Review of Shorebirds: Beautiful Beachcombers

Any birder who has spent any time at all at a mud flat or coastal area knows how wonderful it is to observe the antics of shorebirds. Despite lacking boisterous colors, shorebirds-in their shades of mostly brown, rufous, white, gray, and black-are some of the most eye-catching and interesting birds.

Shorebirds: Beautiful Beachcombers is an informative and appealing work by Arthur Morris. Known as one of the nation’s top bird photographers, Arthur Morris is one of our all-time favorites. His photographs, found throughout the book, hold a special quality to them: they are artistic without being over-the-top “artsy”.

The text that accompanies the jaw-dropping photos is well worth reading. While this book wouldn’t qualify as a “field guide” it has a lot of wonderful tips about how to identify and better enjoy shorebirds. Plumages, aging, migration, and behavior are all discussed as well as a small section on shorebird conservation. There are individual species accounts for 50 species of shorebirds found in North America.

Shorebirds: Beautiful Beachcombers does a perfect job showing just how interesting and inspiring shorebirds are, and thus is a good tool for grabbing new interest in birds in general. No matter your shorebirding experience, this book provides a ton of useful information (especially to those like us who are still learning).

Rating: 9.5 of 10 feathers

Stackpole Books
February 2003
160pp
$19.95

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