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Pocket-guide to Southern Africa Birds Paperback – 12 Sep 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbird; 3Rev Ed edition (12 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1919938656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1919938653
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,820,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Used this when travelling in the Okavango Delta, Etosha and Chobe. Extremely useful and practical, with colour photos of all the birds, a map showing which parts of Southern Africa they can be found in, info on mating habits, living habits, social habits. Most importantly its small and compact so easy to carry around with you when you are walking etc Buy it!
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Can't believe that spiderboy could expect that a 'pocket guide' that has a over 400 birds listed could have multiple views of these species. I took this book through South Africa and Botswana and I am happy to recommended it to all. With the camera equipment I carry it is essential that I keep books to a minimum. Whilst lugging a huge reference guide around Africa may have allowed me to identify more birds. Finding them amongst the 1000+ birds in 600 pages in complete guides is time consuming and often difficult. Searching books also distracts me from searching for the real thing! I have a guide to birds of east Africa that I referred to on return to Australia from Tanzania and still needed to ask for help on the web for birds of prey and others that I have razor sharp photos of. The pocket guide was quick light and had the vast majority of birds I searched for. Great little book!
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It's a big ask to provide a book that is pocket-sized, yet covers the common birds of South Africa. Flicking through the book in the field, I found this less than comprehensive and about as useful as a chocolate tea spoon. Most annoying was that the book only provided one photo of the common birds of prey - and that was always a perched bird! As any birder knows, birds of prey are typically seen through bins high up in the air, making it impossible to identify even the largest and most conspicuous vultures using the information provided in this book. Spend more money and get a decent field guide.
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