Book reviews

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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Having previously seen the ‘Flight Lines’ art on display at the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) exhibition, I was excited to see the artwork again in this book, which I had assumed was going to be the exhibition ‘catalogue’. What I found, however, was a whole lot more…

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It’s not too difficult to guess how this is going to go, given the title and the author. This book is not complicated to review: it is a medium-format book where artist Lars Jonsson shares his thoughts as he describes, in paint and words, 60 species of bird found around his Swedish home in winter…

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In my mind, any attempt to highlight the current plight of seabirds is a good thing. This book aims to do just that by exploring the beauty of seabirds and by combining knowledge revealed by traditional and modern science with extracts from mythology and poetry, in which seabirds have long captured the human imagination…

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