The Birds of Orkney. By Chris Booth, Mildred Cuthbert and Peter Reynolds. The Orkney Press, Stromness, 1984. 275 pages; 5 colour plates; 12 black-and-white plates; 24 line-drawings. £12.00.  Following the standard format for local avifaunas, with 11 pages of general introductory text, mostly describing Orkney, followed by over 250 pages of systematic list, this will be regarded as an essential purchase by anyone visiting Orkney or studying the wildlife of the area. The few colour-photographs (five) are usefully devoted to views of Orkney habitats; the black-and-white photographs show typical birds of the islands. John Holloway and Ian Maclnnes have supplied line-drawings to break and enliven the text. Sensibly, the latter is devoted mostly to the common birds (e.g. two pages on the Guillemot), with rarity records usually dismissed in a few lines, with just the essential details. The systematic list covers records up to and including 1982, with additional 1983 records of rarities as an appendix. The book ends with a useful six-page bibliography of references to birds in Orkney. The general impression is of a crisply written and nicely produced book, which will provide a valuable source of reference. J T.R. SHARROCK

Eric Hosking's Wildfowl. Photographs by Eric Hosking, text by Janet Kear. Croom Helm, London. 1985. 153 pages; about 140 plates, most in colour. £14.95.  Over the past few years, we have been treated to a series of books of Eric Hosking's bird photographs: Birds, Owls, Waders, Seabirds, Antarctic Wildlife, and now Eric Hosking's Wildfowl. Individually, each of these books is a delight; together, they form a most impressive and diverse collection of bird photographs. Surely no other bird photographer could boast such a comprehensive series at such a high standard? Wildfowl continues the high standard, considerably enhanced by an informative, erudite and wide-ranging--yet very readable.

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