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RSPB Pocket Birds Paperback – 30 Jan 2003


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (30 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751336785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751336788
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.5 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Elphick and John Woodward are both renowned Natural History consultants, specialist ornithologists and widely published authors. They live in London and Surrey respectively.

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179 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the best field guides I have seen. It is for birds in both Britain and Europe and is a handy size to carry around. The photographs used are stunning and for each bird there is an amazing amount of information:
- Several photos of each bird, with one large photo annotated to show distinguishing features.
- Paragraph explaining many interesting facts about the bird
- Drawings showing the bird in flight (several for birds of prey)
- Type of habitats they live in
- Small map to show regions where they can be found and at what time of year
- Many show both the male and female at different times of the year. Also for some birds the juvenile and immature adult as well.
- Calls of the birds
- Nesting habits
- Feeding behaviour
- Similar types of species
- Small symbols to show size of bird relative to four well known species (which you don’t find in many guides and I find it most useful)
- Often tips to explain any details between closely related species, so you can tell them apart.
Basically, a very thorough guide with such a large amount of detail in a useful size. If you need a bird guide, this is the one you should buy. Highly recommended
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
This nice little pocket guide is essential for everyone who is beginning to observe birds .It contains all the species that one is likely to find in the British Isles .
Identification of birds is made easy by comparing the birds with the most similar species and highlighting the differences.
This guide will fit into any small back pack and will resist the past of time very well .
Reasonably priced and of a very nice size this guide and a pair of binoculars is all you need to start bird watching.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Feb 2006
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This is the best field guide that I have seen and used, and it's one that actually fits in a pocket! The colour pictures are superb, along with a useful amount of facts and reference material. This is a nicely scaled version of the large format RSPB Bird Guide. I also think that this is a lot of pocketable guide for the money.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2007
Format: Paperback
There are literally hundreds of bird identification books on the bookshelves and to be fair most of them are excellent, obviously some are more comprehensive than others and cater for all tastes from the casual watcher right through to the enthusiast.

This a small book and in this case, small is beautiful. Its size is what is important to me. There is nothing worse than having to carry a book around plus a pair of binoculars, camera etc. Obviously the content of the book is very important too and this one will certainly hold its own with any other type of guide. We would expect nothing less from an RSPB book. The photographs are stunning and there is plenty of information on each bird featured. I don't think that you will get a better compact 'field book' than this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on 21 Aug 2008
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Brilliant book, with just enough info for anyone who has a general interest in that little bird over there with the interesting call. Good clear pics that are actually photos and not some artist's impression (always puts me off).

this is my second copy. first copy got left on a hill in scotland somewhere ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Nawrat on 22 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book several years ago when I became a more serious birdwatcher and it has served me as an excellent field guide ever since.

It is very useful to any birdwatcher, regardless of experience, because of the detailed information, excellent photographs and concise introduction to bird anatomy at the beginning of the book. The species comparison features are also very handy (e.g. similar species and size comparison to common birds) because they aid quick and accurate identification. Moreover the succinct text and clear layout make it particularly accessible to a beginner. Finally, it is small and pocket-sized, making it an ideal book to take out birdwatching.

If you are looking for an interesting, easy-to-read and informative field guide, I strongly recommend that you purchase "RSPB Pocket Birds".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimzi on 12 May 2009
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I would not regard this as a pocket book unless you have a large pocket but it is comparatively small and is well illustrated and gives lot of details of our feathered friends and their location, habitat etc. I wish though that it was divided into two with only birds living in this country and the european ones separately - ie I was curious about a bird which came into my garden, thought I had found it in the book then saw it didn't come within miles of the UK shores. When I get time I am going to go through the book and put a cross by the ones which don't come here, should make life easier for a quick check up when something unusual turns up in my garden. I can't help but wish I had one tenth of the two authors knowledge
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaetano W on 30 Jan 2009
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I found this book an excellent guide, with very good illustrations and identification tips, and light enough to carry around. The distribution maps are a little small and, on a personal note, I prefer an actual size to be given for a bird rather than the comparison guide that the book uses.
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