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Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide by Bob Hines is an incredibly comprehensive and visually stunning book that will surely delight bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With its detailed illustrations and helpful explanations, this guide is a valuable resource for anyone interested in identifying waterfowl species accurately.

The book begins with an insightful introduction that emphasizes the importance of proper identification and its crucial role in conservation efforts. It highlights the significance of understanding waterfowl behavior, habitats, and key physical characteristics, making it evident that this field guide is so much more than a mere collection of illustrations.

The heart of this book lies in its meticulously detailed illustrations, which beautifully capture the distinct features and characteristics of each waterfowl species. Bob Hines' artistic prowess is evident throughout, as he brings each bird to life on the pages, complete with vibrant colors and intricate feather patterns. The drawings not only showcase the physiques of the birds, but also provide superb visual aids for differentiating between similar species, enabling birdwatchers to accurately identify waterfowl even from a distance.

One commendable aspect of Ducks at a Distance is its user-friendly format. The book is organized logically, grouping species together based on shared characteristics, such as size, shape, and feeding habits. This arrangement aids in quick reference and comparison, allowing readers to easily navigate the book and find the information they need. Additionally, detailed descriptions accompany the illustrations, highlighting key distinguishing features, plumage variations, and habitat preferences. These descriptions are clear, concise, and accessible to readers of varying levels of ornithological expertise.

In addition to the fantastic illustrations and descriptions, the guide also includes helpful range maps for each species, illustrating their migratory patterns and distribution throughout North America. These maps enhance the usefulness of the book, as they assist birdwatchers in determining which waterfowl species are likely to be seen in their specific region.

Moreover, Ducks at a Distance embodies a true conservationist spirit. Throughout the book, Bob Hines emphasizes the significance of observing waterfowl responsibly, respecting their habitats, and being mindful of their vulnerability to human activities. This emphasis on ethics and conservation is a refreshing and welcome addition to a field guide, as it encourages birdwatchers to consider the long-term well-being of these magnificent creatures.

Overall, Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide by Bob Hines is an outstanding resource that sets a high standard for field guides. Its exceptional illustrations, comprehensive descriptions, user-friendly layout, and conservationist approach make it a must-have for any birdwatcher or nature enthusiast. Whether you are a seasoned birder or just beginning your journey in ornithology, this book will undoubtedly enrich your understanding and appreciation of North America's diverse waterfowl species.

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A Waterfowl Identification Guide


Bob Hines Department of the Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington, D.C. 1978

Table of Contents

Identification is Important What to Look For Eclipse Plumage Species Identification: Puddle Ducks Mallard Pintail Gadwall Wigeon Shoveler Blue Winged Teal Cinnamon Teal Green Winged Teal Wood Duck Black Duck Diving Ducks Canvasback Redheads Ringneck Scaup Goldeneye Bufflehead Ruddy Red Breasted Merganser Common Merganser Hooded Merganser Whistling Ducks White Winged Scoter Surf Scoter Black Scoter Common Eider Oldsquaw Harlequin Swans Canada Geese Brant Snow White Fronted Geese At a Glance Guide Comparative Sizes Of Waterfowl Wetlands Attract Wildlife Administrative Waterfowl Flyways

Identification is Important

Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to millions of people. This guide will help you recognize birds on the wing it emphasizes their fall and winter plumage patterns as well as size, shape, and flight characteristics... Continue reading book >>

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