Take Flight with the Crossley ID Guide: Sunrise, Sunset

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One of the benefits of having so many plates devoted to one group of birds is that The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors can portray how raptors look in different types of light.

Have you ever noticed that birds look orangey at sunup or sundown? This can be confusing when trying to ID raptors based on their coloration. Be aware of this, and rely on plumage traits that are not color-related to make accurate IDs. The ability to see patterns as “shades of gray” helps. And of course, structure and manner of flight are always keys to raptor ID.

Challenge yourself to distinguish these early morning raptors.

To see ALL the sample plates from The Crossley ID Guide, click here.



  1. Dupatta boutique says:

    yeah so true…they do look so during sunrise or sunfall. and this makes them for fascinating.

  2. Response…the picture show the freedom of the birds