About avian101

My name is H.J. Ruiz, Photography has been my passion since I can remember. This blog is a non-profit way to contribute a bit of knowledge about birds of the world. Photographs are my Copyright. Please do not download any photos without my written permission. Your comments are welcome.

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Boat-Tailed Grackle

The Boat-tailed Grackles are smart birds according to studies…I agree with that! and I must add that they are very good at dancing modern music too!. Michael Jackson used to do the following dance steps. Do you remember?  See the photo below!

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Book Review # 39


Authors: Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin


“This bird guide is a straight forward book carefully planned with one thing in mind: Help the enthusiast birder or professional ornithologist, photographer, identify the species  and obtain clear and precise information pertinent to 900 species.

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The  560 pages guide has been artist illustrated in high quality accuracy with detail and color for each of the species.

The authors have been smartly thorough to create a no nonsense guide to answer the problematic confusion that other guides incur when adding to much extra unnecessary information about the species. After all, guides are not text books to study, they are rather tools to help identify species in the most efficient way possible.”

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H.J. Ruiz – Avian101.wordpress.com – May 29th, 2017

Publisher: Princeton University Press on June 14th, 2017