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Field Guide for Australia (1 Viewer)

I have a trip planned to Australia over the Christmas holidays. I don't have a field guide and have no idea where to start looking for one. Could someone give me some direction in finding a good one? Any favorites out there?

Thanks for the help
 

Edward

Umimmak
Hi Peachykeen

There have been plenty of discussions on Australian field guides in the past, just do a search in the Books thread. Here's one for example
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=27855&highlight=Australian+field

I prefer the Pizzey & Knight guide personally, one of my favourite field guides anywhere in the world. If I were you I'd order well in advance of your trip so you can start learning, since virtually every bird you see will be new to you!

E
 

Chris Benesh

So much work, so little time...so let's go birding
peachykeen said:
I have a trip planned to Australia over the Christmas holidays. I don't have a field guide and have no idea where to start looking for one. Could someone give me some direction in finding a good one? Any favorites out there?

Thanks for the help
Hi Peachykeen,

There are several out there. My particular favorite is Pizzey & Knight. Another popular one because of its size is the Slater guide. See:

http://www.harpercollins.com.au/global_scripts/product_catalog/book_xml.asp?isbn=0207198217
http://www.newhollandpublishers.com/catalogue/natural_history/view/index.php?id=33

One source in the US:
http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Birds-Australia/dp/0207198217/
http://www.amazon.com/Slaters-Field-Guide-Australian-Birds/dp/1877069000/

Chris
 

hampers

Hampers
Also prefer Pizzey, check out Amazon. Usually have good prices. I bought a copy in Australia and it was considerably cheaper than UK.
 

Rose Fletcher

Rose from Australia - formerly Birdeye
Like others, I use and recommend the Pizzey & Knight field guide. It serves me better than any other I've tried.

I hope you enjoy your trip - we have some great birds. :t:
 
Thanks to all who took time to answer. Th P& K it is, then. I think Amazon will get my business. I've bought quite a few books through them before.
 

scary-canary

Canaries forever... and i'm not always scary, some
You need to get hold of a copy of richard and sarah thomas "Complete guide to finding the birds of Australia" too if you can get a copy. it's invaluable for all those little out of the way sites full of birds. i know he works for Birdlife International so you may be able to contact him there.
 

swiss7

Well-known member
Most bookshops have a good collection of fieldguides.. visit a few shops and you'll find them all, giving you the chance to decide which you like best. Personally, I use Slaters because I can keep it in my bag if I ever need to make reference (unfortunately some of the taxonomy is a bit out-dated, but most sub-species are there). My girlfriend swears by Simpson and Day, which I have also learnt to appreciate. Neither of us are a fan of Morcombe, whilst Pizzey & Knight is alright but we haven't got a copy ourselves.

Unfortunately, none of our field-guides stand out above any other, and all have their positives and short-comings. But, they all cover every species well so its just whether you like the layout/plates or not I guess.

Have fun :)
Damien
 

swiss7

Well-known member
PS: I meant to add also:

Bookshops to look for (in all cities) are Borders, Angus & Robertson, and Dymocks.

They have the best ranges.
 

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