on 7 October 2011
An excellent field guide with good plates...The text is basic but has enough info for quick I/D of all species within that area...the large sized numbers corresponding to the plates on each page are readily identified for quick analysis....it is slightly lighter than the full Sub-Continent guide which you may not need if only searching in the Northern areas and let's face it... any reduction in the weight of your kit has to be a priority for birdwatchers, especially when carrying binoculars, telescopes and cameras......the book is a worthy and acceptable addition...
on 11 December 2009
Just returned from Northern India and found this field guide very good. The binding stood up well with the continual use and the illustrations appeared accurate. Disappointed the key field recognition features were not identified on the colour plates (arrow or line). The plumage variations were well illustrated but (a very minor point) I found some a little jumbled for quick reference. Having now used the SASOL Birds of Southern Africa, I wonder why all guides do not have the "pencilled" outline around all plumage illustrations.