Raptor ID Slideshow Available Free
If you are a hawkwatcher or a birder, you know that raptors flying past a hawkwatch don't always look like the posed birds in a field guide.
Check out this new hawk identification tool, available for free, which was created to show how raptors really look during migration flights.
Identification of Raptors of the Northeast
is now available for non-commercial use from the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA). The new guide is a PowerPoint presentation that combines photographs of flying raptors, silhouettes and in-flight identification tips to help you improve your hawkwatching skills.
Covering 19 species of hawks and vultures, including some of the rarer species, the presentation first focuses on how to identify the major raptor families so you can narrow down an identification. Using graphics and animation it then zeroes in on the field marks and flight patterns that will identify each species as they look in flight.
The presentation is available free for download
to those with high-speed internet access, though we hope you will also choose make a donation to HMANA when you download it. The presentation is also available for purchase on CDROM (see link below).
The presentation features photographs from some of our best raptor photographers, as well as photos in the less-than-ideal-lighting conditions that can make identifications more challenging. The show runs about 30 minutes and can be used both for non-commercial presentation at bird clubs or by individuals looking to enhance their own identification skills. The program works best as an uninterrupted slide show, and some slides include additional notes.
This fun and informative learning tool will help you raise your hawk identification skill to a new level. The new silhouette hawk ID guide by Paul Carrier, also available for free download
, makes a great companion piece to this presentation.
Download the presentation
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