- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408134691
- ISBN-13: 978-1408134696
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 51.9 x 550.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Birds of Senegal and The Gambia (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – Illustrated, 5 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Nik Borrow is a freelance artist and bird tour leader. He is the sole illustrator and co-author of Birds of Western Africa and its spin-off title, Birds of Ghana, both in the Helm Field Guides series. Ron Demey is a freelance ornithologist who wrote the text for both Birds of Western Africa and Birds of Ghana.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not a regular bird watcher but like to identify unknown birds when out and about, and this easy to use guide made the holiday more interesting.
The guide begins with a traditional contents page followed by a nice map of the countries concerned with park locations, geographic features, roads, town and rivers. There is also a small inset map showing the countries place in West Africa. The how to use this book section covers the text and maps and plates. Pages on climate and habitat follow with a map of important bird areas of both countries. Taxonomy, organizations, bird topography, a glossary and abbreviations follow.
The main body of the book is of course the plates. Nik Borrow's excellent work is depicted in large, bright images, many of which are much larger than in previous guides. Plumages for male, female and juveniles are shown where relevant. Many species are also shown in flight like shorebirds, skuas, gulls, terns, raptors, nightjars and swifts. The artwork seems slightly brighter and crisper than in previous guides too. The plates are faced by the text which includes a multicolored map showing distribution in the area. Each species section begins with some notes on the species themselves before each individual species is covered. Descriptions of plumage and id characters are described with the main features to look out for in bold text. Habits and Habitat are covered next then a description of voice which is followed by a CD reference to Claude Chappuis's wonderful set of recordings from the region.Read more ›
Frankly I am baffled at this decision. The Gambia is a major birding destination thanks in no small part to the excellent field guide it had. By this one thoughtless decision Helm have set back the cause of birds and birding in the Gambia enormously.
Buy Barlow's guide in preference to this; it's still available on the Internet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I brought it for my brother who found it very useful on his recent birdwatching trip to The Gambia.Published 5 months ago by Mary O
Clearly illustrated, good comprehensive guide with useful location maps.Published 14 months ago by Mrs Emily R A Barclay
Very good field guide. Ideal for a birding holiday in The Gambia. Well packaged and prompt delivery.Published 16 months ago by Mr. G. Gamble
A comprehensive guide that will accompany me on my trip there next novemberPublished 18 months ago by Frank