Top critical review
Excellent book, let down by poor binding
on 5 August 2015
This is a brilliant book! I'm no bird expert so I can’t vouch for its accuracy but I’ve found it invaluable for identifying birds I've photographed on safaris to the Masai Mara. The images in this book are high quality and I love the way the author has included shots to show variations - as well as the expected male/female shots there are also immature birds and breeding plumage in some cases which makes it so much easier to ID a bird. There are also very helpful images of vultures & raptors in flight.
The text that accompanies each picture is concise and adds plenty of useful facts to aid identification such as size, key characteristics, bird calls and where you're likely to see the bird. The book itself is helpfully divided into habitats which makes it quite easy to find a bird you're trying to ID. (This may confuse you initially if, for example you think all kingfishers would be under 'Marsh & Water' - some are insect eaters and are correctly found under 'Woodland and Scrub').
At £18 it’s a tad on the expensive side but I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a book on birds of the Masai Mara.
Having said all that, why only 3 stars? Sadly the copy I received began to fall apart almost immediately due to poor binding. In less than 48 hours of flicking back and forth through it, the front cover had come off and large gaps were forming between bound sections. Such a pity as this is an otherwise excellent book. This copy is going back today but ill re-order a replacement in a couple of weeks and hope for a better version. If it is, then it will definitely warrant 5 stars.