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Old Friday 16th November 2018, 08:48   #26
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The only negative for me on the samples are the QR codes which I consider a waste of space....Otherwise looks excellent.
I don't like them either.
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Does anyone have any comments on the adequacy of the illustrations of the egrets and accipiters?
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Does anyone have any comments on the adequacy of the illustrations of the egrets and accipiters?
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My main gripe is that the whites on the egrets are mostly way too gray. Flight pictures are better.

I just received my soft cover copy today. I'm very pleased with this version. It is only slightly smaller than my hard cover Thailand version. Quite a bit thinner, though with 50 pages less also making a difference. Anyway, I think this is definitely more fitting for field use.
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My main gripe is that the whites on the egrets are mostly way too gray. Flight pictures are better.

I just received my soft cover copy today. I'm very pleased with this version. It is only slightly smaller than my hard cover Thailand version. Quite a bit thinner, though with 50 pages less also making a difference. Anyway, I think this is definitely more fitting for field use.
I agree that they are rather grey, though it must be hard to get any feather definition with pure white.
IMO it is impossible to identify many or most non-breeding egrets to species using the plates. The shapes of the head/gape/bare part features are required.

The juvenile Accipiters also don't show sufficient head details
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IMO it is impossible to identify many or most non-breeding egrets to species using the plates. The shapes of the head/gape/bare part features are required.

The juvenile Accipiters also don't show sufficient head details
Then refer to the text? It's the text that makes a field guide, especially for the difficult-to-identify species.

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Then refer to the text? It's the text that makes a field guide, especially for the difficult-to-identify species.

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Too right. I lugged the 1995 Howell & Webb Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America to Belize over 20 years ago; the voluminous text was superbly helpful, and I must confess, unexpectedly so. It wasn't until I was using it daily that I realised what an amazing resource it was. It required considerable concentration at first, but then became a source of quick and authoritative reference.
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