Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1) Todd, Frank S.. North American Ducks, Geese and Swans: Identification Guide. 2018. Hancock House Publishers. Paperback: 203 pages. Price: $34.95 U.S. ($29.95 U.S. from the publisher's website here.)
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Hancock House Publishers is pleased to announce the release of "Ducks, Geese & Swans of North America: identification guide" by the late Frank S. Todd. This book is the result of renowned zoologist Mr. Todd's life work photographing waterfowl around the world, in an attempt to obtain images of every sex, age and plumage type feasible prior to his passing in December 2016. This book is a richly detailed photographic guide to the Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America, including the Hawaiian Islands, Greenland, Mexico and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific Ocean. The photographs, mostly by the author, were selected to highlight plumage phases, age classes and variation and behavioral postures. Brief text describes the different categories of waterfowl and brief bullet points highlight important identification features. Range maps and population estimates are noted in the text and some details of morphology are also provided in an Appendix.
RECOMMENDATION: This book reminds me of the: The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl but with minimal text. Does include three Hawaiian species (Hawaiian Goose (Nene), Laysan and Hawaiian Ducks) that the Crossley guide does not include.