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Extremely rare birds in the western Palearctic by Marcel Haas,

Mouthwatering pictures, it's like a book of dreams.

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

I see that the BTO have out what looks to be an excellent new publication:-"A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests" by Ferguson-Lees, Castell and Leech at 24.99.

I feel sure that Santa will be a regular visitor to the website and forum and if you're reading this Santa I promise to be a really good boy in 2012 should I be lucky enough to find this book in the stocking at the bottom of my bed on Christmas morning.

It's probably not a book to be read from cover to cover but if I do get this book for Christmas, I'll try and post a brief review after I've had chance to look it over.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Sunday 18th of December 2011 10:20:30 AM





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It is a cracking book. Although it was published in june rather than march, missing most of the nesting season, it came in handy as a reference guide in the uplands for me in early summer and certainly during my later write ups on survey work third year. I expect it to be even more helpful in 2012 and hope it gets more people into finding nests and experiencing a dying skill in ornithology - nest monitoring.....



I'm pleased to say that I did get this book for Christmas but quite how Santa managed to pay for it using my credit card is currently under investigation! Said I would give a quick review for those interested. I totally agree with Sean's comments that this is an outstanding book and is an excellent buy for anyone with an interest in this particular aspect of birding. Despite initially stating that I didn't think this was a book to be read from cover to cover, I have actually done so over a period of a few weeks! The book itself is well made and beautiful to handle and is just about pocket sized if you have a slightly larger than average pocket! Most species accounts are handily placed on a single page, with just a few spread over 2 pages. Each page contains a small distribution map, 4 small photos - adult birds at or around their nest; nest with eggs; nest with nestlings in or for those species which leave the nest soon after hatching a photo of small downy young and finally a photo of the egg with measurements. The accompanying text is concise but full of interesting and useful information and includes a general introduction and also paragraphs on site of nest; nest structure/composition; information on eggs; information on young and finally a paragraph headed "Methods", which focuses on tips and hints for finding and monitoring nests. There are also two small bar charts detailing the calendar months when eggs and young might be most likely to be found. Additionally a small box lists the average number of eggs per clutch, likely number of broods per year and the mean number of days spent incubating and also from hatching to fledging.

At 24.99 it may seem a little on the expensive side but when you consider the vast amount of really well presented and fascinating information in the book and that it could last you a lifetime, then I suggest that it is actually a bargain for those with an interest in our breeding birds.

Cheers,

Bill.


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Got a copy of 'Birds - Magic Moments' by Markus Varesvuo for xmas, its a stunning collection of photgraphs

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Bill Myerscough wrote:

I see that the BTO have out what looks to be an excellent new publication:-"A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests" by Ferguson-Lees, Castell and Leech at 24.99.

I feel sure that Santa will be a regular visitor to the website and forum and if you're reading this Santa I promise to be a really good boy in 2012 should I be lucky enough to find this book in the stocking at the bottom of my bed on Christmas morning.

It's probably not a book to be read from cover to cover but if I do get this book for Christmas, I'll try and post a brief review after I've had chance to look it over.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Sunday 18th of December 2011 10:20:30 AM






It is a cracking book. Although it was published in june rather than march, missing most of the nesting season, it came in handy as a reference guide in the uplands for me in early summer and certainly during my later write ups on survey work third year. I expect it to be even more helpful in 2012 and hope it gets more people into finding nests and experiencing a dying skill in ornithology - nest monitoring.....

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I feel sure that Santa will be a regular visitor to the website and forum and if you're reading this Santa I promise to be a really good boy in 2012 should I be lucky enough to find this book in the stocking at the bottom of my bed on Christmas morning.





Which presumes, Bill, that you weren't a good enough boy in 2011 to deserve it

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I see that the BTO have out what looks to be an excellent new publication:-"A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests" by Ferguson-Lees, Castell and Leech at 24.99.

I feel sure that Santa will be a regular visitor to the website and forum and if you're reading this Santa I promise to be a really good boy in 2012 should I be lucky enough to find this book in the stocking at the bottom of my bed on Christmas morning.

It's probably not a book to be read from cover to cover but if I do get this book for Christmas, I'll try and post a brief review after I've had chance to look it over.

Cheers,

Bill.

-- Edited by Bill Myerscough on Sunday 18th of December 2011 10:20:30 AM

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Thanks for posting Nik, with free delivery at that price too, who can say No? i cant, i almost picked one up at the bird fair but 40 was a little steep, 26.19 delivered, spot on


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Amazon advertising it at 31 - available at end of Sept.

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Currently on sale via Amazon at 26.19



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Steve Suttill wrote:

Amazon advertising it at 31 - available at end of Sept.

