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Collins Complete Guide to British Birds: A Photographic guide to every common species: Photoguide (Collins Complete Photoguides) [Paperback]

Paul Sterry
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5 April 2004 Collins Complete Photoguides

A best-selling field guide from the best nature publisher in the UK

The Collins Complete British Birds makes bird identification easier than ever before. It is the most complete field guide to British birds ever published and the only one to be designed to give everything that you need on each spread in a simple to use format. Every text entry covers indentification of adults and juvenilles, songs and calls, and where they are most likely to be found. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography and maps to show where in Britain the birds are found, in which months and cross-references to similar-looking species, it contains everything a birdwatcher needs to know in one, easy-to-use, portable volume and is the perfect photographic field guide for the birdwatching beginner.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000717229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007172290
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Sterry is a biologist, author and photographer whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years. He has travelled widely, pursuing his interest in the natural world, gathering photographic material for his books, and taking stock images for his photo library, Nature Photographers Ltd (http://www.naturephotographers.co.uk). Recently, Paul's interests have centred on British wildlife and its conservation. He has written more than 50 books on British wildlife, including numerous field guides. Almost all the titles are largely illustrated by images from the archive of Nature Photographers Ltd. Among Paul's most proud achievements are books in the critically acclaimed 'Collins Complete' series of field guides; recent titles on Coastal Wildlife, and Mushrooms and Toadstools, have set new standards in terms of image quality and the role that photography has to play in the identification of plants and animals.

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‘ … try to devote an hour-long slot to twitching each week. Take lots of photographs, then use a good book such as Collins Complete British Birds Photoguide to identify them.’ Amateur Gardening

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Paul Sterry is an internationally acclaimed photographer and birdwatcher.

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385 of 388 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readible and excellent photographs 10 July 2005
Collins Complete British Birds Photoguide has everything you would ever need in a bird book. It gives a very detailed introduction to British birds and a highly useful section on bird habitats, plumage, migration and movements and conservation at the start of the book without making the text sound too boring.
The photographs in the book are absolutely superb and show birds in every plumage; male and female, adult or juvenile, summer or winter and they are very clear. Each species account gives a description of plumage patterns, voice, where the bird is likely to be found and its status in the country at large, and also (which I found very useful) a bit on where the best place to find the bird is and at what time of year, the distribution maps are very clear and include a calendar bar to show if the bird in question is a year round resident or a visitor.
I found the text very easy to read (unlike most bird books which tend to be very scientific and hard to understand) and is a great book to have. Buy it, I guarantee you will not be wasting your money.
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163 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bird guide 7 Jan 2005
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This is the best bird indentifying book I've seen.
A great layout. Photos (not sketches) of each bird including male, female, juvenile....It also includes information on each bird size, voice, migration, habitat and areas. Also there are pictures of 'uncommon' visitor birds at the back and a lovely general introduction of habitats at the front of the book.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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I read the reviews and decided to buy the book based on the high proportion of 5* ratings. I was not disappointed!

The book is the size of an average paperback, has a protective clear plastic sleeve, glossy pages, stunning photographs & great summaries on key facts of interest about each bird - definitely the best 7.99 I've spent in a long time!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book you are looking for 26 Nov 2007
I purchased this book along with the RSPB one .
however the Collins book was more descriptive with full coulour photo's and not drawings as the rspb's it also shows the birds in flight which helps you if you are a beginner less you might not be so quick with the binocc's
So well worth the pounds and five stars
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Photography 8 Aug 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
If truth be told most of the birds books for sale these days are excellent for identification purposes. Printing techniques, particularly with the use of colour have improved dramatically and a book that would have cost 100 not many years ago, can now be purchased for a tenth of the price.

This book is full of good quality colour photographs that are ideal for identification. The book also tell you where in the British Isles a particular species is usually to be found. Whether the bird is to be found all year round or whether it is just a visitor to our shores. It also shows the birds in their different plumage: Male and female, juvenile etc.

Modern bird books consciously do not show photographs of eggs and I must admit it is something I miss, although I totally understand the reasoning behind it. All in all this is another of a number of books that are well worth purchasing if you have either a passing interest in birds or are more serious about bird watching.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly there 23 Aug 2010
Having obtained the book for my husband who is a wildlife photographer, it has been found to be a very good source of general information. The only thing that lets it down is that, when you look closely, much of the descriptive text tells very little about the subject. These is no description of nest types for most of the birds, nothing about the egg, colour, size etc.
The worst thing i found about the book, which is aimed at the everyday watcher and not the specialist, is the order of the book. I realise that it is in the general order of classification, but that order is for the specialist. Most people buying this book want to easily and quickly identify the birds in their garden or area. This book leaves garden birds tucked away to the back, the first 154 pages being dedicated to water birds then start the more popular birds followed by more water birds, then sea birds, and finally back to a few more varieties found in the garden or countryside habitats.
The book has an advantage over older books that rely on drawn pictures, but is let down by the scientific format of its structure. Older books usually kept the birds sectioned by habitat so if you wanted a bird seen in broadleafed woodland that was where you looked.
For those producing future books or revisions to this one should remember that most people who watch birds are not twitchers and scientists, and that the clasification of these birds was done at a time when new species were still being 'discovered'.
For the general public a better and more user friendly format would be to start with Garden birds, then broadleafed woodland, coniferous, open farmland, marshes, Raptors, lakes and rivers, seabirds, and finally the rearer visitors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds for beginners 1 Feb 2009
I have just taken up a new interest, bird watching. This little book contains all a begginner like me needs. Each page shows a differnt bird, size, colouring, habitat etc. You also get information on what to feed the birds in your garden and what type of plant life they appreciate. Great Value.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good book with plenty of information
Published 11 hours ago by W M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It has become a permanent reference book for us
Published 9 days ago by Peter Pritchett-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift for an enthusiast
Published 11 days ago by katrini
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations
Excellent reference book. Very useful for both beginners with a new interest in identifying birds in their gardens and enthusiasts too.
Published 18 days ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and very informative.
What a fantastic book, my father is confined to bed but one of the joys in his life is to watch the wildlife in the garden and this book helped him to identify the many species of... Read more
Published 25 days ago by mr david reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars good pictures, but not enough about each bird.
Rather disappointed,did not realise it was only a photographic book on birds- But very good photos.
Would have liked more detail about each bird. shame
Published 1 month ago by Shirley and George
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird Book
Bought this for my husband. His old book was a bit ancient. He loves this. The photos are excellent and there are more species in it. Good value. Everyone is happy!
Published 1 month ago by Ronbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I was looking for reasonable sized book to carry in the car. This completely outstripped my expectation. Excellent book, delivered promptly and comes thoroughly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Mr A B Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photos
Ideal for general interest or a beginner bird spotter. Not a great deal of information on each bird but the photos are beautiful
Published 2 months ago by George Eliot
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