1) Olsen, Klaus Malling. Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide. 2018. Princeton University Press. Hardbound: 368 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: With more than 50 gull species in the world, this family of seabirds poses some of the greatest field identification challenges of any bird group: age-related plumage changes, extensive variations within species, frequent hybridization, and complex distribution.
Gulls of the World takes on these challenges and is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at these birds. Concise text emphasizes field identification, with in-depth discussion of variations as well as coverage of habitat, status, and distribution. Abundant photographs highlight identification criteria and, crucially, factor in age and subspecific field separation. Informative species accounts are accompanied by detailed color range maps.
Gulls of the World is the most authoritative photographic guide to this remarkable bird family.
- The first book to provide in-depth coverage of all the world's gull species
- More than 600 stunning color photographs
- Concise text looks at variations, habitat, status, and distribution
- Informative species accounts and color range maps
2) Sale, Richard and Per Michelsen. Wildlife of the Arctic (Princeton Pocket Guides). 2018. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 335 pages. Price: $19.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Wildlife of the Arctic is an accessible and richly illustrated pocket-sized photographic field guide to the birds, land and sea mammals, and plants and lichens of the northern polar region--including Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and Russia. Written and illustrated by naturalists with extensive Arctic experience, this handy book features detailed facing-page descriptions of each species, including information about identification, range, distribution, and breeding and wintering grounds. A substantial introduction explains the area covered, with information on the poles, geology, snow and ice, auroras, and the influence of global warming. This portable, user-friendly guide is the perfect companion for birders, ecotourists, and cruise-line passengers visiting the Arctic Circle and other areas of the far north.
- An accessible and richly illustrated pocket-sized photographic field guide to Artic wildlife
- Features more than 800 color photos illustrating more than 250 bird species, 60 land mammals, and 30 seals and whales
- Includes extensive facing-page species descriptions and identification information
- Provides an overview of the Arctic region, with information on the poles, geology, snow and ice, auroras, and the influence of global warming
- Explores each family of birds and mammals, and has sections covering fish, insects, plants, and lichens