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An excellent book, however, there are other kids on the block?
on 22 January 2012
The quality of this publication cannot be doubted, but, as nothing can be, it's not all things to all men. I would strongly recommend an older Collins Field Guide, 5th edition 1993, by Roger Tory Peterson. It is still in print, albeit marketed as a Peterson Field Guide, the text and plates are identical.
I have owned both books for a decade or more, but for field trips, it has to be 'the Peterson'. The bird images are larger, many are depicted above and below, arrows - pointers - draw ones attention to vital plumage, and physical differences of like species. Top tips from an expert?
I would urge you to flout convention and fashion, and consider 'the Peterson', an older book sure, but it might just surprise you.
P.S. I have, since my initial review (above) found the 'Philips Bird Guide', and was MOST impressed, a wonderful guide - look it up, I urge you, a 5* guide in both plates & text. I've spotted an obviously annotated edition lying on the 'Springwatch' table. At £7 approx., it's a no brainer - really!!