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A Comprehensive Guide To British Birds [DVD]

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADXH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An informative guide to birds of the British Isles, this comprehensive DVD includes all the familiar birds that we see everyday, to the rarest that are seldom seen. This programme is an ideal guide for youngsters learning to identify birds, experienced birdwatchers or anyone with a bird table who enjoys watching their antics from the comfort of an armchair. Special menus highlight various facts about each of the 72 birds featured from diet and wingspan, to population numbers and breeding locations. The identification of each bird is simple with each one carrying a number that corresponds to the index below: COUNTRY BIRDS 1. Rook 2. Lapwing 3. Woodpigeon 4. Carrion Crow 5. Jackdaw 6. Magpie 7. Gt. Spotted Woodpecker 8. Kestrel 9. Meadow Pipit 10. Skylark 11. Stonechat 12. Swallow 13. Heron 14. Snipe 15. Tufted Duck 16. Chiff Chaff 17. Shoveler 18. Dartford Warbler 19. Wheatear 20. Linnet 21. Gt. Crested Grebe 22. Teal 23. Pochard 24. Goldfinch URBAN BIRDS 1. Greenfinch 2. Great Tit 3. Blue Tit 4. Starling 5. Blackbird 6. Black-Headed Gull 7. Song Thrush 8. Robin 9. Wren 10. Collared Dove 11. House Martin 12. Chaffinch 13. Feral Pigeon 14. Moorhen 15. Coot 16. House Sparrow 17. Dunnock 18. Fieldfare 19. Redwing 20. Mallard 21. Mute Swan 22. Blackcap 23. Mistle Thrush 24. Siskin COASTAL BIRDS 1. Curlew 2. Turnstone 3. Redshank 4. Bar-tailed Godwit 5. Dunlin 6. Sanderling 7. Common Tern 8. Ringed Plover 9. Grey Plover 10. Brent goose 11. Shag 12. Cormorant 13. Oystercatcher 14. Great Black-Backed Gull 15. Lesser Black-Backed Gull 16. Herring Gull 17. Fulmar 18. Razorbill 19. Puffin 20. Sandwich Tern 21. Guillemot 22. Kittiwake 23. Gannet 24. Rock Pipit

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The major problem with this DVD is that your expectations and your appetite will have been conditioned by years of watching BBC wildlife programmes. As the DVD loads you expect Bill Oddie or someone to take you on a guided tour. You anticipate a narrative, with abundant information, beautiful camerawork, anecdotes, a touch of humour, a sense of the excitement the presenter feels. Instead, you get a reference guide ... and, while this does throw you for a moment or two, that's precisely what this DVD sets out to provide.
There are several excellent books on the market which offer a handy reference guide to British birds and wildlife. Their problem is that they can only offer you a couple of still photographs or drawings of each bird. This "Comprehensive Guide to British Birds" is so much more effective. Divided into three groups - birds of the town, the country, or the coast - twenty four birds are featured in each category. You get a detailed study of each one, with several minutes to observe it in flight, nesting, feeding, etc., getting to know it from every angle; the commentary describes its habits, habitat, changes in its plumage, easy hints to recognise it and distinguish it from similar birds. You learn how to tell a rook from a jackdaw or carrion crow, how to recognise a female siskin, and so on.
The DVD is menu driven - look up the bird you want to study, click on the button, and hey presto! Alternatively, you can play your way through all seventy-two to familiarise yourself with the most common British birds.
It's a very useful starter kit for the novice, and, if you want to impress your kids, this will give you a lot of credibility - in fact, let them watch it, they'll learn quickly. It is a starter kit, but no less useful for that.
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I bought this DVD set with a specific purpose and that was how to identify British birds from their song. e.g. Your walking out in the country or in a wood and you'd like to be able to know which birds are singing.
This DVD is excellent for bird Identification by sight, but unfortunately it doesn't explicitly illustrate the way each bird "sings".
I thought this DVD would have included this, but it doesn't.
Its only for the lack of this that I give it 4 stars instead of 5.
If you really want to know bird song, you would be better buying a CD with bird song recordings on it.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2007
For those who prefer to glean their information from a screen rather than a printed page this DVD has everything that the novice twitcher, or for that matter the more experienced bird watcher is likely to need. I like the way it is broken down into coastal, urban and country birds.

It contains all of the more common birds that we are likely to see every day, although you may have to go further afield than your own garden and also the rarer birds that can be a little more difficult to find.

Special menus highlight various facts about each of the 72 birds featured from diet and wingspan, to population numbers and breeding locations. All in all a reasonably comprehensive DVD and well worth having, although I do prefer my books.
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Any budding twitcher will find this DVD useful when starting out. It is comparativeley inexpensive and provides useful information to enable you to identify birds. It does only cover 70+ birds so if you see something not included on the disc you could be stuck. Ideal starter for the young family wanting to learn about birds they are likely to see at home, in the country, and at the seaside. Good value.
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What you get is a guide to common birds with moving pictures which, of course, you don't get in a book. There are a lot of birds to get through so not too much time is spent on each but if you want a simple easy to follow guide, which is all I wanted, then at these prices you just cannot go wrong. Just but it. The cost is less than a bag of wild bird seed.
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Better ones out there but this was very cheap. I probably would not have bought it if Id known what I know now.
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part of a present but sure it will please
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Excellent. Good Quality. Arrived on time
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