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Wildlife of the Galapagos (Traveller's Guide) Paperback – 3 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (3 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007248180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007248186
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.7 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I used the Galapagos Guide on a recent assignment and it proved
to be a winner ... these guides do come at a price, but they are an
investment worth making, as they will last forever."
-- Nick Smith, Outdoor Photography Magazine, May 2007

" I used the Galapagos Guide on a recent assignment and it proved to be a winner... these guides do come at a price, but they are an investment worth making, as they will last forever." -- Nick Smith, outdoor photography magazine, May 07

About the Author

Julian Fitter is a naturalist, conservationist, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in island ecosystems. Having been educated in the UK, Julian spent the next fifteen years in the Laboratory of Evolution in the Galapagos Islands, where he established and ran the first yacht charter operation when the islands received only a few hundred visitors each year. After that he spent time in the Falkland Islands, and more recently in Tristan da Cunha and New Zealand.

David Hosking is a wildlife photographer who, together with his wife Jean, runs the Frank Lane Picture Agency, one of Britain's most prominent natural history photo libraries. He also runs Hosking Tours Ltd, a company that specialises in nature photographic holidays.


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Just returned from the Galpagos. Half the visitors in my group had this book. It is small, well organised and covers all wildlife you will encounter (apart from fish, and you are bound to snorkel, and the Godwit bird) together with useful sections on the geology and, most importantly, the sites and walks you will be taken to by your guide.
This book is a must
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This is the book that our guide in the Galapogos used. I am no wildlife expert and I found I was easily able to identify the birds and animals I saw using this book. Only wish I had bought it before I traveled. This book cost $45US on the ship and $35US locally. I suggest you buy from Amazon before you go.
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We found this book very helpful, particularly in conjunction with our guide's comments. We could check up on the wildlife he had described, which helped us to remember and to label our photos more or less correctly. On the whole the illustrations were very good and the layout clear. Unfortunately it doesn't include fish, so snorkellers need another reference book.
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This guide is small and compact, has all the species and a lot of information. However I'm not really a fan of photo guides, at least for birds. They generally don't show the full range of plumages and markers to look out for in the field. This one is no exception. A lot of the species only have one photo so it will be impossible to identify the female, juvenile or winter plumages.
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This is a beautifully presented and very comprehensive guide to Galapagos wildlife. Flora, fauna (including invertebrates and fish) are categorised (mostly according to habitat), depicted clearly by colour photographs and accompanied by descriptions sufficiently detailed to ensure accurate identification.Additionally the book contains brief but enlightening sections on Geology, Vulcanology, Ocean Currents, Ecological and Vegetation Zones and History of the islands.There is also a short section on Local Conservation and another of Hints for Photographers.Of particular interest is the inclusion of individual maps of the most frequently visited islands showing visitor sites and a list - ' WATCH OUT FOR ' as well as other interesting information. The book concludes with a useful glossary and an extensive bibliography should one wish to delve even deeper into the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos.
I have enjoyed already reading this book and I am looking forward to using it 'in the field' on my forthcoming visit to these islands.Weighing about 450g /1lb this is not excessively heavy to pack. Buy a copy - you will not be disappointed !
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Having lived in the Galapagos most of my life, I wish I'd had this book while growing up, exploring the islands and guiding early visitors. The photographs are clear, the book well designed for easy identification and the text shows that the authors have a deep respect and understanding of the islands. If you don't get around to buying this book to take with you....buy it in mainland Ecuador or out in the Galapagos, only don't go without it.
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One or two species commonly seen not listed, and some illustrations picture only the male of the species, when the female is quite different, and the text does not mention this. (Darwins finches). Not all tourist paths mentioned, but those listed were excellent. Cruise ship National Park Guides (mandatory for all excursions) fill in the gaps.
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A very informative and helpful guide, providing a detailed and thorough manual of most of the wildlife to be seen, plus additional, relevant information about the conservation process, taking photos etc. The one major omission (albeit not in this guide's brief) is the absence of a section on the fish etc. seen on typical trips.
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