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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Hawks and Owls of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

by (author) Chris Earley

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2004
Birdwatching Guides, Wildlife
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price

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Birds of prey can be particularly difficult to track for a variety of reasons: - Nocturnal behavior - Remote habitats - Migratory patterns - Swift flight speeds

Hawks and Owls depicts both the subtle differences and rich diversity among these awe-inspiring birds. With crisp, clean photographs and precise identification notes, this guide makes quick and accurate classifications easier.

The families of birds includes:

  • New world vultures
  • Osprey, kites, eagles, hawks and allies
  • Caracara and falcons
  • Barn and bay owls
  • Typical owls

The information on each species is concisely organized and includes the differences between male and female, seasonal and immature plumage, morphs and distinctive markings. Color pictures and range maps accompany the text. The 180 photographs from award-winning photographers show these birds in their natural environments through the seasons. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single page for quick reference.

Hawks and Owls is a sturdy, pocket-sized field guide that will be indispensable to naturalists, students and birders at all levels of experience, from Florida to Ontario.


About the author

Text by Chris Earley ; Photography by Luke Massey

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Editorial Reviews

The clarity of the photographs is astounding... highly recommended without reservation... charming and highly useful.


[Author] excels in teaching bird identification... especially helpful for the identification of hawks in flight... Recommended.


An excellent identification guide... the photos are well chosen... the text is clear and concise.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

[This book] is one of the best I have come across for identifying the species and learning something about them.... The 128-page book packs in much information and yet doesn't overwhelm the reader. I use it constantly when you call to ask about a hawk or owl identification.

This is an excellent and useful raptor identification field guide.

International Hawkwatcher

Comprehensive information on North American birds of prey, packed in a colorful, easy-to-use format.

Nature Society News

Very quickly found a new home with my special books... greatly enhance ones ability to identify hawks and owls.

New Hampshire Wildlife

Remarkably concise but information-packed guide... fabulous photos of each species show the difference between a young bird and an adult, between males and females, and how to spot a particular bird type when looking up from the ground to a bird soaring high above.

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

Superb field guide... perhaps the most useful items are the comparison charts.... near-perfect photographs of a number of similar species.

Ibis [British Ornithologists' Union]

A great book... Everything is just superb in an handy package that slips easily into my backpack.

Kitchener Record

Essential reading for birders in Ontario, especially the Niagara Peninsula.

Globe and Mail

Well organized and beautifully illustrated with many half-page images of the birds perched and in flight.

Canadian Camera

For those enthralled by birds of prey [this book] provides an invaluable guide.

Greensburg Tribune-Review

Excellent... Earley's concise volume is well constructed and worth adding to any falconer or birder's library.

Hawk Chalk

A nice handy guide to hawks and owls, especially for beginners and less experienced birders... valuable reference.

Wildlife Activist

Attractively illustrated with numerous excellent photographs, range maps, and brief descriptions of each age and sex class of the species considered.

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