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Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:32 am

The bird version of Beat about the Bush: Mammals, also by Trevor Carnaby is now available!

Author : Trevor Carnaby
ISBN : 9781770092419
Details : Softcover, 768pgs, 235x166mm 2008
ISBN: 9781770092419

You can find it on the net at Netbooks and Adventures With Nature. Price approx. R 300 - R 400.
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby maroela » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:16 am

Hi all, i recommend buying from AWN, they have excellent service and is cheaper than the publisher . Contact details are: www.awn.co.za or phone them on 011-9544675 or cell. 0824885061. Hope you enjoy it.
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Dreamer » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:09 pm

maroela wrote:Hi all, i recommend buying from AWN, they have excellent service and is cheaper than the publisher . Contact details are: http://www.awn.co.za or phone them on 011-9544675 or cell. 0824885061. Hope you enjoy it.

Excellent Service... you are SO RIGHT :D :D
Contacted them on Tuesday and received the book today..Thursday. A birthday pressie for my SO and he is 'over the moon' with it :D
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:02 pm

I am slowly working through my copy. Though I have barely scratched the surface, I must say that I am impressed.

It is a monumental work, around 760 pages! Stuffed with interesting facts.

Lots to learn! :dance:
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby allsort » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:13 pm

I am proud brag that the author of the Beat about the Bush books, Trevor Carnaby, is my cousin.
He has had many years in the field and his knowledge is astounding, I think he is a modern Richard Attenborough. His love for the bush started in Kruger and it is wonderful to see the fruit of that love.
The new Bird book in particular is amazing.
I would highly recommend all 3 books. They are easy to use and very informative and the photo's are great to.

Subjective praise I know but well deserved nontheless.

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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Shakeelah » Sat May 23, 2009 5:40 pm

I accquired this book for Christmas last year. I must say that it is incredibly informative. Not a guide for bird idenification, though, as it deals with the various aspects of bird behaviour in great detail. What I do enjoy it that much of the information is not just presented to the reader, but has personal accounts to back it up and put it into prespective.

Definately a reccomended buy, as is Beat About the Bush: Mammals. Should purchased with a field guide, though!

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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby flying cheetah » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:45 pm

I agree: Both great and very informative books!
I wish one day he will do Beat about the bush: Reptiles :pray: :pray:
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby yoda » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:29 am

I see that allsort above mentions that there are 3 books in the series. Mammals, Birds, so what is the 3rd :huh:

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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:35 am

I think the first version had mammals and birds combined. After which it was split into two books, one for mammals and one for birds.
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Re: Beat About the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:52 pm

:thumbs_up:

Yes indeed. But do not make the mistake of thinking it was merely a split. The Mammal version was first substantially updated.

The Bird version came later ... :shock: a major work! I was bowled over by the amount of info in this book!
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Review: Beat about the Bush: Birds

Unread postby Moira de Swardt » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:29 am

Beat About the Bush, Birds

The author, Trevor Carnaby, is an experienced professional Southern African field guide with an impressive list of credentials, not least of which is his book of the same title with the sub-title “Mammals”. The bird book is a hefty 764 pages of information based on the kind of questions people actually ask which makes it useful for both novices and fundis alike.

Let’s start with what this book is NOT. It is not a field identification guide. For that Carnaby recommends either the Sasol field guides or the Newman field guides. Rather, it is a behavioural guide. In the process of exploring with the book one will learn a great deal about birds and their identification.

The book starts, as most books do, with an introduction. Here we find an anatomical, general and behavioural glossary, a taxonomic chart, the meanings of scientific names (which you may skip if you passed matric Latin) and discusses endemic, vagrant, introduced birds and species.

The new names (and some three hundred birds have had minor or major name changes) of the birds are discussed, and knowing the reasons for the name changes often help to make the transition easier. Of course, novice birders don’t have the problem of having to alter descriptions on life lists. Familiarity with the old and new names really does spawn confidence where it does not breed contempt for those using the “wrong” one.

Speaking about breeding leads to one of the major themes of the book. Others are flight, defence and survival, foods and feeding methods, general behaviour, tracks, signs and clues, a “Did you know?” section and specialised sections on raptors, waterbirds, waders, shorebirds, groundbirds, nightbirds and general birds. Appendices include collective names, an index and references.

Richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams, this book is more user friendly than its statistics might indicate. For example, the cover photograph is of what looks to me like some bee-eaters (ok, I’m a novice birder). I check the information and discover the photograph is of white-fronted bee-eaters by Chris van Rooyen. Flicking to the index reveals that bee-eaters are discussed on pages 23, 30, 34, 535-537 generally and under “active defence” on page 300, “altrical bird group” on page 241, “bill” on pages 124 and 128, “blue-cheeked” on page 338, “bohms” on page 34, “breeding colony of white-fronted” on pages 218 and 536, “carmine” on page 60, “European” on page 167, “feeding” on page 536 … together with eighteen other references. If I follow them all I’m bound to know a great deal more about bee-eaters than when I was initially delighted to have made a correct broad identification.

The “Did you know?” section is quite fascinating. Here I learned that” penguins are unique in having uniform feathers over the whole body. The plumage is dense and does not trap air and affords neutral buoyancy. The wings have become modified flippers for underwater propulsion, with the wing bones being compressed or flattened for underwater “flight”. Unlike other avian divers, the wings rather than the feet are used. The head, feet and tail are used for steering. Penguin feet are hard and leathery and the toes are fully webbed. The prop-like tail may be used to assist with balance when standing upright on land.” Lovely to have that information when one is showing the children the penguins on Boulders Beach.

This volume on birds is interesting and useful and it is no surprise to me that so many nature enthusiasts recommend it so highly. I add my own recommendation to theirs.

Title: Beat About the Bush
Sub-title: Birds
Author: Trevor Carnaby
Publishers: Jacana
Year: 2009
Recommended Selling Price: R395.00
ISBN: 978-1-77009-241-9
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