RSPB Guide to Birdwatching: A Step-by-step Approach (Rspb) (German) Paperback – 15 Oct 2008
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' A beginner's dream ' --Highland News (Feb 2009)
About the Author
Mike Unwin is a knowledgeable naturalist and experienced author and illustrator, who has written several children's natural history books.
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The first section (Getting Started) uses eight clear steps to teach us about the physical adaptations of birds including plumage, structure, wings, feet, beaks and so on. It also explains how and why birds sing, and why some birds don't have a song. The next part (Getting Closer) introduces the tools of the trade - optical equipment, clothing and books. It also tells you how to interpret distribution maps and how to keep your own useful notes. There is a general introduction to the various bird groups. The third chapter (Finding the Birds) runs through the main habitat types. Basic behaviour and biology is covered in another section (Understanding Birds) and another (Helping Birds) particularly covers bird feeding and nestboxes. The closing chapter provides all the links you need to take your hobby from where it is to wherever you want it to be - whether that is joining a club, volunteering to clear scrub, taking part in surveys, ringing or taking photographs. There is a checklist of 270 regularly-occurring British birds, although it would have been helpful to indicate the abundance of each and the likely seasons that they will occur.
Of course you can't learn fieldcraft from a book, but as a complete novice if you were locked up and forced to read this book from cover to cover I think that on your release you could convince many birdwatchers that you had been an active birder for many years!
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This volume is really interesting and very usefull for a beginner.Published 8 months ago by Cliente Amazon
Lovely book, used many times now on walks and very useful information.
Nicely illustrated and not too large for good sized pocket in a walking jacket!