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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Bird Man Cometh

If you read birding magazines you've seen this image before in Nikon optics advertisements. It's an iconic representation of Birder as Cosmic Hero. Hoisting his trusty optics as if mighty weapons, striding confidently on the edge of The Deep, The Bird Man--in this case Richard Crossley--might just well have come from slaying Leviathan.

It's an inspiring image for those of us who grew up in an age when birding wasn't cool, when we had to hide our bins when we went to the beach. But that's neither here nor there! As this image has been showing us in Nikon ads for a while, better times are here.

The Bird Man Cometh!

In this case, we are hailing the arrival of Richard Crossley's long awaited new field guide--The Crossley ID Guide. Crossley has been offering us glimpses of this work for over a year, and we've all been waiting expectantly. My review copy arrived in the mail today. So I anticipate having plenty to say over the next few days. Stay tuned. It's going to be fun. If you haven't ordered your own copy yet, you're going to want to for sure. There's a lot of field guides out there. I don't always say this, but this is one you aren't going to want to miss.

Hold onto your optics boys and girls. The Bird Man Cometh!

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