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Q: Publishing date of the new Forsman: In-flight identification of raptors (1 Viewer)

John Cantelo

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Let's hope it appears in time for the spring raptor passage or, at the very least, the autumn one. Given the advance in digital photography since 1999 it's sure to be a great improvement even on the excellent original. It may be old fashioned and even luddite of me to wish that it also includes some fine artwork - still useful and aesthetically satisfying - Carl Christian Tofte's plates from "Rovfugle i felten" would do nicely!
 

MJB

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I suspect that it would be if a) I could get hold of a copy and b) could read Danish!

Not in Danish, but by a Dane and published in Denmark was Knud Paludan's remarkable book on Afghan birds: Paludan, K. 1959. On the Birds of Afghanistan. Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Natur. 122.

It summarises an enormous amount of work from the late 1940s into the 1950s and is remarkable for a host of reasons, prime amongst which is its literate English, making the task of reading the first-ever checklist of a country a joy. I take delight in picking it up and reading a page at random - the enthusiasm, passion and high academic standards are palpable.

Paludan's ornithological scholarship is evident simply because almost every one of the taxa he describes is easily related to modern taxonomic thought.

I'm eternally grateful that I was able to find an affordable, if slightly ragged copy from a book dealer in Paris; on hearing that it was wanted to help fill a gap in the OSME Region List of bird taxa, he waived postage. I think it qualifies by definition as 'a hidden gem'.:t:
MJB
 

John Cantelo

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Not in Danish, but by a Dane and published in Denmark was Knud Paludan's remarkable book on Afghan birds: Paludan, K. 1959. On the Birds of Afghanistan. Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Natur. 122.

It summarises an enormous amount of work from the late 1940s into the 1950s and is remarkable for a host of reasons, prime amongst which is its literate English, making the task of reading the first-ever checklist of a country a joy. I take delight in picking it up and reading a page at random - the enthusiasm, passion and high academic standards are palpable.

Paludan's ornithological scholarship is evident simply because almost every one of the taxa he describes is easily related to modern taxonomic thought.

I'm eternally grateful that I was able to find an affordable, if slightly ragged copy from a book dealer in Paris; on hearing that it was wanted to help fill a gap in the OSME Region List of bird taxa, he waived postage. I think it qualifies by definition as 'a hidden gem'.:t:
MJB

Very interesting - so much so I've taken the liberty of posting your comment on the original 'Hidden gems' thread.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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