on 30 December 2013
Having admired the ID Insights articles in 'Birdwatching' magazine, its brilliant to have them all collected in one place. Obviously this guide doesn't cover every species, its supposed to help with the identification of the most difficult/similar species. You will still need a comprehensive field guide - this is the book you ponder over when your back in the warm after a days birdwatching!!
on 24 October 2013
Good book, good pictures, adequate information. At first had doubts in their purchase, but took a chance and was not sorry.
Overall good quality and a book quite interesting.
I would strongly recommend your purchase.
on 31 August 2013
Published & available, only within the last few weeks, reviews were unavailable (I prefer to do my homework before a purchase) nevertheless, I decided to buy based on the concept - printed on the cover - and that the author & illustrator were 'known' to me. I'm glad I took the chance, it states it's aimed at the 'improver', and strives to demystify known confusion species. In that, it goes a long way in fulfilling that goal. The book has a good 'feel' to it. Buy with confidence. P.S It's a hardback & same size as the smaller 'black Collins'.
on 1 September 2014
I passed over this title in Amazon's recommendations for several months till I accidentally used the 'Look Inside' facility. I was very impressed with what I read and decided to get a copy. As usual, the book arrived exactly as scheduled and was in generally good condition.
The contents are somewhat specialised but I think this is what most buyers will expect. The illustrations are very good, and many readers will be familiar with many of them from their original publication in Bird Guides but many are new and specially drawn. I found the text helpful and the illustrations particularly revealing. This will certainly sharpen up my recognition skills. Thoroughly recommended, even if it is a little large for the pocket when out watching!