Having (a while ago) spent a total of 13 weeks birdwatching in Australia, I bought this book to update my old bird guides and perhaps also lure me into another visit to this wonderful continent. So, what are my impressions?
Size: for some reason I was expecting a compact field guide, but the book (published by Bloomsbury in UK but by CISRO in Australia) is roughly the same size as my first edition (2001) copy of David Sibley’s book, The North American Bird Guide, but slightly taller and heavier. Is the size and weight a problem? Well, not in my opinion: Australian birders are hardly likely to carry it with them on every trip but rather keep it at home or in the car for reference, while foreign visitors like me will probably be happy to lug it around as it is an undoubted advance on any of the other currently available guides. I’ve lugged a few hefty books around with me in the past, including, long ago, Hilty and Brown’s Birds of Columbia (1986); when presented with a large and mostly unfamiliar avifauna, big is often best.
Introductory text: the usual preliminaries (eg how to use the guide, and bird topography) are supplemented by a chapter on the evolution and classification of Australian birds, written by Leo Joseph; such matters are of increasing interest to field birders, so I’m sure that it will be read and appreciated by many users.
Species accounts: text and plates are laid out in facing page format. The illustrations, by Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin are of a high standard; inevitably some are more appealing to the eye than others but all fulfil the needs of identification (the aim of this guide). As to the texts (by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke), the small type size means that a lot of useful detail is included, while pleasingly, where relevant, subspecies are adequately covered. Vagrants (eg South Island Pied Oystercatcher) and potential additions to the Australian list (eg Pacific Swallow) are included within the main accounts, rather than being relegated to an appendix (a good idea, in my view). It is worth mentioning that this book also covers Australia’s offshore dependencies, something perhaps more useful to Australian birders than itinerant Brits like me (this is not a criticism, simply an observation). Keeping up with the rapid changes in taxonomy is something of a nightmare these days for both birders and authors; this guide follows version 5.4 of the IOC’s world list of birds (2015) and is probably as up-to-date as a conventional guide can ever be (including, as it does, the so-called New Caledonian Storm-petrel).
In conclusion, based on usage of other guides during my 13-week adventure in Australia, it seems to me that this book is a real improvement and one I would not hesitate to take with me on any future birding jaunt to Oz. Highly recommended.
Australian Bird Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/5/4
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This book is written and illustrated by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin - together, the team represents the cream of Australian birdwatching.
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Don't go to Australia without this!2019年9月27日に英国でレビュー済み
A really superb book, in every way. Perfect for both beginners (as a British birder taking a first trip down under it enabled me to identify almost every bird) and experienced birders (full of detailed information on identifying not just species but sex, age and subspecies). The article on taxonomy at the start is really timely and beautifully explains the complex and topical issue. For what you get it's really NOT that heavy. You may struggle to carry it in the field (although I did on occasion), but it's a far better technique to take detailed notes and sketches in the field and come back to the guide at home/in the car than to try and look stuff up in the field anyway. All in all, an essential piece of kit for anyone birdwatching in Australia.
The Australian Bird Guide is very good at what it is designed to do - allow the reader to identify birds they see in the wild. The book covers all natives, odd vagrants and introduced species with a beautiful illustration and information on the bird and some notes. The Australian Bird Guide also provides a map showing overall and subspecies distribution. If I have any complaints at all it would be that some of the type is very small maybe seven points or less which makes it hard for those of us over 50 to read. The only other issue is that each bird is only given a wing length not an overall size in mm. Wing length may allow some to imagine a birds size, but for non ornithologists like me it would have been better to just list the birds length in mm and weight in grams. That way we would know if it was a large, medium, small or tiny bird.
This is a wonderful production from CSIRO press, who are outputting some incredible works recently. This book has a picture based index right inside the from cover that lets you page to close to what you want to identify instantly. The drawings are detailed and of exceptional quality. Text descriptions of each species are detailed, informative, and when it comes to bird calls downright poetic. An absolute bargain for the wealth of knowledge and a lifetime guide to identification of Australian birds.
Der (Feld)führer lässt, wie es bei einem solchen eigentlich auch kaum anders zu erwarten ist, kaum Wünsche offen. Detailgetreue Zeichnungen, genaue Arealangaben und konkrete Erklärungen helfen selbst dem Laien eine recht genaue bestimmung durchzuführen. Sehr zu empfehlen.
La cantidad de ayudas para identificar aves ya sean sexos , edades, plumajes estacionales...2019年11月2日にスペインでレビュー済み
He realizado dos viajes a Australia y como aficionado a las aves me he ido haciendo con diferentes guías. Esta sin duda es la mejor de todas, aunque no para llevar en el bolsillo.
A good guide to Aussie birds2019年5月5日にオーストラリアでレビュー済み
This has been very helpful for identifying the birds I have seen around my home and work, and on trips further afield. The illustrations show necessary detail and there is good information about where and when to look for each species as well as notes on behaviour.
Max J Anderson
Terrific Australian bird book2018年9月7日にオーストラリアでレビュー済み
Once you get used to the way it is organised, it is excellent for bird identification. Probably the best of it's kind, being very thorough and beautifully illustrated - I think illustrations are better than photographs!
I've tried four different guides in Australia and this by far the most useful, especially for its deep coverage of subspecies and regional variation.