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Currently on sale via Amazon at 26.19

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Steve its taken me long enough to explain to my wife why I needed the 2nd large edition of collins, now I have to find space on the shelves for this one.

As for the Large format 2nd edition, is it just that? well no.

The large format collins 2nd edition, has a few extras, a beautiful full page plate opposite the contents showing some excellent artwork, some nice profiles on the authors Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterstrom. larger maps etc.

Overall the large format book is just like marmite you either love it or hate it, personally the birds seem lifelike,and it is a joy to read and look at, However to quote the book,

The impact of the larger format artwork, the greater ease with which the interesting detail can be appreciated, make for a much more satisfying and relaxing experience, than some may have when referring to more efficient field guide format


Nice book well worth putting on your shelf.


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"Wildlife in Printmaking" - new addition to the Langford Press Wildlife Art Series.

My copy arrived this morning and it's the best book I've seen in a long time. I know, from previous art correspondence on this forum, that it won't be to everyone's taste, but check it out if you get the chance.

Steve

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Amazon advertising it at 31 - available at end of Sept.

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Hi Dennis It's the same as the second edition only 4 times the size so you get to really appreciate the illustrations

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mmm very nice, i saw them at the birdfair this year, i dident get chance to have a good look, too much going on, is it any different Tim? is it slightly updated, more reference pictures of the birds or just the same pics and same identifications guides but just Bigger ?



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Pre-Publication copies of the Large format Collins second edition are on sale at Leighton Moss RSPB. Full price is 50. I got one yesterday as I couldn't resist and it was 5 off too!

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Sorry Ian carried away with new book excitement.

So, new large format with extra 100 pages, additions and amendments to nearly all species,
A number of new side by side tables of comparison species ie Least sandpiper /Long toed stint,
Marsh and Willow tits Booted and Sykes warblers, and then a full Checklist of the Birds of the Western Palearctic.

In all a very nice new addition of a new book.

Ps sent you some photos.


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Is it just purely larger format Paul, no revisions/updates/additions etc?

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Well just received my large format of Mr Nils van Duivendijks Advanced Bird Id Handbook, and yes Steve It has no pictures, but its blooming nice.

A tad smaller than A4 and just over 400 pages its a nice book, cool checklist at the back, we like to keep our lists.

In all very impressed on first viewing.





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The Collins bird guide will be available in the LARGE format from September 2011,
priced at 40 approx.



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Paul Heaton wrote:

As for reprints check out ADVANCED BIRD ID HANDBOOK Nils Van Duivendihk, now its a new edition of the Advanced bird id guide?

This new edition is bigger and has a check list in it, I cannot help but think the book world is taking the mick! out of us,I am sure the plans for the second book must have been going on while the first was been printed?






Well, you keep falling for it, Paul

Don't think I'll be going for Herr Diving-Duck's book - it hasn't got any pictures, has it!

Keep building those bookshelves!

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Nice choice, with the progress in digital reprints and print on demand, the New Naturalist collection has somewhat lost its value:evilly:

As for reprints check out ADVANCED BIRD ID HANDBOOK Nils Van Duivendihk, now its a new edition of the Advanced bird id guide?

This new edition is bigger and has a check list in it, I cannot help but think the book world is taking the mick! out of us,I am sure the plans for the second book must have been going on while the first was been printed?

However 17.49 (amazon) so will use by refund for that!

keep Birding

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Paul, please note I didn't say NEW book!

Actually, I've just spent my refund on the old New Naturalists "Waders" by Bill Hale (an ex-library copy, so it didn't cost me an arm and a leg )

Cheers, Steve

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Steve I was offered the same refund, however what, Good New Book is available at the moment?

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Yes, big shame

Offered me Birdwatch magazine instead as a replacement Asked for a refund to buy a good book with.

Steve

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Blooming magazine subscriptions due to lack of interest the new BIRD ART & PHOTOGRAPHY, has stopped, what a shame it was quite interesting?



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Very nice book Steve, just got my copy.

Check out, Kaufman's Field Guide to Advanced Birding an American book, but has some excellent articles, ie An Integrated approach to field identification, principles and pitfalls of field identification, Techniques and Resources for learning Bird identification.

Overall its an excellent guide for a beginner as well, however you do have to make amendments for the fact that all the birds are American ones.

Keep Birding

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just got hold of Tim Wootton's "Drawing & Painting Birds".

Have only had chance for a quick glance through the pictures so far, but it looks very interesting - and might help improve my technique.

All the images in the chapter on using photos were taken by our very own Adrian Dancy!

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Latest edition of Birdwatch magazine.

Nice identification article on Marsh and Willow tits, and mention of Ian in the Dusky Thrush report.

