Plates Good, Text Eh,
This review is from: Birds of Europe: With North Africa and the Middle East (Helm Field Guides) (Paperback)
I got this book in 2010 because I've heard it was a great guide for Western Palearctic. It kinda was, with some positive an negative ways. This review is about the 2006 edition of this book, with the owl.
1-Illustrations are awesome! They look so realistic, I loved them!
1-Though illustrations are good, some of them are misplaced, such as Caucasian and Hazel Grouses having very little illustrations, and they are above text, not front page of text!
2-Another negative thing of illustrations are that, for example, there's a page that includes plates of two species: Dunnock and Alpine Accentor. Lars has illustrated the Dunnock in a bush, but when it comes to Alpine, he has to illustrate it on a mountain, so he cuts two illustrations of certain species with a line, so upper part will be a bush, and other one will be a mountanious area. I guess you don't get what I mean but once you see it, it looks ugly.
3-Some of texts are wrong and misplaced. Some texts are at another page of illustration, just like old generation guides. Also I wouldn't guess that a new generation guide that has a 2006 edition would treat Yellow-legged Gull as "probably a race of herring gull". Shame!
4-Some of distrubution maps are wrong too. e.g. Arctic Skua, it appears in Mediterranean area either, but in here, it only showed that it only appears in Scandinavia and Scotland in Europe. Also, the placing of maps are really bad.
In conclusion, if you look for true and recent information, you don't need it, but for plates, it's perfect.
Hope this was helpful.
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