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 Post subject: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:56 pm 
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Bird Books on the shelve's-

1- Birds of Southern Africa-Burger Cillie

2- Roberts Bird guide

3- Roberts bird guide: Kruger and adjacent Lowveld

4- Newmans bird guide- Kenneth newman

5- Sassol bird guide


please forgive me if i have left some books out! if forumites can just add them in!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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Sasol guide to raptors of africa and its islands.

And

The Chamberlain guide to birding gauteng.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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Thanks Imax! forgot about those! :redface:

I am starting to lean towards Sasol but the new Roberts bird guide to birds of Kruger is fairly nice and shows the raptors in flight and also has a few new plates.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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I always used Newman's very happily as my Field Guide, with Roberts (6th ed. Wish I could afford the giant new one!) as my informational back-up; however the Sasol Guide has improved over the years and, like you, batmad, I am now using it far more than I use Newmans. Especially as I have discovered their larger version - same book, bigger print. Its a bit heavy to walk around with, but sitting in the car in Kruger it is fantastic for me and others like me who are forced to wear reading glasses! I also like the section at the back 'Identifying Problem Species' which helps those of us who are slightly more challenged in terms of identification.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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This might be slightly off-topic, not sure. Anyway, JenB and the Stiffnecks, I would like to recommend a delightful little book: "How to be a bad Birdwatcher" by Simon Barnes, if you can find it - probably on Amazon. It will make you laugh and make you think and savour the joys of birdwatching "without letting birdwatching get in the way".


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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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Awesome, thanx Oryx! I'll keep my eyes open, sound like my kinda book. :D

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I have used no 5 happily for a few years, and it is well thumbed so I bought no 2. I should have bought no 1, but it was a bit more expensive. I should have paid the extra. :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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I need to add a bird book to this list!

My parents use the roberts and that is OK. I use the Sasol and I love that book, especially the raptors and the good overall drawings. I have added a book to my collection lately and I'm using it just as much. Very good.

Complete photographic field guide: Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan!
A must in the collection.....

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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Very, Very true Ferdelance! this book is an amazing book! i have paged through it in the book store before but unfortunatly i do not own it yet. But as Ferdelance mentions it is a must in your bird book collection! 8)

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Another book that I recently bought which I find absolutely amazing
is 'BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH 'Birds', by Trevor Carnaby. A really wonderful
addition to my library.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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Had to buy "The Raptor Guide of Southern Africa" - Ulrich Oberprieler and Burger CilliƩ's new book.

Available from CNA - R194.95 (Paid with my Edgars's Account Card - what a pleasure!!)

It is an extremely informative book and the photos are excellent. Gotta help my poor ID skills!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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I use:
Sasol Guide (3rd edition)
Sasol guide electronic version on my phone (great for bird calls)
Beat About the Bush - Birds (and Mammals)
Birds - The Inside Story (By Rael Loon I think)
Pocket size photographic guide (can't remember the author offhand) for hiking etc

I've also read in the past:
Beating about the Bush
Birders of a Feather

and others I can't recall now :)

Fortunately I don't have eyesight problems, so I don't need the large version of the Sasol guide.

I've often found the Sasol guide lacking a bit in terms of more details of a bird, like habits, breeding times etc etc. I checked Roberts 8th ed. when it came out but it also didn't have too much of that kind of info. I was at the book shop a few months ago paging through the bird guides and I remember liking the plates in one of them. I can't remember exactly which but it might have been Roberts 8th ed.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird Books- General Discussion and Questions
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I can highly recommend Prime Origins Guide to Best Birding In Kruger by Brett Hilton-Barber & Lou Arthur :clap: :clap:

Ideal for planning birding trips. The "what to see, where, when and how". Bought at LS - R200

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