Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
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Annotation: Introduces a new way to identify birds more easily by looking at both a bird's unchangeable features and their plumage details.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #111436
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: xiii, 286 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-547-19578-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-19578-0
Dewey: 598.072
LCCN: 2015297280
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 277) and index.
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12

A highly visual guide to identifying birds in the field based on the important, unchanging features of size, shape, structure, and behavior Birding is an extremely rewarding and fun hobby, but some situations can be frustrating or unsuccessful because of a variety of challenging viewing conditions. This guide to identifying birds offers the holistic "birding by impression" method, which not only helps with these difficult conditions, but also develops an efficient mental identification process using left- and right-brain skills. It begins with a conscious assessment of a bird's unchanging physical characteristics, including general size, body shape, structural features (bill, legs, neck, and wings), and behavior. Using this approach, birders can quickly assess all birds and distinguish new and uncommon species from familiar ones. They can then examine more detailed field marks to fine-tune the identification. Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process.


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