We picked up a copy, too.
Everything Kay said goes for us.
Highly entertaining. It's an amazing feat!
That said, I would say that if there is a weakness, it is that some pages are more "successful" than others. He chooses backgrounds to illustrate each bird's habitat. Some also work well as palettes for showing the distinctions of the species close-up. Others less so.
Crossley says that his book is not intended as a "field" guide. So, he made it large. (It's bigger than a full-sized Sibley). That added size is great for viewing. And, I still think it will be a good addition to have in the car for a different look than Sibley, et. al. provide.
Overall, a highly recommended addition to anyone's guide collection.
On Mar 25, 2011, at 6:54 PM, Kay Johnson wrote:
> Hi - I bought the Crossley guide last Saturday and have been engrossed in it many waking, not working moments.'
> First of all, as an amateur photographer and Photoshop artist, I am amazed at the feat it took to produce this work.
> Second, the philosophy of the book is so simple and yet profound. He is pushing us to see more, see better, and really look at the birds whether they are close or far away. See the example on Blue Jay in the introduction to get a sense of that mission.
> Finally,while it does not replace my love of Sibley or joy in sitting with grandchildren and the Bird Songs book, this is a wonderful edition to my birding library.
> Buy and enjoy it if you can. Kay in Hinesburg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fernando B.Corrada <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 5:38 pm
> Subject: [VTBIRD] New bird guide book
> Hi friends,
> Recently I was listening to Scott Shalaway's Birds & Nature podcast (from
> ittsburgh,PA) and he mentioned that there was a new birding guide about to
> e published. One week later he had the author as a guest in his radio show.
> he book is titled "The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds" written by Richard
> rossley. The guide has over 10,000 images taken by the author to show
> bout 640 species. This guide is very unique as each bird is shown in its
> ypical habitat with multiple images pasted to the background. It shows
> ifferent views from above, below, perched, flying, male/female, juveniles,
> ifferent behaviors, etc. You have to see it to fully appreciate its novel
> esign. Here are two links to the book:
> List price is $35 but you can find it on Amazon for $21. Enjoy!