lab/ king charels spaniel. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. The book is great. Very great service and very fast shipping.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5683 Reviewed: 2013-11-23
"I recommend this book to anybody to properly ID waterfowl species."
By: Scott Clark From PA
Hunts. Family pet. This is a must have for any duck hunter. I've settled a lot of arguments over hybrid species by using this book to identify the different species to make up the hybrid duck. I recommend this book to anybody to properly ID waterfowl species. It would be better if it included geese though.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10514 Reviewed: 2014-05-05
Customer Review #20532
By: Clint Renner From IA
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Great book to have around. Quick, easy identification of waterfowl with this book.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20532 Reviewed: 2015-04-29
Customer Review #25879
By: Matthew Kraus From IN
I have several buddies that I have introduced to duck hunting, and this product has many insightful tips that have helped them in the identification of birds in the field. I would recommend this title to any new waterfowler.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25879 Reviewed: 2015-12-27
Customer Review #25824
By: Mike Tutt From Fl
Owns 11 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Best waterfowl ID book I've found.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25824 Reviewed: 2015-12-25
Customer Review #32520
By: Robert Glasgow From MT
labs. Owns 11 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. I give my books to youth hunters. They love them.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 32520 Reviewed: 2016-11-17
Customer Review #21911
By: C HOUSTON From SK
comparison of bills of Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal minimize rather than emphasize the difference between the two, especially compared to my experience in hand.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 21911 Reviewed: 2015-06-30
Customer Review #25555
By: Bruce Harrington From NE
Hunts. Family pet. Good information, but not something I would take in the field. Pages are flimsy magazine like paper.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25555 Reviewed: 2015-12-16
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Copyright 1986, 75 pages, spiral bound, color photos and illustrations
Dick Lemaster's observations of the size and shape of duck bills provide an entirely new tool for recognizing species. Dick is an unusually gifted person who has given up a lucrative business in industrial model building to further his first love, waterfowl. His talent and enthusiasm as a display decoy carver resulted in his first book Wildlife in Wood. His experience in preserving the living qualities of ducks in wood has given Dick knowledge of form, feather arrangement, and color privy to few, if any, professionals. With his acute eye and photographic memory, he has observed differences between species that have heretofore been overlooked by professionals. In addition to his bill identification technique, Dick also focuses attention on another unique field identification concept, that of local altitudinal flight stratification. His renditions of heads, wings, and ducks in flight highlight specific differences that further aid identification. All in all, the contents of this booklet represent a significant breakthrough which will prove to be a blessing to the beginning water fowler and veteran alike.
Frank C. Bellrose
Illinois Natural History Survey
This guide introduces new aids for identifying waterfowl. One identifies the species of duck in hand; the other assists in determining the species in flight.
A duck in hand can be identified by the size and shape of its bill. Charts are provided for the user to match a bill in hand with the outlines of the particular species. The full size and shape of the bill is repeated on the pages for each species, along with information to solidify the selection. Juveniles of both sexes have bills that are slightly smaller, but even these will fall within the basic size and shape of the species. Color of the bill is of lesser importance because it will vary with age and season.
Although positive identification is provided through this method, it should be understood that every effort should be made to identify a duck before you have it in hand.
To aid in flight identification, this method introduces a new dimension - Levels (strata or layer) of flight that the various species fly in over open water, and these are divided into four distinct levels. The study and use of this dimension, coupled with flock characteristics and species markings, will aid your in-flight identification.
Through artwork, I have shown only what you should focus your attention on. In flight; the relative shades formed are more apparent than distinctive color and definition.
For identifying birds in hand, I have shown only heads and the area on the wing that is of the greatest importance - all other detail is omitted to avoid confusion.
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