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Old Saturday 21st February 2015, 10:19   #51
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What about Thailand, folks? Seem to be various possibilities and all roads lead to Robson......
Would be using this in the field.

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What about Thailand, folks? Seem to be various possibilities and all roads lead to Robson......
Would be using this in the field.

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Yes, the compact SE-Asia FG edition is fine. No range maps, unfortunately, only range descriptions.
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Old Monday 23rd February 2015, 13:30   #53
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Yes, the compact FG edition is fine. No range maps, unfortunately, only range descriptions.
Do you mean the Robson guide to Southeast Asia or the Robson guide to Thailand? The latter has maps in and is generally very useful. It needs updating though.
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Do you mean the Robson guide to Southeast Asia or the Robson guide to Thailand? The latter has maps in and is generally very useful. It needs updating though.
Sorry, I meant the SE-Asia book. I just corrected my post. Thanks for pointing this out.
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Old Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 17:31   #55
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China & South East Asia

There probably isn't anything to cover this as I have already done a bit of 'googling' but I thought it's worth asking the question.

I am going on 2 non-birding holidays in the next 12 months the first is China, doing the classic Beijing - Xian - Yangtze Cruise -Shanghai route and the other to Thailand again a tour, Bangkok, River Kwai, Chang Rai, Chang Mai. So apart from the cultural experience I'm sure we will see a good number of birds.

Plus in the future trips to Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos may be on the cards.

I don't anticipate going on a specialist birding holiday to any of these countries, as much as I would like to! But am looking for a field guide that might cover all areas, as it is it looks like I will have to buy at least 2. Anybody any advice?

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There probably isn't anything to cover this as I have already done a bit of 'googling' but I thought it's worth asking the question.

I am going on 2 non-birding holidays in the next 12 months the first is China, doing the classic Beijing - Xian - Yangtze Cruise -Shanghai route and the other to Thailand again a tour, Bangkok, River Kwai, Chang Rai, Chang Mai. So apart from the cultural experience I'm sure we will see a good number of birds.

Plus in the future trips to Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos may be on the cards.

I don't anticipate going on a specialist birding holiday to any of these countries, as much as I would like to! But am looking for a field guide that might cover all areas, as it is it looks like I will have to buy at least 2. Anybody any advice?

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I'm off to Goa in January. Is Birds of the Indian Sub-continent the only guide worth taking? Any other guides out there to cover Butterflies, Reptiles etc?
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Any ideas for Mongolia folks. My wife is heading there in September for a riding holiday and always keeps an eye out for birds.

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a combination of Birds Of China, and Birds Of East Asia, although there will be some gaps.
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There's a Mongolia guide in the pipeline, sadly too late for your trip.
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Possibly the most up to date

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-South-...the+indian+sub

For butterflies

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterflies-...flies+of+india

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Photographic...tiles+of+india


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There's a Mongolia guide in the pipeline, sadly too late for your trip.
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yes, but how many years has that already been in the pipeline....?
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Any ideas for Mongolia folks. My wife is heading there in September for a riding holiday and always keeps an eye out for birds.

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this one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...=sr_1_5&sr=8-5

if you can still find it!

If not: birds of E-Asia. Avoid the birds of China guide until something better comes out!
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this one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...=sr_1_5&sr=8-5

if you can still find it!
isn't that the same book which is now "due 2017" though? I thought it never came out despite being repeatedly "coming soon".
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If you look it's not actually available, it is the same book.

Has anything been more delayed than Tits, and what happened to Cranes and Bustards!!!


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I didn't realize it never came out. I really thought I had seen it somewhere on FB or the internet...? So it never was printed...? And Axel Braunlich withdrew from the author's list?

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For South China

Well, I'm thinking about a new book for south China (Jiangxi province to be specific). I've seen both Birding South-East China (Woodward) and The Birds of Hong Kong and South China (Viney et al). Would anyone be able to compare them? Or possibly suggest a better alternative? I already have the East Asia -Brazil- and Birds of China -MacKinnon- books. I'm looking for something which would be a helpful supplement to those two general books - would either of the south China books add more do you think?
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I saw that there is a new version of Robson's concise edition (short text, together with plates) of his Birds of SE Asia guide. https://www.nhbs.com/title/205520/bi...oncise-edition

However, it looks like just a reprint, without any changes to the content.
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Please note, this is a reissue of New Holland Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia, formerly on the natural history list of New Holland publishers.
Pretty confusing these Robson guides, with 2 versions (large and concise), 2 editions (2000/2008) of the larger one, three different publishers (Priceton, New Holland, Bloomsbury) and a number of reprints, each with new cover...

As far as I understand, the content of the currently available prints still corresponds to the status of 2008 for the large version and 2005 for the concise one. Correct?
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As far as I understand, the content of the currently available prints still corresponds to the status of 2008 for the large version and 2005 for the concise one. Correct?
That is my understanding as well.
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Well, I'm thinking about a new book for south China (Jiangxi province to be specific). I've seen both Birding South-East China (Woodward) and The Birds of Hong Kong and South China (Viney et al). Would anyone be able to compare them? Or possibly suggest a better alternative? I already have the East Asia -Brazil- and Birds of China -MacKinnon- books. I'm looking for something which would be a helpful supplement to those two general books - would either of the south China books add more do you think?
And just found another choice: A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China (Southeast) (Yong, Yu, and Yang?). It was just printed in May it says, and authors are from Singapore, Guangzhou and HK. I wonder if it is more general in its approach (says it has "280 most representative" species of the region). Anyone heard of it? It seems to be part of a series....
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And just found another choice: A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China (Southeast) (Yong, Yu, and Yang?). It was just printed in May it says, and authors are from Singapore, Guangzhou and HK. I wonder if it is more general in its approach (says it has "280 most representative" species of the region). Anyone heard of it? It seems to be part of a series....
I have it and find it to be pretty good, though of course there are some species it doesn't cover.
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Indonesia: Bali, Komodo, Flores

How about Indonesia?

I'm hoping to go to Bali, Komodo, and Flores. Any field guides more up to date than MacKinnon and Phillips 1993 guide and more comprehensive than Strange's "A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia: Second Edition" (2012)?

Barring those two, I've got the Phillipp's field guide to the birds of borneo, 3rd ed. (2014). Not sure how much overlap there is there... Worth bringing? In addition to one of the other two? Instead?
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There is a second edition of Birds of Borneo by Susan Myers.

http://www.nhbs.com/title/207100/bir...o?bkfno=225725
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There is a second edition of Birds of Borneo by Susan Myers.

http://www.nhbs.com/title/207100/bir...o?bkfno=225725
Is the new Myers new enough and good enough to warrant replacing the 2014 3rd edition of Phillipps Birds of Borneo? And is there enough overlap with the birds of the Lesser Sundas to make a Borneo guide a better one to take in the absence of a more geographically specific one, like the two not so great ones I mentioned before?
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Is the new Myers new enough and good enough to warrant replacing the 2014 3rd edition of Phillipps Birds of Borneo? And is there enough overlap with the birds of the Lesser Sundas to make a Borneo guide a better one to take in the absence of a more geographically specific one, like the two not so great ones I mentioned before?
I very much doubt that you will find either Myers or Phillipps Borneo guides useful for the Lesser Sundas as apart from migrants they share very few species.
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