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    Description"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 to look for when birds appear in the field. Using many illustrations, David Sibley reviews all the basic concepts of bird identification and then describes the variations (of shape, size, and color) that can change the appearance of a bird over time or in different settings. And he issues a warning about "illusions and other pitfalls"--and advice on avoiding them. The second part of the book, also plentifully illustrated, deals with another set of clues, the major aspects of avian life that differ from species to species: feathers (color, arrangement, shape, molt), behavior and habitat, and sounds. This scientifically precise, beautifully illustrated volume distills the essence of David Sibley's own experience and skills, providing a solid introduction to "naming" the birds. With Sibley as your guide, when you learn how to interpret what the feathers, the anatomical structure, the sounds of a bird tell you--when you know the clues that show you why there's no such thing as "just a duck"--birding will be more fun, and more meaningful. An essential addition to the Sibley shelf!


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    Title
    Sibley's Birding Basics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Allen Sibley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375709661
    ISBN 10: 0375709665
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: WNCB
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 560
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT027000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    DC22: 598.07234
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 97
    DC21: 598.07234
    BISAC V2.8: NAT004000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 598/.07/234
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QL677.5 .S53 2002
    Thema V1.0: WNCB
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    125 Full Colour Illustrations
    Publisher
    Alfred A. Knopf
    Imprint name
    Alfred A. Knopf
    Publication date
    01 October 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Allen Sibley, who has been observing, drawing, and painting birds since the age of seven, lives with his family in Concord, Massachusetts. H
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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 to look for when birds appear in the field. Using many illustrations, David Sibley reviews all the basic concepts of bird identification and then describes the variations (of shape, size, and color) that can change the appearance of a bird over time or in different settings. And he issues a warning about "illusions and other pitfalls"--and advice on avoiding them. The second part ofthe book, also plentifully illustrated, deals with another set of clues, the major aspects of avian life that differ from species to species: feathers (color, arrangement, shape, molt), behavior and habitat, and sounds. This scientifically precise, beautifully illustrated volume distills the essence of David Sibley's own experience and skills, providing a solid introduction to "naming" the birds. With Sibley as your guide, when you learn how to interpret what the feathers, the anatomical structure, the sounds of a bird tell you--when you know the clues that show you why there's no such thing as "just a duck"--birding will be more fun, and more meaningful. An essential addition to the Sibley shelf!