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4.0 out of 5 stars A review from the field, 19 Mar 2009
This review is from: Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides) (Paperback)
We recently undertook a safari to Tanzania. Taking in the sights of Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater & the Serengeti. We wanted a publication to identify the very varied birdlife we expected to see on our trip. It claims to contain details of 80% of almost 1300 species of the East African area, so this makes it a hefty but comprehensive tome. This proves to be both it's worth and its nuisance. On the negative, it is heavy so takes up most of your baggage allowance and if your not familiar with the types of birds, you can spend more time thumbing through the book rather than looking at the bird. But this is because it covers such a vast area. On the positive, it proved invaluable for identifying & confirming the variety of types. To be fair it was one of the first books to appear on the search and looked exactly want we wanted. There are books available specific to Tanzania, Collins do a good one, which may suit some who are just going to the one country. However, when there is a need to make detailed comparisons to positively identify species, this book was invaluable. My tip, if your a novice or going to one country, get something simple & specific like the Collins or get familiar with the layout of the book and the variety you will see, it will save you time in the field.
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