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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a Beginner or an Intermediate, 16 July 2012
This review is from: The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe (Hardcover)
This was one of the first bird guides that I bought. As I was a beginner back then (not even a beginner, I just liked the zoo birds) I didn't know any species except sparrows, doves and crows.

As I read it it really got myself into it. I couldn't believe that there were this many and beatiful birds in Europe. The text, despite it's shortness and basic, covered almost every detail you needed to easily identificate a bird. The illustrations were really awesome, you could see every single feather of a bird in those; and I liked how the artist illustrated the birds' habits, it really got the plates away from the un-natural, "stuffed" look of bird plates.

I also liked the colour coding, it was really helpful to find the bird that I was looking for.

I used this guide many years because it was definitely one of the best guides for beginners and intermediates.

As years passed, I started to learn a lot about birds and I needed a guide that covered more species with more detailed text and illustrations, so I looked for guides like that and I found Collins Bird Guide. That's was the time when this beginner-friendly book slowly got into other bird guides that I rarely used.

Today, as an experienced and near-professional birder, I use Collins Bird Guide, but when I'm bored or get sick of Collins Bird Guide, my first alternative guide is always this one. It has a special place for me. It reminds me of the time when I didn't know anything about the birds in the nature of Europe... It was an excellent guide when I was a beginner.
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2015 05:43:45 GMT
Wyndham says:
Interesting? Given this was first published in 2002, the Collins Guide (Peterson etc) in 1954. 'Black' Collins Guide (Svensson etc) 1999.
Experienced/Pro? Methinks that's a tad premature . . . . "used many years . . . as years past . . . "? Since 2002, earliest?
I smile.
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