Book reviews

I am pleased to say that Hetty Saunders’ book does not disappoint, and is required reading for anyone interested in Baker, his book, and story-telling around nature themes…

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The style of the Crossley Guides will now be familiar to many birders on this side of the Atlantic: a large-format (in this case with pages around 185 x 245 mm) softback with full-page, composite illustrations comprising many different photographic images of birds superimposed on an appropriate background scene. ‘Painting by pixels’, as Richard Crossley calls it…

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This large-format volume covers 44 species of waders, or shorebirds, that occur regularly in Europe plus a further 38 species from North America and Asia that have occurred as scarce visitors or vagrants. Extensive introductory material discusses various aspects of the life history of these birds but the bulk of the book is made up of the individual species accounts, which are lavishly illustrated with numerous high-quality images…

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This new book follows the 2008 volume on the Barn Owl Tyto alba in Britain by the same author and publisher. It covers broadly similar ground but is brought up to date and is far more lavishly illustrated. The design is very good and the photographs are well chosen to illustrate the points being made in the text, though they are not all of the highest quality…

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The Collins Bird Guide is widely regarded as the finest field guide ever produced and it is likely that most readers will already own a copy of the second edition. Users of mobile devices running Apple’s iOS operating system have had access to a Collins Bird Guide app for several years but those with devices running the Android operating system have had a long wait for an equivalent version. This situation is now remedied…

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For older British birders the name of Arthur Singer may ring a bell. Perhaps without realising it, many birders in the 1970s and 1980s will have been familiar with his work, since he was the illustrator of the Hamlyn Guide to European Birds, first published in 1970…

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Identities

Book reviews // 23.01.2018

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It’s winter and ‘the’ local Great Grey Shrike is back – but is ‘the’ Great Grey Shrike really the same individual returning for its umpteenth winter, or are some sites simply more attractive to wintering shrikes than others?

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It is just five years since I reviewed the first edition of this book and I decided it was ‘…a superb work of ornithological scholarship which will surely become the standard point of first reference for years to come’. This new edition undoubtedly merits exactly the same judgement…

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This book explores the eventful life of one of the great Victorian collectors and the often-elite communities within which he operated. Henry Dresser was born in 1838…

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Having grown up on the Wirral peninsula and begun my birding career there I was excited to lay my hands on this new book…

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