A Closer Look at Field Guides for Birding
Did you know that until the 1930s the instrument of choice for studying birds was a shotgun? Early naturalists would shoot wildlife in order to discern the characteristics of different species. Luckily for today's birds, naturalists now use binoculars and spotting scopes for close observation. Another valuable addition to any bird outing is a good field guide. Many choices are available, and the following list highlights noteworthy editions offered by Eagle Optics.
Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
Renowned naturalist and bird author Kenn Kaufman delivers a comprehensive field guide that departs from traditional artwork by using actual photographs of birds. Considered by many to be one of the easiest field guides for identification, the stunning color photos of theKaufmann Guide are sure to help birders of all skill levels.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
The National Geographic guide is thorough and easy to navigate. It features beautiful color illustrations of birds in their natural habitat from a multitude of artists. Convenient tabs help you quickly find the correct section of the book. Compared to other guides, National Geographic offers the most comprehensive range map information and species accounts.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
The beautiful artistry of David Allen Sibley's paintings highlights the most popular series of bird field guides on the market today. His wonderfully realistic illustrations diagnostically capture the color, pose, size, and shape of each bird. The Sibley guide is available in a large format that covers both Eastern and Western North America, as well as two separate, more portable Eastern North America and Western North America versions.