BIRD BOOK CHOICES

  • Hi-

    short review- will add more later -

    Getting all these top notch photos for £20 ? It's a bargain !

    Nicely laid out and handy for Euro- holidays- Remember them?

    S

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  • Thanks S,      Here's an updated link to the book which costs £15.99 via Amazon. (other sellers are available ! )

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Just an update to my current ID Book collection for Field use.

    Although I still have a number of Traditional Paper Field Guides, that I use at home, I have switched to using the Kindle versions of my range of Guides, Birds and a wide range of other wildlife . I carry a ten inch tablet in the car and I also have a more pocketable 7 inch Tablet that I can carry a number of ID guides for various wildlife in a zoomable form . I have switched to a range of the Wild Guides Series which are all of a good standard and suit the Kindle format well.

    My Collins guide is still there in my collection But these days I use the Android App version, which includes a wide range of video and audio content, in addition to the full Image and text of the original - totally recommended and Is on my phone too so always with me

    Best regards
    Nigel

    | My Images |  Newport Wetlands on Flickr @barman58

  • Greetings everyone
    I was interested to see that my post was so old. Since then we have moved to the UK and are currently living in Dundee, Scotland (and have been for the past 5.5 years) while I study. We use the RSPB book we received when joining and also have a smaller RSPB(?) book in the car that lives in the side pocket of my door.
    We have visited most of the Lochs, RSPB and Scottish Wildlife Trust sites, and several birding spots further south. To be honest we are disappointed in the variety of birds and we can only put this down to rampant agriculture/farming. Even the so-called National Parks are full of sheep or cattle. I do think it is unfair to compare numbers with South Africa where there are naturally more birds because of the climate (10 species of Kingfisher, for example), but I would love to see more pressure on the farming community to create viable wooded corridors across the country (for all wildlife) and to see a lot more rewilding.
    Anyway, thanks for all your responses. A quick comment about bird books in South Africa. Sasol & Roberts are essential (you can also get a two-volume Roberts about A2 size that probably also comes with a hernia repair kit) and if you're going into Kruger Park then there are two excellent speciality bird books for that area (one by Ian Whyte, excellent, and another good one, also Sasol, by Warwick Tarboton).
    We hope to have many more birding years in the UK/British Isles and look forward to visiting many more sites in this lovely country.
    Take care
    Douglas
  • Hi

    Scotland ( being part of the British Isles ) is situated on the edge of continental Europe and our speciality birds are seabird colonies ( high %s of world populations) and we are a staging post for migration : We have no deserts or large deciduous forests and insecticidal spraying has decimated our insectivorous summer migrants ( as well as other reasons in their winter quarters).

    Scotlands islands are fantastic for birds ! I am planning to return to Shetland this autumn again.

    S

    For advice about Birding, Identification,field guides,  binoculars, scopes, tripods,  etc - put 'Birding Tips'   into the search box