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Andrea Collins

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Mike Alexander's* book "Skomer Island" finally dropped through my letterbox today after having been delayed somewhat. It looks to be very comprehensive running to over 400 pages. Lots of interesting looking photographs of the flora and fauna and a number of historical black and white images.

*Mike Alexander and his wife Rosanne were wardens of Skomer for ten years from 1976. "Waterfalls of Stars" by Rosanne Alexander also gives an interesting perspective on those years.
 

John Cantelo

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only in Dutch (for now) but the new Nils van Duivendijk books are available for preorder.
Don't keep us in suspense ..... just give us some idea how long it will be before an English version appears!
 

jurek

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They could appeal for a community translation.

I heard that a bunch of teenage Harry Potter fans in Poland organized themselves online, split the book text into short fragments and within 10 days put online a complete, merged, proofed and polished Polish fan translation. This astonished the official translator, who was in touch with the fan base anyway. And apparently the fan translation was better! :D
 
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Melanie

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Germany
This book was already published in 2020 but I intend to buy it:

Van onschatbare waarde: 200 jaar Naturalis

by Tiny Monquill, Eutalia Gassó


Age-old herbaria, DNA samples, extinct birds, deep-sea animals in star water and mysterious fossils: the Naturalis collection of 42 million objects is one of the largest in the world. This collection is the result of more than 200 years of collecting, researching and preserving. It is a cross-section of everything that lives and has lived, and of man's attempts to understand this diversity. How did this collection come about? What can we find in it and what not? What does it tell us about our past? And about our future?

In 200 stories, 87 experts and enthusiasts take the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of exploring and exhibiting nature. We go to the sixteenth century and back, from our backyard to New Guinea, and from vain curiosity collectors to specialised preparators. We see objects that are never exhibited and we look over the shoulders of the keepers as they work behind closed doors. The Naturalis collection reflects both the changes in society and in science. This makes it an important cultural heritage, ours as well as that of the countries the objects come from. This book spectacularly reveals the objects and stories that normally remain hidden from the museum's visitors.
 

Melanie

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Germany
CSIRO Publishing will publish a new edition of the Action Plan for Australian Birds

 

James Lidster

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The Dutch version of this has arrived, it looks brilliant but haven’t looked at the text in detail yet (although knowing the authors I’m quietly confident it will be excellent). I know an English version is coming, and French, but not sure when they are expected.
 

John Cantelo

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The Dutch version of this has arrived, it looks brilliant but haven’t looked at the text in detail yet (although knowing the authors I’m quietly confident it will be excellent). I know an English version is coming, and French, but not sure when they are expected.
The Princeton website says 23rd November. Covering 45 species in almost 1400 photos suggests an extraordinary 30 photos per species!
 

smiths

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Hi, great to see some interest in this book!
However, I would like to emphasize that the NHBS sample pages are not representative since they are old and now heavily reworked.
Princeton does not seem to have any sample pages up yet, but perhaps the samples from the German publisher give some idea (they are recent):

Also, whereas NHBS talks about 45 "species", we actually treat 35 species, 7 (distinct) subspecies (such as Russian Common Gull, Heuglin's Gull, Steppe Gull, ...) and one hybrid population ('Viking Gull'). In addition, there are two general chapters on hybrids: one on small gull hybrids and another on large gull hybrids.
 

Essex Tern

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England
Hi, great to see some interest in this book!
However, I would like to emphasize that the NHBS sample pages are not representative since they are old and now heavily reworked.
Princeton does not seem to have any sample pages up yet, but perhaps the samples from the German publisher give some idea (they are recent):

Also, whereas NHBS talks about 45 "species", we actually treat 35 species, 7 (distinct) subspecies (such as Russian Common Gull, Heuglin's Gull, Steppe Gull, ...) and one hybrid population ('Viking Gull'). In addition, there are two general chapters on hybrids: one on small gull hybrids and another on large gull hybrids.
Any chance a pdf version of the UK book will be issued? Or failing that Kindle?
 

Butty

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Any chance a pdf version of the UK book will be issued?
What do you know that I don't... Are mainstream published field guides ever legitimately issued as PDFs? (I do have many, but, as far as I know, they have all appeared without legitimacy and are not available by any mainstream above-board route - sadly.)
 

Essex Tern

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England
What do you know that I don't... Are mainstream published field guides ever legitimately issued as PDFs? (I do have many, but, as far as I know, they have all appeared without legitimacy and are not available by any mainstream above-board route - sadly.)
Bloomsbury do watermarked PDFs which I prefer to Kindle versions. Not sure Princeton do though.
 
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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