Now on further reading on this topic of Willow/ Marsh Tit and I quote from the article......
given such a collapse in our long-cherished list of features,one might be tempted to admit defeat but, fortunately,Broughton's paper contains some more reliable characters though these will be new to many observers......

Certain counties are now asking for a written rarity record on Willow Tit, so I for certain will be taking notes on my next visit to Pennington or Carrington moss, just to be positive, we all think we have seen Willow but how certain are we?

I am positive I saw a Marsh tit at Shell Nature reserve a few years back, and in the hast to get a camera, missed a chance to take proper notes, lesson learnt.

Have fun take notes be certain,

Keep Birding.




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Birds Of Tropical America.

Not a new book this, (though it is for me) but a 2005 reprint of Steven Hilty's 1994 book.
Hilty is acclaimed primarily as co - author of the groundbreaking fieldguide to "Birds of Columbia" based on his years of painstaking fieldwork and observation there, and I have seldom been as enthralled as this with any bird book.

It covers behaviour, breeding, feeding, flocking, diversity and evolution, mainly of the birds of the neotropical rainforests; (arguably the greatest avifauna of the planet), and affords wonderful and instructive insights into basically how everything is as it is.

-In paperback and lent to me by a friend, so not sure how much it costs, (but probably buttons from Amazon); I wish I'd come across it years ago!

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It is always interesting to hear what other people read, recently whilst having tea and a good old chat, a birder told me the new Reed and Bush Warblers book was the perfect book to read with a cup of tea,
Now I prefer with my cup of tea tomes such as Rare Birds Russell Slack Vol 1
First for Britain and Ireland 1600-199
Birds new to Britain 1980-2004

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Advanced Bird ID Guide arrived today and still 4.99 on Amazon. There was a bit of a wait while they restocked. So now I need never get a Mystery Bird wrong again blankstare.gif

Not a bird book but a great nature read I highly recommend which I finished this damp Saturday:

Patrick Barkham 'The Butterfly Isles: A summer spent in search of our Emperors and Admirals'

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It is not often I lend my new books out, but Reed and Bush Warblers is such a massive tome, I had to make room slowly on my shelfs, so the loan to Ian was easybiggrin.gif ( he Made me lend it to him)

I now have it back and it graces the 200 Club cabinet, Ians excellent review makes the costly price a tad easier to live with.

And perhaps we all forget that this excellent website comes out of Ians own pocket, we have an website that is priceless to GM Birders full of information photographs reviews and loads of madness.

Thanks Ian

So as always keep Birding

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Nice to see birders getting excited about books, however lets put it into the right context, this is a collection of all the salient points, that Mr Duivendijk has noted, therefore taking your own notes in the field and comparing them later could be the best way to use this info.

Collins bird guide in paperback is an excellent book to take in the field, and you can pencil in your own points.biggrin.gif Then compare them later and see how you did.

Enjoy your books and Keep Birding



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Thanks for the "Advanced Bird ID Guide"review Ian and stimulating the interest- mine came this morning still 4.99 from Amazon. I was going to post the details as I hadn't seen this post but others thinking along the same lines!
Well worth the money!
I need to improve my ID skills and this guy has brought an awful lot of info together in one place-plenty of photos in other books. I'll have to do the mystery bird comp now!
Steve

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Yep, bought also, i like the new collins but it is not as detailed on some species as i would like, 4.99 with free delivery is a bargain, thanks for the heads up smile.gif

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Nick Hilton wrote:


I got myself the "Advanced Bird ID Guide" (Duivendijk) for Xmas ... Also the book is only 5 currently on Amazon - bargain !




Thanks for this tip-off Nick,

I ordered a copy as soon as I read your post and it arrived today. I put it to use straight away to check out the bullet points against an image of the putative Slaty-backed Gull in Essex. Everything seems to fit apart perhaps from longish primary projection beyond tail. But must exercise caution when assessing only 1 photograph.

This 304 page book is an absolute steal at 4.99 with free postage. (See Ian's in depth review on the main website)

Cheers, John

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I got myself the "Advanced Bird ID Guide" (Duivendijk) for Xmas (I find its always preferable to choose your own gifts !!!)

My Dads had it for a couple of months and each time I've visited I've found myself thumbing through it, at the start I thought it was flawed without any visual aids to support the text but then realized it is a great book to have alongside other books to fully describe the plumage nuances.

I also got it to try and aid my efforts on Mr Mc's damn Mystery Bird competition but I think it will probably take more than that !! If I could afford a new computer monitor I'd probably give myself a better chance. Hoopoe's crest - I can't differentiate it from the damn grass !!

Also the book is only 5 currently on Amazon - bargain !



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Well well what a surprise a new book for the Yuletide.

