Australian Birds of Prey in Flight

A Photographic Guide

July 2019
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    18th July 2019
  • ISBN 9781486308668
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.
  • Size 5.25" x 8.5"
  • Images color photos and maps

Birds of prey spend most of their time in flight, and, when viewed from the ground, they are notoriously hard to identify. Australian Birds of Prey in Flight is a photographic guide to the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you. Individual species profiles describe distinguishing features and the text is supported by detailed images showing the birds at six different angles and poses, using photographs from many of Australia's leading bird photographers. Annotated multi-species comparison plates highlight key features that can help differentiate birds of prey in flight.

This book will be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about Australia's birds of prey, and will provide a useful reference for identifying soaring birds in the field, and also while trying to identify images from your own camera.


- First guide to focus solely on helping you to identify Australian birds of prey in flight.
- Coverage of 26 birds of prey, including all resident Australian species, as well as 2 regular visitors.
- Lavishly illustrated with photographs from many Australian bird photographers.
- Photographic plates combine multiple photographs of birds at different angles of flight for easier comparison of key characteristics.
- Detailed text and annotated photographs to explain the key features and markers that help you to identify that distant flying bird of prey.

Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Australian Birds of Prey in Flight: A Photographic Guide" is an immense pleasure to browse through and impressively practical for identifying specific bird species in the skies of Australia, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections.

Midwest Book Review




Species profiles

Species comparisons

Photographic acknowledgements


Richard Seaton

Richard Seaton works as a Regional Ecologist for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in north-east Australia. He has worked on and researched birds of prey in New Zealand, Mauritius, the UK and Madagascar and most recently the Red Goshawk in Australia.

Mat Gilfedder

Mat Gilfedder is a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. He chairs the national steering committee for eBird Australia.

Stephen Debus

Dr. Stephen Debus has studied Australia’s raptors, including falcons, for over 40 years. He is an honorary research associate in zoology at the University of New England. He is the author of Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds, Australian Birds of Prey in Flight, Birds of Prey of Australia, and was awarded BirdLife Australia’s D.L. Serventy Medal for ornithological publication.