So at the COA Meeting, I heard Richard Crossley and picked up a copy of his guide book. A couple of quick comments. The images showcase the greatest feature of the Crossley ID Guide. The Image layouts really create a great and diverse way to look and learned to look at birds. While I am still browsing the book, the images do a great job at not only showing you what the bird looks like, it shows you how to for birds. The Woodpecker and Rail pages do a good job of teaching illustrating how difficult it can be to find the bird in its environs. I do appreciate this aspect of the book highly. The images are vivid, realistic and helpful for learning how to look at and for birds. One Critique is that I want more pages that help birders distinguish between similar species of birds. A few books do shared image and written comparisons of like birds and I think Crossley's new format could do a great job illustrating how different the birds are. Another critique is that currently the book is HUGE. In order to accommodate the various layouts, this was a necessity, but a pocket guide would be helpful. Crossley ID Guides is promising more innovative guides and improvements and I hope that a portable field guide is on the docket.
Here are a couple of his pages and layouts:
All Images Belong to Crossley ID and Princeton UP (C) are not MINE!