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Old Wednesday 26th September 2018, 08:39   #176
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Others have mentioned re other titles, LYNX's 'stretching' (to the absolute limit) of material which already exists. Basically they're taking existing plates and text and just replicating them across several titles so they'll hope to sell at least two titles here, that we're aware of, rather than one.
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Have you looked at the guides? Whilst many of the original plates are being used, a lot of new illustrations have been / are being commissioned. The text is new and purpose written. HBW text was oriented more towards use at home or in a museum, which is appropriate for a handbook. You will find that Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides text is written for field use. Yes, of course there will be some degree of duplication between countries with very similar avifaunas, as there is with other field guides series. However, both text and plates will reflect specific national identification challenges, racial variation, vocal variation, etc. New range maps and distributional revision are another key strength.

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Old Wednesday 26th September 2018, 14:04   #177
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Have you looked at the guides? Whilst many of the original plates are being used, a lot of new illustrations have been / are being commissioned. The text is new and purpose written. HBW text was oriented more towards use at home or in a museum, which is appropriate for a handbook. You will find that Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides text is written for field use. Yes, of course there will be some degree of duplication between countries with very similar avifaunas, as there is with other field guides series. However, both text and plates will reflect specific national identification challenges, racial variation, vocal variation, etc. New range maps and distributional revision are another key strength.

Best wishes, Chris
Hi Chris,
haven't actually seen it yet as I'm in Russia but I have had it delivered and it's waiting for me in Nottingham.

Thanks for your input.

How is it over there, I recently wrote to Cecilia Herrera to enquire if she's ok but have had no reply. I was contemplating a trip to the Venezuelan Andes and parts we didn't do last time but seems a no go right now?
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Old Wednesday 26th September 2018, 20:19   #178
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Hi Andy

Reviews of the Thailand guide have been positive. See what you think.

Venezuela is tough, a deepening humanitarian crisis. I ran into Ceci in Bello Monte in March and she was fine. I'll let her know you're trying to contact her, though she has not replied to my last email. Internet is becoming a scarce luxury.

Have a good trip! Chris
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Reviews of the Thailand guide have been positive. See what you think.

Venezuela is tough, a deepening humanitarian crisis. I ran into Ceci in Bello Monte in March and she was fine. I'll let her know you're trying to contact her, though she has not replied to my last email. Internet is becoming a scarce luxury.

Have a good trip! Chris
Good to know Chris, hope things start to normalise soon, stay safe,
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 15:42   #180
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This English monograph on the Stellar's Sea Eagle taken from Russian literature looks interesting. Seeing them in Hokkaido during the winter is high up on my bucket list.
https://www.nhbs.com/stellers-sea-eagle-book
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Old Saturday 6th October 2018, 17:16   #181
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Snake guru Mark O'Shea has just pusblished a richly illustrated book on the 600 snake species of the World

The Book of Snakes: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World

https://www.amazon.com/Book-Snakes-L.../dp/022645939X
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There are about 3000 snake species.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 15:52   #183
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A few months before the HMW bat volume there will be another interesting book on bats. But only with 300 species.

Marianne Taylor: Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species

https://www.nhbs.com/bats-an-illustr...818&ad_id=2946
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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 15:38   #184
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https://www.nhbs.com/search?q=Ardnam...&qtview=218226

I think this will be on my Christmas list.
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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 16:58   #185
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A few months before the HMW bat volume there will be another interesting book on bats. But only with 300 species.

Marianne Taylor: Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species

https://www.nhbs.com/bats-an-illustr...818&ad_id=2946
Bats are so frustrating, even with good photos, many simply cannot be identified to species without a bat detector or in hand examination of the dentition.

I think this and the fact that they are often just a tiny dot, flying around at Mach 2, is why the appeal is relatively small among amateur naturalists?
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I think this will be on my Christmas list.
I have a signed copy which I got at the Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop. Not read it all yet just a few chapters but what I've read so far is very good! Nice photos too!
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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 17:59   #187
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I have a signed copy which I got at the Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop. Not read it all yet just a few chapters but what I've read so far is very good! Nice photos too!
That's good to know Nicola - cheers. Unfortunately I couldn't wait until Christmas so I ordered a copy today. Hopefully I'll be reading it with a nice glass of Red wine on Saturday after Wales beat the Boks

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Old Friday 14th December 2018, 12:59   #188
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Looking at Lynx facebook page it seems they are working on a new field guide to Cuba. I believe there is also people working on a Cuban title as part of the BOC book series.
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Looking at Lynx facebook page it seems they are working on a new field guide to Cuba. I believe there is also people working on a Cuban title as part of the BOC book series.
I had a questionnaire from them asking which countries I would prioritise for their next publications, every country was on the list from what I could see so it won't be a collection that's finished in my lifetime!
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According to the NHBS website in Sept 2019 Collins are producing a one volume field guide style "Birds of the World" (640pp 280 plates 25,000 illustrations covering 10,000 species) for £74.99. It's basically a collection of Norman Arlott's artwork from previous field guides he's done. I'm not a huge fan of his artwork but it should prove interesting!
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I see NHBS list a couple more interesting books promised for 2019 -

Rebirding Rewilding Britain and its Birds by Benedict Macdonald (Pelagic Publishing) in March.
Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire by Kirsten A Greer (University of North Carolina Press) in May. The latter volume might be somewhat obscure for some but, as a former History teacher with an interest in SW Spain (where the garrison in Gibraltar produced a number of ornithologists of note) and whose maternal family served in the army for several generations (never rising above NCO rank), it promises to be a highlight of the year!

On a negative note, I see that the slimmed down 'British' version of the Collins guide (which I think would have been excellent for beginners based here) has been abandoned.
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Phil Gregory's Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds book is not due until November now apparently. Pretty sure that when first announced it was due in June, then it was moved back to September. Unlikely to be published this year at all?

Shame as it was without a doubt the book I was looking forward to most this year. I find it odd that Helm are so quick to announce new titles, only for said titles to be pushed forward indefinitely (Birds of Argentina, Birds of Brazil, Birds of East Africa and Birds of Mongolia to name just a few).

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………….... I find it odd that Helm are so quick to announce new titles, only for said titles to be pushed forward indefinitely (Birds of Argentina, Birds of Brazil, Birds of East Africa and Birds of Mongolia to name just a few).
Most likely a mix of being overly optimistic and trying to cut back potential competition.
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If that's the case that may be a misjudgement... IF lynx's blurb that at least some of the top 10 countries are in the works / scheduled to be among the next field guides published then Helms guides to Brazil and Argentina for example may find that the competition has beaten them to it...
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I've said previosly somewhere else, that Lynx have all the artwork in place and I think we'll see a fairly rapid roll out of titles.
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That Lynx posting about the top ten most wanted Lynx Field Guides included Australia and New Zealand amongst them, quite odd as there are already some 5 Australian Field Guides, the most recent from 2017, and New Zealand has a pretty good one.
I am cautiously optimistic that Phil Gregory's Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds will appear later this year, they are now working on the proofs so that is a good sign
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Very much looking forward to the next volume in the Bloomsbury British Wildlife series, "Rocky Shores" by John Archer-Thomson and Julian Cremona, due out next month.

https://www.nhbs.com/rocky-shores-br...ollection-book
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Very much looking forward to the next volume in the Bloomsbury British Wildlife series, "Rocky Shores" by John Archer-Thomson and Julian Cremona, due out next month.

https://www.nhbs.com/rocky-shores-br...ollection-book
Not quite 'my thing' I admit but Julian's an old friend from 50+ years back so I could be tempted!
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The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

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