A simpler and more user-friendly visual approach to gull identification
This unique photographic field guide to North America's gulls provides a comparative approach to identification that concentrates on the size, structure, and basic plumage features of gulls-gone are the often-confusing array of plumage details found in traditional guides.
Featuring hundreds of color photos throughout, Gulls Simplified illustrates the variations of gull plumages for a variety of ages, giving readers strong visual reference points for each species. Extensive captions accompany the photos, which include comparative photo arrays, digitized photo arrays for each age group, and numerous images of each species-a wealth of visual information at your fingertips. This one-of-a-kind guide includes detailed species accounts and a distribution map for each gull.
An essential field companion for North American birders, Gulls Simplified reduces the confusion commonly associated with gull identification, offering a more user-friendly way of observing these marvelous birds.
Features a wealth of color photos for easy comparison among species
Includes detailed captions that explain identification criteria and aging, with direct visual reinforcement above the captions
Combines plumage details with a focus on size, body shape, and structural features for easy identification in the field
Highlights important field marks and physical features for each gull
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 241 x 191 mm
"This is probably the closest thing to a Gulling for Dummies there is."---Jennie Erin Smith, Wall Street Journal
"Gulls Simplified is an accessible, informative, and even humorous guide to identifying these wide-ranging, wily birds."---The Editors, Audubon
"In a birding world that celebrates identification, there are surprisingly few articles and books on gull identification. So, we need to lift a glass to 2018, a year that has given us Gulls of the World: A Photographic Field Guide by Klaus Malling Olsen and Gulls Simplified: A Comparative Approach to Identification by Pete Dunne and Kevin T. Karlson. . . . [T]he bar here is high, there are expectations of excellent writing, high-quality photographs, a friendly yet educational approach, and a high level of expertise. . . . And, yes, they succeed on all points."---Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds Book Review
"Dunne and Karlson's beautiful and engaging book fills a need and will be much appreciated by the birding community."-Dennis Paulson, author of Shorebirds of North America
"Gulls Simplified fills a major hole in the birder's library. Dunne and Karlson share the joys and challenges that make gull watching so much fun."-Derek Lovitch, author of How to Be a Better Birder