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Small Pelagic Field Guide for NE Atlantic cruise? (1 Viewer)


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My husband and I will be going on a cruise from NYC to Quebec in early Sept. It isn't a bird-specific cruise but we are hoping to see some pelagic birds while we're aboard (I'm not sure what the likelihood of this is, since we've never been on a cruise before!)

We usually rely on apps in the field for ID, but I'm not sure what our wifi access will be like. Does any one have a recommendation for a good travel size pelagic guide that we could take with us? I'd LOVE a pamphlet type one for ease of packing, but thats probably wishful thinking.

Also if anyone has been birding on a big cruise ship, is it worth it to bring a scope, or will it be too "bumpy" on the water to use?

John Cantelo

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If you want to cover wildlife in general then Bradt publish a book on the wildlife of the North Atlantic specifically aimed at cruising ....

However, I think "A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife: Marine Mammals, Seabirds, Fish, and Other Sealife
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife" (Yale University Press) is a more practical field guide and comprehensive book. Nicely illustrated too
See - http://www.nhbs.com/title/140027/a-field-guide-to-north-atlantic-wildlife

Jim M.

Choose Civility
We usually rely on apps in the field for ID, but I'm not sure what our wifi access will be like.

Most bird ID apps, e.g. the Sibley guide, do not require wi fi access to function once you have downloaded the relevant data.

As for scopes, I have been told by cruise ship veterans that they can be useful on such ships.
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Stuck in Dundee.....
With regards the pamphlet type of ID guide, this might be of interest -

The illustrations are rather crude-looking and relatively basic (and black and white) though there is annotation alongside the illustrations, but it is very lightweight and printed on waterproof paper. It has only 32 pages. It does sound exactly what you are looking for, and is designed specifically for pelagic birding in the North Atlantic. Probably at least worthy of a look.

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