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Amazon Bestselling Books - Birdwatching

Here are the bestsellers in books in the birdwatching category:
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Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build By Peter Goodfellow
Birds are the most consistently inventive builders, and their nests set the bar for functional design in nature. Avian Architecture describes how birds design, engineer, and build their nests, deconstructing all types of nests found around the world using architectural blueprints and detailed descriptions of the construction processes and engineering techniques birds use. This spectacularly illustrated book features 300 full-color images and more than 35 case studies that profile key species worldwide.

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds By Richard Crossley
This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, …

Strikingly Beautiful Birds - Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers, an order that includes some of the oldest avian lineages, are one of the most popular families of birds, and they are certainly one of the more unusual. Their ability to excavate holes in wood is legendary. The family ranges from the tiny piculets of tropical forests to the mighty Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico, sadly now extinct. In between, there is a considerable variety of species inhabiting forests and woodlands on all continents except Australasia and Antarctica.

Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide
The definitive guide to all 239 species of woodpecker.

A bird perhaps a bit under appreciated for its beauty are Woodpeckers. Here are a series of pictures that put this bird's beauty on display...

A Male Magellanic Woodpecker, Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Simoni, Marco

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Red-Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes Erythrocephalus), Eastern USA

Maslowski, Steve

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Baby Pileated Woodpeckers Peer from the Tree Hole …

Beautiful Birds of the High Arctic

I have an adventurous side, which prompted me to spend two summers above the Arctic Circle in Alaska working as a geologist. It was an unforgettable experience. We lived in a bush camp, and rode around in helicopters all over the place. As an avid birdwatcher I had some great times:
--Seeing all three species of Jaegers in one day --Spotting a Bluethroat while waiting for a helicopter to pick me up --Finding a nesting pair of Gyrfalcons --Seeing and identifying a Bar-tailed Godwit --Nesting seabirds on cliffs on the Arctic Ocean (Chukchi Sea) --Long-tailed Jaegers and Whimbrels on a regular basis --A flock of beautiful Snow Buntings in breeding plumage --AbundantLapland Longspurs in breeding plumage
The wildlife was also incredible: a wolverine, beautiful Arctic Foxes, grizzlies, and the Caribou migration wherein I watched the herd pass by me 25-30 abreast for two hours.
In memory of this experience here are pictures, and a spectacular Gyrfalcon video, of some of the beautiful birds (and a mesm…