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The Helm Guide to Bird Identification Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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a godsend to anyone wanting to tell a bar-tailed from a black-tailed godwit, a firecrest from a goldcrest or a greenfinch from a siskin.', --Daily Express
'a helpful new book. ...It is carefully detailed but it is also agreeably written.', --Times
It does exactly as it says on the cover. ...a fine book', Sunday Express 'this is an indispensable addition to your library.', --Scottish Birds
About the Author
Keith Vinicombe is one of Britain's top ID experts, writing regularly for Birdwatch magazine on the subject. Alan Harris is one of the world's top bird artists. '
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This new version, which was one of the first books I downloaded onto my newly acquired Kindle, is even better and reflects the modern treatment of some species such as large Gulls and vagrant Warblers. The text is more extensive( with a valuable "Where and When" intro) and written with clarity, yet conciseness , without rambling into specialist ornithological terms so both the beginner and advanced birders can understand. There are some new illustrations of the "new" species with some revisions of the older ones and yet again wonderfully reproduced with relevant accompanying text.
This book will appeal to birders on every level; from those who can't tell a Carrion Crow from a Raven to those struggling with juvenile Herring & Caspian Gulls. Well worth the £11.32 I paid--just to look at it!!! Now if Bloomsbury or Helm can provide a Kindle version of its counterpart-The Birders Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds- published in 1996, my life will be complete.....
A most useful addition to anyones bird book collection.
The content is superb, unquestionably five stars. Drawings are excellent and information is unrivalled (bar Couzens' 'Brids ID and Insights' another great book that is smaller, but better organised). If you want a book to clarify whether this is a Black Tern, a white-winged Black or a Whiskered Tern, this is the one
So why two stars? Simply because the binding for this book is simply not fit for purpose. A chunky book with high quality paper that needs to live in the pocket or the car glove box deserves a quality binding, not thin and very flimsy cardboard, especially when the price is the wrong side of £20. If this was the quality of the ubiquitous Collins Bird Guide, I would not be complaining, but this really is poorly bound. What a shame Bloomsbury!