Sibley's Birding Basics
ISBN: 1417709332
EAN13: 9781417709335
Language: English
Pages: 0
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Prebound
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I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you'll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even sharper if you know exactly what to look for and how to record what you see. --David Allen Sibley

The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior are both universally acclaimed as the new standard source of species information. And now David Sibley, America's premier birder and best-known bird artist, takes a new direction; in Sibley's Birding Basics he is concerned not so much with species as with the general characteristics that influence the appearance of all birds and thus give us the clues to their identity.
To create this guide, David Sibley thought through all the skills that enable him to identify a bird in the few instants it is visible to him. Now he shares that information, integrating an explanation of the identification process with many painted and drawn images of details (such as a feather) or concepts.
Birding Basics begins by reviewing how one can get started as a birder: the equipment necessary, where and when to go birding, and perhaps most important, the essential things Read More chevron_right

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   Straightforward and easy to understand.
I am a new birder and this book is opening my eyes to learning how to identiigy birds. I recommend using it in conjunction with The Sibley Guide to Birds and the Field Guide to the Birds of North America by National Geograpgic.
   I would say that the book is a bit technical ...
I would say that the book is a bit technical for new birders, though it offers a lot of information.
   Useful reference for understanding birding
As other reviews have mentioned, this is not a book to help you identify particular birds, but to look at birds and what details to watch for in order to be able to identify them. Sibley's prose is dry and condescending and occasionally comes off as pretentious or condescending, but for me, I enjoyed his personality as a dry and dedicated professor of birds who cares deeply about the white sparrow from the white crowned. As a common birder, this book helped me with my vocabulary and understanding of what differences to look for while trying to learn the new birds in my area.
   A deeper look at birds
Not an identification guide, but very instructive in regards to how feathers are formed, how the wings fold, what the names and structure of feather groups are... It helps when you see a bird and then try to identify its features in order to note it. I can only read a few pages at a time, as it is so rich and detail-rich.
   Great for new or even experienced birders
This is not a book to help you identify what bird you saw on a branch just like. As a new birder, I have already learned a great deal from it, and I am sure that even an experienced birder could pick up some tips. The best thing would be to go with an experienced birder, but this book has a lot to teach you.
   Not a Reference Book, but Does Contain Great Information
I received this book to serve as an introduction to birding. I was expecting something that would give me all the info I needed to start birding. It turns out that is not what this book is, but nonetheless fabulous. If you want to start birding, you will need a reference book, which is not this. This is more like a textbook containing information about technique. This is much smaller than a textbook, though certainly an appropriate size to take into the field. Although, like a text book, the information is not formatted in a way that would be useful for a split-second reference. For referencing in the field, you could use highlighters and post-its to mark useful information or simply take notes. Although practice would certainly eliminate the need for physical notes, as you become used to good technique, I still found this book to contain great information and would recommend it to any beginner or novice.
   Gives good advice what and where to look for when you ...
If you are a birder, you should read this book. Gives good advice on what and where to look for when birding, also encourages you not to add details because you want to see a particular bird! I would recommend this book to everyone.