Helms Reed and Bush Warblers a very heavy tome.Just better than expected.


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Amazon.co.uk are selling paperback copies of Collins Bird Guide 2nd edition for 9.69 at the moment. As cheap as i've seen it brand new.

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Was checking on some books online today and noticed a new publication date for the 'Western Palearctic Photo Guide'. It now says that it will be published in Oct 2011, so they really must be struggling with photos for some of those tricky species and plumages. Shame, as was looking forward to that one for the cold and dark winter evenings.

On a different matter, those interested in books should get themselves to the North West Birdfair this weekend at Martin Mere though, as it is a great chance to flick through some of those titles that are on your hitlist and if you buy multiple books from any of the stalls you can always manage to get some sort of discount biggrin.gif.

Happy reading wink.gif.

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Pre-ordered my copies of both books a few weeks back. Really looking forward to the Western Palearctic Photo guide, but noted recently they are still searching for pictures of lots of species/sub-species and different ages/sexes of birds etc.

The Advanced ID guide is a purely text book, so I suspect the reduction in artist or photo fees explains the very reasonable price, and also suspect that most people won't be too interested in it as there will be no pictures!?!?

The prices you have quoted are for pre-orders too, as the RRP for them is 75 and 15 respectively, so get in there early for the good prices.....................wink.gif


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Two new books due out soon,

Birds of the Western Paleartic photo guide
Hadoram Shirihai Lars Sevensson. 56.

Advanced bird guide, ID of every plumage of every bird on the Western Paleartic
Nils Van Duivendijk 10.50.


second one seem very cheap.


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Reed and Bush Warblers on a special pre-order price of 50.99 save 14 in Birdwatch this month.

Keep Birding

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As you may have guessed, the 200 Club Library will have it on the shelf, as a long term reluctant member, you may borrow it first if it helps.

Keep ( in Gm) Birding.

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It's a shame that I'll gladly pay 65 for it yet I'll be able to pay considerably less for it further down the line. However, I have several unanswered acrocephalus issues though and I'm hoping the sheer volume of research within the book will help towards answering those questions. Unfortunately I really can't afford to keep going to locations abroad in order to answer them for myself

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Reed and Bush Warblers helm Identification guide is now due out in November, now sit down Ian....... the price is 65.
I am sure it will be worth it?


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Okay first impression was yes its good, now each to their own, but I think this book is a little cracker, basically it is full of the main id features of every species in the western paleartic,

It reminds me of a book in the possession of one of our top birders in GM,his copy of collins was battered and full of notes, id points articles on difficult species, it was and properly still is his pride and joy, however self made, he new how it worked.

This book is as it says the ultimate portable reference book, I know some birders will say you should not take book out with you,but armed with this and a Collins mistakes should not happen in the field.

Nice book one to take with you and see if its right, I am sure someone will point out a major error, but there is always someone better than you out there.

Keep Birding

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Just took delivery of Advanced Bird id Guide by Nils Van Duivendijk, first impression is hard to judge, bit like collins with no pics, will report later.


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Amazon notification of delays in the publication of these bookscry.gif

Should be ready for August, may have to go to the Rutland bird fair for them.


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Pre-ordered my copies of both books a few weeks back. Really looking forward to the Western Palearctic Photo guide, but noted recently they are still searching for pictures of lots of species/sub-species and different ages/sexes of birds etc.

The Advanced ID guide is a purely text book, so I suspect the reduction in artist or photo fees explains the very reasonable price, and also suspect that most people won't be too interested in it as there will be no pictures!?!?

The prices you have quoted are for pre-orders too, as the RRP for them is 75 and 15 respectively, so get in there early for the good prices.....................wink.gif


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Two new books due out soon,

Birds of the Western Paleartic photo guide
Hadoram Shirihai Lars Sevensson. 56.

Advanced bird guide, ID of every plumage of every bird on the Western Paleartic
Nils Van Duivendijk 10.50.


second one seem very cheap.


Keep birding






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Two new books due out soon,

Birds of the Western Paleartic photo guide
Hadoram Shirihai Lars Sevensson. 56.

Advanced bird guide, ID of every plumage of every bird on the Western Paleartic
Nils Van Duivendijk 10.50.


second one seem very cheap.


Keep birding

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Bought this today from the works in Stockport complete british birds by Paul Sterry (Collins photographic guides)
ISBN9780007814855 another one for the my ever growing collectionbiggrin.gif not a bad book they had about 7 copies left 4.99
not sure what year this was released.

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It appears the Topography page missing of the New Collins bible was just a mistake, its in the paperback, and will be in the next reprints, to be honest I just photo-copied the old one and stuck it in, (yes Ian I know I should know it all by now, but I sometimes forget)

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