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Review of Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America

I have never been on a pelagic trip, but I have very definite aspirations in that direction. I want to go completely out of sight of land and see what that feels like. I am predicting a unique and interesting feeling.

So, this aspiration led me to an interest in this recently published book (January, 2012) from Princeton University Press that I am reviewing in this post.

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide
By Steve N. G. Howell

My initial impression upon examination of this book is that these birds require a lot of experience to identify. Just leafing through the book you can quickly see that plumage-wise, all of the birds are white, black, and various shades of brown and gray. In addtion these birds are out there swirling around on the vast open ocean, with lighting conditions changing constantly. These facts lend themselves to a challenging identification. So the question becomes does this book address this challenging identification scenari…