Thanks To The Princeton University Press
I just received my review copy of the eastern bird edition of The Crossley Guide. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this for some time because the pre-press on this book touts it as a revolutionary step in bird identification. I’ll be doing a full review of it very soon but I just wanted to let you know I’ve got my hands on one and I’m excited.
What’s So Different?
Unlike other guides that simply show one or two pictures of each species with the descriptive text, the Crossley Guide has a photographic plate of sorts that shows each species in different situations you are likely to encounter them in. For instance, you’ll see birds perching as well as in flight, close up and in the environment you’re most likely to find them. Very cool.
Of course, there are many more improvements over other guides and I’ll be getting into them after I spend some time really digesting the material. I’ll give you a full report as soon as I can.
In the mean time, you may want to head over to The Crossley Guide page on Amazon to read what some big name birders have had to say about it in the “Editorial Reviews” section just after the listing. There’s also a 3 minute video by the author himself.
Sounds like I’m not the only one excited about this one!