Harrison's two seabird books (one illustrated, the other
photographic) are both very good, but you don't always get looks that
let you rely on plumage. Debi Shearwater has a video called "Through
the Seasons" that shows you flight patterns as well. When you get to
Storm-Petrels, this is often the easier way to get an ID if you know
what to look for.
There is also a good book on dolphins and whales, but I don't have it
here at my desk and can't remember the author or the exact name.
At 04:40 PM 2007-07-31, B C wrote:
>Hello. This is my first post in the California Birds
>forum. I live in NJ and I will almost assuredly visit
>California in October, mostly for seabirds and marine
>mammals. I will be staying in Torrance, but will
>spend at least 2 days in Monterey (one of which will
>be on a pelagic trip). I was wondering what books you
>might suggest on IDing California birds/sea
>mammals/sharks, etc. And if you have any suggestions
>of 'must see' areas (from Torrance to Monterey or so),
>please let me know! Please reply via email so as not
>to crowd the list. Thank you very much!
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