From National Audubon Society Magazine online,
"The new Stokes guide ... should put to rest any remnants of the debate over photos versus illustrations... the key to any guide, photographic or illustrated, is in the quality of the images and in having enough of them to show the birds in their diagnostic plumages and postures. The new Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America fulfills this requirement in spades... [It] is a strong candidate for the title of best field guide ever... The text is, perhaps the most expansive of any one-volume North American guide in print...since it arrived in my home, I haven't been able to put it down."
The Red-tailed Hawk gets four whole pages! The eye-catching photos are pooled from top bird photographers in North America, including Lillian Stokes herself...
The newest guide from Don and Lillian Stokes, The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America... promising to be the most comprehensive photographic guide ever published... by any objective measure the Stokeses have succeeded in creating a field guide that meets or exceeds that lofty standard… Birds are shown in every plumage you may... observe, at multiple angles, with particularly difficult identification issues given more room rather than less (Gulls are particularly well-represented)... Every subspecies is mentioned, if not pictured… And vagrants, even exceptionally rare ones, are pictured in all their glory, sometimes multiple times...This, then, is a guide that leaves absolutely nothing out... The success of a field guide stands or falls with the quality of its photos… the ones picked to flesh out this guide are stunning, many of them from Lillian Stokes own extensive collection, and laid out to great effect… the inclusion of all described subspecies and known hybrids is an excellent touch… The Stokeses have taken the medium about as far as it can go in a single volume, including just about everything that any birder would want, and that’s great... the Stokeses have truly put together a beautiful and comprehensive book.