Ismail Hakan Kulacoglu

"bird lover of turkey"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (13 of 16)
Location: Ankara, Turkey


Top Reviewer Ranking: 571,863 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 16
New Holland European Bird Guide by Peter H. Barthel
New Holland European Bird Guide by Peter H. Barthel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For years, I have been looking for a field guide that covered a lot of species but had not-that-complicated text and good illustrations. As the time went on by, I finally understood that I couldn't find that kind of a guide in Turkey. So years passed and I had to go with Collins (which at the time was too complicated for me, but now my fav, guide) and Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide by Rob Hume (it was a good book but was a bit basic for my level).

Finally in the May of 2008 me and my family did a touristic trip to England, and I went to a bookstore in Oxford knowing the odds of finding a guide like that were high as England was the birding country of Europe. So I went to the section… Read more
The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Euro&hellip by Rob Hume
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This was one of the first bird guides that I bought. As I was a beginner back then (not even a beginner, I just liked the zoo birds) I didn't know any species except sparrows, doves and crows.

As I read it it really got myself into it. I couldn't believe that there were this many and beatiful birds in Europe. The text, despite it's shortness and basic, covered almost every detail you needed to easily identificate a bird. The illustrations were really awesome, you could see every single feather of a bird in those; and I liked how the artist illustrated the birds' habits, it really got the plates away from the un-natural, "stuffed" look of bird plates.

I also liked the… Read more
Birds of the Middle East (Helm Field Guides) by Richard Porter
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Improved, 16 Sep 2011
I got this books 1996 edition in 2007, and I loved it. I recently bought the second edition and I have to say that it is very improved and more user-friendly than ever.

Unlike the first edition, text is in front of the plates, which makes stuff much more easier, especially for a beginner. The other difference is that the maps are coloured to show where species breed, winter and/or appear during migration.

Majority of illustrations have changed, including larks, wagtails, majority of gulls, skuas, terns and almost all of waders, and much more! While some of illustrations are more detailed and easy now, some of are not, e.g. illustrations of larks and warblers now being… Read more