarly, our first identification of a bird may involve careful considerationof details, but once we know it well we may name it at aglance by impressions alone. Grant, Shorebirds: An IdentificationGuide by Peter Hayman et al., and a handful of detailed articles fromBritish and American birding magazines. The attractive presentation features many breaks in the text. Book Review: Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding (Transcript of For the Birds for July 28, 2011 Imagine being able to go out on hundreds of birding excursions with one of the finest authorities on bird identification in the world. Guía de campo Kaufman a las aves de Norteamérica, Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Kenn Kaufman, "Yes, it entails some dedicated reading, instead of just trying to match up pictures - but any birder who invests time reading, is going to reap enormous benefits in the field.". The best timeto study it is before going out to look at birds. BSBO teams research with education to promote bird conservation. So in this edition I havetaken a different approach altogether, and the focus here is on how toidentify birds, or how to learn to identify birds. As you masterthe identification of more groups of birds, you will develop the kindof background knowledge that makes it easier to learn even more. Customer Reviews: Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Keith Betton in the United Kingdom (24/01/2012) Kenn Kaufman created Advanced Birding in 1990 as one of the Peterson Field Guide series. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. Identifying birds by looking at fine detail is an approach that goesback even further — to the days when most birds were identified inthe hand. Learning to Identify Seabirds 18212. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups … December release (this month) ... Last 14 days. Publication Date. Today there are multiple fine books  specifically treating the identification of gulls, shorebirds,hawks, hummingbirds, and any other group you can think of, and somany fine articles have been published that it is impossible to keeptrack of them all. In the late 1980s, Peter Pyle had just produced a firstslim guide to the molts and plumages of songbirds. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. Principles and Pitfalls of Field Identification 183. This book will focus mainly on details and concrete field marks, becausethat is the necessary approach for someone dealing with a new orunfamiliar bird. If I were to simply list more and more field marks for more species,this guide would take on the dimensions of an encyclopedia before itadded materially to what is already available. Whether you have been birding for six months or six decades, the. The Winter Loons 16811. Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America Kenn Kaufman. Learning to Identify Woodpeckers 34225. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. Learning to Identify Terns 27219. Identification Beyond the Species Level 1067. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. It is tempting to take this shortcut, tobypass the details and go straight to an instinctive mastery of the bird.But how does this work in real life? In practice, of course, once we learn to read, we readily recognizewhole words. The all-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. The Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding clarifies the basics and provides a framework for learning about each bird group. A lot has changed in 21 years. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. An experienced birderseeing a speck soaring slowly over a faraway ridge might identify it as aTurkey Vulture without being able to discern a single detail. The contest ends at midnight, Friday, March 29, 2013. Vinyl Bound. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. If the firstbird was actually a Red-shouldered Hawk and the second was a Cooper’s,our birder has started to build a mental reference library that isflawed from the outset. Are you an avid birder? Both of these styles seem to be at least partly a reaction against thesystem of simplistic field marks. Of course there’s nothing wrong with watchingthe actions of distant unknown hawks, but we shouldn’t use our impressionsof them as a basis for comparison. It's definitely not about trying to compare a bird to more and more pictures. That guide, illustrated with Kenn's line drawings, gave detailed ID information for about 30 of the most challenging species pairs or groups of North American birds. Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding book. A vast amount of detail on bird ID has been published, both in print and online. Unlike many field guides,this one is not designed for quick reference in the field. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice. In addition to all these introductory chapters, I have included ten“sample” chapters treating specific groups in depth. Since the 1980s, the birding world has put a lot of discussion into twodistinct approaches to identification. In fact, its clear, careful overview of the basics will make it helpful for birders at any level of experience. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser, 1. Kaufman field guide to advanced birding : understanding what you see and hear. We may use it frequentlyin other contexts. and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment. $14.49. Learning to Identify the Diurnal Raptors 18814. Most people, even if they have not considered it, are already subconsciouslycapable of using this approach. Hardback. We're giving away five copies of the Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding—each one signed by the author, Kenn Kaufman. Once you have spent a lot of time watching PomarineJaegers, you may be able to name them instantly by their bulky shape,broad inner part of the wing, powerful wingbeats, etc., but first youhave to see those things on birds of known identity, and to know theiridentity you have to see the kinds of details that this book describesand illustrates. Most of this book, then, consists of a thorough exploration of howto look at birds and how to listen to them, how to come to grips withthe special challenges of each group of birds. the variations that we see and hear in the field. If so, you will have realized that some birds are easy to identify, some are more challenging, and some are just plain tricky, more confusing than they need to be. And so on. You also will have realized that birding is more fun when we can name more of the birds we find:  When we can cut through the confusion and understand what we're seeing and hearing. Not just for "advanced" birders:  Don't let the title fool you into thinking that this is just a book for experts. In the late 1980s an expert birder askedme, in all seriousness, whether the Pomarine Jaeger even has a distinctplumage as a juvenile. Identifying birds by impression has been called “the new Cape Mayschool of birding,” which would be a surprise to the experts who werepracticing this approach in California in the 1960s or in Massachusettsin the 1940s. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice. 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