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5.0 out of 5 stars The best field guide to any avifauna, 26 Sep 2007
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Christopher J. Sharpe "Chris Sharpe" (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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This book emerged onto a highly competitive market already burgeoning with numerous field guides covering the region, most by renowned authors and many having benefitted from improvement over several editions. Quite simply though, this book won instant recognition as the best field guide available for Europe - and perhaps a model for field guides everywhere. Its authors are well known experts in their field having spent many years studying and publishing on the birds of the region. However, the key to the guide's success is the fact that so much more useful information has been condensed into a guide which is much the same size as existing books. The book boasts excellent illustrations, succinct text and handy maps, all presented on a the same page. Small enough to fit into a pocket (about the same size as the National Geographic guide) and cheap, it is a must for anyone visiting Europe. As one reviewer has already pointed out, it is indispensable in Alaska too - not just for Palaearctic vagrants, but for regular shorebirds and some residents. Don't hesitate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Bird Guide in a different cover: an essential buy unless you already have the other identical version!!, 2 Aug 2010
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M. Botham (Cambridge) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Birds of Europe: (Second Edition) (Princeton Field Guides) (Paperback)
As any bird enthusiast will tell you this book is a must have, as must have as is the Collins Bird Guide which is the same book. I hadn't realised this myself and have just purchased this copy after already having bought the Collins bookCollins Bird Guide. As far as i can make out, with the exception of the front and back cover and the title of the book, these two books are completely identical. Perhaps I should've realised this before I bought it, but it is not made obvious in the product description and it is further misleading that the Collins version is recommended to you in addition to this book AND the 'Customer's who bought this also bought' blurb also suggests you should purchase both books. Unless I have been sent a mis-print, these books are identical(even the text that is more specific to British distribution is the same) and so you do definitely not need to buy both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is same as Collins Bird Guide, 27 Jan 2013
This review is from: Birds of Europe: (Second Edition) (Princeton Field Guides) (Paperback)
I bought a book on European birds because I live in France. The abundance rating throughout the book refers to that of UK, useful for when I visit the UK but otherwise meaningless. I don't understand the thinking behind selling this as a book of European birds when it is just the Collins book for the UK with the front cover changed.
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