I bought this volume from Amazon almost a year ago (in December 2010), though haven't reviewed it before simply because it's not the kind of book that you read in its entirety; it is a work of reference and thus its worth is only revealed in the longer term.
I have now consulted the guide on several occasions - for species seen in western Europe and southern Africa - and in every instance found that the text answered my questions and expanded my knowledge; no more can be asked of a work of reference. I found the maps very clear and the photos informative, though in the case of the latter I would have liked a few more.
My only real criticism concerns the plates (42 in number), though in this I appear to be in a minority (as all the reviews of the book I've read so far praise them highly - so my view will seem heresy to some...). To my eye, and based on those species with which I am most familiar, the plates seem a bit wooden and certain species don't look quite right; in my opinion they aren't in the same class as the identification plates produced by bird illustrators such as Lars Jonsson or Killian Mullarney. Having said that, they would have been more than adequate as plumage maps except for the unfortunate fact that the colour printing isn't of the highest quality, so that many of the plates appear far too dark - a black mark to the publisher for allowing such a key work of reference to suffer in this way.
Despite my feelings about the plates, the comprehensive text makes this book well worth the money and simply indispensable for anyone with an interest in this group of birds.
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- 出版社: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK版 (2010/10/22)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 0713660228
- ISBN-13: 978-0713660227
- 発売日： 2010/10/22
- 商品の寸法: 17 x 4.2 x 24 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 14
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