Peter Harrison Announces SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide
Posted by Peter Harrison
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The day I’ve been waiting for is finally here. I am proud to announce that my most ambitious work to date, SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide, will soon be arriving from the publisher. I have dedicated my adult life to the study of seabirds, and the last 15 years to writing and illustrating this book. Nothing will give me more joy than to share my life’s work with you.
This new book will comprise exactly 600 pages featuring 239 full-color plates and over 3,800 individual figures, together with full supporting identification keys, maps, and text. SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide covers all known seabirds, beginning with seaducks and grebes, and ending with cormorants and pelicans. This is the first comprehensive guide to the world’s 435 species of seabirds to be published since my 1983 award-winning publication, SEABIRDS: An Identification Guide.
Arguably, SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide will be the most lavishly-illustrated bird guide ever produced. Although it has been 15 years in the making, all identification text and figures have been kept up to date, with the latest scientific publications and notes. Of special significance will be the description of the Pincoya Storm-petrel, a species I discovered 10 years ago in February 2011.
We’ve been receiving many inquiries about the book, asking if you can order an autographed copy of the book now. The answer is “Yes, absolutely!” I invite you to visit my new website, www.peterharrisonseabirds.com where you can purchase the book and provide any special instructions for how you would like the book inscribed. The books are expected to begin shipping in late July.
Now that SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide is just days away from its official publication date, my attention will now turn to what I call “The Conservation Edition”. This limited and boxed collector’s edition will be a larger format so that the full beauty and execution of the plates can be properly and adequately appreciated and studied. As I have devoted my adult life to supporting habitat restoration programs, I’ve decided to dedicate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Conservation Edition to seabird protection. You can sign up at www.peterharrisonseabirds.com to receive notifications about The Conservation Edition which is scheduled to be published later this year.
I wish to thank all of you who have supported me in the creation of this book and have cheered me on through the final stretch. And to seabirders around the world, I invite you to be one of the first to own SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide—a one-of-a-kind guide, written and illustrated by a seabirder for seabirders.
P.S. You might enjoy this short clip of SEABIRDS: The New Identification Guide being printed in Barcelona on May 26, 2021.