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Book recommendation needed: best additional book to Collins bird guide for more in-depth information (1 Viewer)

kb57

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Europe
Just received my copy of the Wild Guides 'Britain's Birds' from NHBS today - I don't think the title does it justice, this is a great in-depth photographic ID guide which covers enough species to have wider utility across much of Northern Europe. I think it will complement the Collins guide really well, it has some excellent comparisons (a random e.g. greenshank / marsh sandpiper / lesser yellowlegs); photos of juveniles / worn plumage etc. which can trip up beginners but which aren't covered well in more conventional field guides; and introductions to particular groups - e.g. larger gulls, finches. The only thing which localises it to the British Isles are the distribution maps and abundance estimates (which include numbers of British and Irish records for rarities).
Was intending to give it to my partner to help her ID skills, but tempted to keep it for myself!
 

John Cantelo

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Just received my copy of the Wild Guides 'Britain's Birds' from NHBS today - I don't think the title does it justice, this is a great in-depth photographic ID guide which covers enough species to have wider utility across much of Northern Europe. I think it will complement the Collins guide really well, it has some excellent comparisons (a random e.g. greenshank / marsh sandpiper / lesser yellowlegs); photos of juveniles / worn plumage etc. which can trip up beginners but which aren't covered well in more conventional field guides; and introductions to particular groups - e.g. larger gulls, finches. The only thing which localises it to the British Isles are the distribution maps and abundance estimates (which include numbers of British and Irish records for rarities).
Was intending to give it to my partner to help her ID skills, but tempted to keep it for myself!
As I noted earlier in this thread, the forthcoming "Europe's Birds' from the same team (and presumably with many of the same photos and a similar text) should be still better for use on the Continent. I'd maintain domestic harmony by giving 'Britain's Birds' to your partner as intended and buying 'Europe's Birds' for yourself!
 

kb57

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Europe
As I noted earlier in this thread, the forthcoming "Europe's Birds' from the same team (and presumably with many of the same photos and a similar text) should be still better for use on the Continent. I'd maintain domestic harmony by giving 'Britain's Birds' to your partner as intended and buying 'Europe's Birds' for yourself!
That sounds like a good plan!
 

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