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I bought this for my seven year old grandson as they moved from a town to the countryside. He spends a lot of time in his bedroom looking out onto their large back garden and documenting the wildlife that comes to visit. I decided that this book might assist him to identify the birds better. We were chatting on the phone only a few days ago and he was telling me that while a lot of people think pigeons are ugly he thinks they are truly beautiful because of the colouration on their chests. He has also found a magpie feather which he says is so awesome in colour too. His parents have supplied him with their binoculars and he is really smitten with his bird watching. Great book as far as I am concerned! A little boy taking pleasure in the world around him.............
I bought this book for my partner as he has always had a mild interest in spotting birds. Since getting this book; he's ordered him sled a pair of binoculars and bought himself a notepad. He keeps this and the book in the car and has gone out on various occasions to try and spot new birds. He really loves his new healthy hobby and this book has encouraged him to take a more active, educated role in bird spotting.
The book itself is pocket sized and gives just the essential details about all of the birds that visit the UK throughout the year. It tells you what you need to do to spot birds, the equipment you need, how to spot birds, when you where you need to go and spot birds and general practical advice. The introduction won't take you more than half an hour to read and then you're ready to go.
5* book. I would recommend this book to all newbie and wannabe twitchers.
I've used this book along with a pair of 10 x 42 binoculars and despite being a novice 'twitcher' I've successfully identified several birds - which is great feeling of accomplishment. The book is divided into "different bird" catagories (e.g. Owls, larks, tits, wrens, sparrows, etc.) which gives the novice a fighting chance of identifying a bird.
An older review below states that the book would be better if it contained drawings of under, my 2012 version does include wing illustrations.
A useful feature of the book are maps for each bird-type giving an indication to the distibution of species across the seasons - If I think I've seen a ring necked parakeet in the highlands of Scotland then I know I need to look again as the species is shown as being distributed in the SE of England.
Another helpful feature is a section for each bird on the "confusion of species" which again allows you to cross reference your finding.
The illustrations are beautiful and clear and the overall presentation, information and quality of this book has engaged me thoroughly.
I bought this as a gift for my wife who adores sitting in the conservatory with a coffee and watching the wide variety of birds that visit our garden.
The book is bursting with interesting information and accompanied with beautiful illustrated colour drawings of each bird. Personally, I prefer illustrations rather than real life photographs. It elevates the book even more.
I'm really happy with this purchase and so is my wife. I think the content and style will suit both amature and more experienced bird lovers. I would recommend this book.
A great little book of British birds with excellent illustrations. Each entry has pictures showing seasonal variations in appearance, together with information including a description, population, habitat, voice (I love the phonetic sonic approximations!) and "confusion species" (really helpful).
I'd never thought I'd become a twitcher but things are moving in that direction. Binoculars next!
An excellent guide. Particulary helpful is the way this guide points out similar birds which may be confused with the bird in question, describing the subtle differences between the species, to aid correct identification.
I seem to be becoming a bit of a bird geek. In the build up to my first big garden bird watch I felt I needed to be armed with more information than the basic knowledge I had. I have been looking into getting a book for a while after being gifted a bird feeder by a neighbour. There is great pleasure to be had in the whole process of feeding birds, and watching their feeding patterns. Although I was drawn initially to more complex bird identifying books, I plumped on this one as a start off, after reading many reviews about the complexity of identifying birds. Such small differences in some instances, but I think I'm getting the hang of it although you do have to be quite close (several starlings landed, but I had to get closer than my window to clarify and what amazing detail they have, so subtle, but beautiful). I like this as it's fairly simple. I like the little maps identifying where you're likely to see the birds (which helps limit your identification) I think anything more complicated might have blown my little head and put me off so really glad I purchased this. Bird food and book at the ready......
Just over £3 delivered next day on prime, fits into your pocket and colour coded pages for finding birds for identification quickly. There is enough info on each bird without overdoing it and once you get used to it, the coloured drawings (there are no photos) are really all you need. There have been points when I have been pretty sure on a bird given the drawing and other info but not certain, at which point it is easy to just google photos on your phone. Photos as well would therefore be better, but at the cost of making the book bigger and more onerous for quick identification. On that basis I would say leave it as is.. It's a perfect little volume :)