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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and practical wildlife guide
This guide covers the wildlife found South of The Antarctic Convergence (the area where the warm currents coming south meet the cold currents going north). Whilst this is logical in geographical and natural history terms, it may be a disappointment to those whose holiday includes the Falkland Islands that although South Georgia is covered the Falklands are not. I do not...
Published on 26 Oct 2002 by P.M.Mitchell

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the main species
This is a brief guide to the main species that you will see on a trip to the Antarctic and if you are visiting for the general experience rather than from the perspective of a budding Attenborough/Soper/Oddie (enter name a fave naturalist here) then it'll be good value and not take up too much valuable baggage allowance.
The drawings are attractive and clear, and the...
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and practical wildlife guide, 26 Oct 2002
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P.M.Mitchell (Aberdeen, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This guide covers the wildlife found South of The Antarctic Convergence (the area where the warm currents coming south meet the cold currents going north). Whilst this is logical in geographical and natural history terms, it may be a disappointment to those whose holiday includes the Falkland Islands that although South Georgia is covered the Falklands are not. I do not know how much of a problem this will turn out to be in practice.
The book concentrates mainly on birds and marine mammals, although there are two or three pages on each of terrestrial plants and insects, marine invertebrates and fish. Dafila Scott's illustrations are a delight, being works of art in their own right as well as showing the identifying features clearly. Most species are allocated two pages, including distribution maps and information on behaviour and feeding habits as well as field characteristics. A particularly useful feature of the pages on whales is pictures of the outlines of the different species as seen above the water, and the shape of the "blow" - a very practical addition to the usual pictures of the whole whale as if stuffed in a glass case!
An introductory chapter on the discovery and exploitation of the wildlife of the area provides an interestingly different slant from the usual information on the discovery and exploration of the continent.A final detail which will be useful when comparing notes with people of other nationalities is a list of the names of the birds and animals in English, French, German and Spanish.
I had hesitated over ordering this book as I was also purchasing the Lonely Planet Guide to Antarctica, which has a 30-page wildlife guide. I have not regretted my decision. Although the additional information is not enormous, and some people may feel the Lonely Planet Guide is adequate for their needs, I felt that this book is well worth buying for its beauty and clarity. It may seem a little expensive for a mere 144 pages, but it is light to carry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the main species, 2 Mar 2009
This is a brief guide to the main species that you will see on a trip to the Antarctic and if you are visiting for the general experience rather than from the perspective of a budding Attenborough/Soper/Oddie (enter name a fave naturalist here) then it'll be good value and not take up too much valuable baggage allowance.
The drawings are attractive and clear, and the text authoritative, so it will add a lot to the experience by making sure that you know what you're looking at and is therefore heartily recommended. You'll soon be telling the difference between a Skua and GP (Giant Petrel) at a glance !
However, the enthusiastic wildlife watcher will want "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife" which will enable accurate identification of all species, rather than the top 50 - but at a price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Jun 2013
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Product was exactly as described and once again under the Amazon banner was cost effective, did everything it claimed and was delivered in advance of expectations.

Once this has worn out or been used I will return to this buyer for a replacement.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bradt Travel Guide on Antarctica wildlife, 27 Feb 2010
This review is from: Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)) (Paperback)
This book is a good companion for anyone travelling to the Antarctic and is small enough to carry in the field.
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