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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:56 pm

Hi there hobbit, and welcome! 8) Try to get the Roberts Bird Guide. The same size, even slightly smaller than SASOL 3rd edition. It's a great guide. Available at Kalahari.net. The large Roberts VIIth edition is a brilliant reference book but definitely not for fieldwork. I was lucky to get both as Christmas presents.
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby JenB » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:04 pm

Hi hobbit,

I agree with GP, Roberts is great. :thumbs_up:
The Multimedia is the bird guide on disk with the addition of bird calls, a few more photos and some video. There's also function for list keeping, some write ups on birding spots and others I haven't tried yet.
Get it, you can't go wrong. :wink:

See: Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Johann » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:22 pm

Look for the Roberts' Bird Guide here. Birdlife SA would've been best but I think they've closed their online shop. The guide is great but I still prefer using Sasol in the field. It is nice to have an extra option though, when having difficulty with an id.

The Roberts' multimedia package is fantastic. Never go birding without mine. Look for it on the developers website at Southern African Birding There is a PC and PDA version available. Check for compatibility. The link Jenb provided is for the original version released in 1997. It has been improved a lot.
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:49 pm

Im looking at getting a PDA with RRoberts, comes in so handy in the bush.........Especially with calls :D
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby hobbit » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:16 am

So the answer is yes :D

Thanks everyone for the advice and the welcome - much appreciated. We are In Marloth Park again in just over 3 weeks :dance:. I think we will be spending a day in Nelspruit - is there anywhere there I can pick it up?

Can't wait to get back into the Kruger again :thumbs_up:

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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:11 pm

Can someone give me the ISBN of a Roberts or Newmans or similar , measuring 210 x 130 x 35 mm that will fit into my canvass book pouch that I wear on my waiste while walking in the KNP ?

(I left my Sasol book with fitted leather cover at Nyawutse hide near Shingwedzi on 30 Dec , did anyone pick it up ?)
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby DuQues » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:26 pm

Roberts Bird Guide (Hardcover)
by Hugh Chittenden (Editor)
Hardcover: 456 pages
Publisher: Africa Geographic (26 Oct 2007)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0620375574
ISBN-13: 978-0620375573
Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 2.8 cm
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Johann » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:21 pm

ndloti wrote:...(I left my Sasol book with fitted leather cover at Nyawutse hide near Shingwedzi on 30 Dec , did anyone pick it up ?)


I seem to remember someone reporting a book found in the Shingwedzi area on one of the Birdnets. I had a quick look but couldn't see anything. Will have a more thorough look again tomorrow, maybe you're lucky.
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:12 pm

Thank you DuQues .
Thank you Johann .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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LBJ's on Suikerbosrand

Unread postby Sally Bam » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:04 pm

:redface: I did a handful out of what seemed like hundreds of LBJ's this weekend in the Suikerbosrand area. I am now looking for a Roberts/Newman PDA for my PC. To whom can I go? Thanks Sally.

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Re: LBJ's on Suikerbosrand

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:06 pm

Hi there

Go have a look here

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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:59 pm

ndloti wrote:.. that will fit into my canvass book pouch that I wear on my waiste while walking in the KNP ?

I found the book I want "Roberts Bird Guide To The KNP and surrounding..." published Dec 2008 ISBN -EAN13 978-1-77009-638-7 210 X 140 mm .
Can anyone tell me where I can find a pouch that i can wear on my waist for above that will accomodate the above book ?
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Alf King » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:55 pm

Coming from the UK to SA for the firts time and with a major interest in the birds the advice that I picked up from other sources (Birdforum etc) is that the SASOL guide would be the best for a "dude". I have an old Newman's (1991) and a recent Birds of Africa South of the Sahara but luggage weight limitations means that I can't just haul everything along with me.

Would I be able to pick up any of the books referred to at the stores within any of the camps?

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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby deefstes » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:00 pm

Alf King wrote:Would I be able to pick up any of the books referred to at the stores within any of the camps?
Absolutely. I would very strongly recommend SASOL, failing that I'd go for the new Roberts Field Guide. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara is a fantastic book but not really very convenient as a field guide. I think JoelR might want to comment on that.

If you can haul three books around I'd suggest bring Newmans and BoASotS (how's that for an acronym?) and buy SASOL in the camp's shop. If you can only haul two books around, bring Newmans, leave BoASotS and buy SASOL in the shop. If you can manage only one book, bring Newman and forget the rest.
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Re: Field Guides

Unread postby Alf King » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:04 pm

My mistake - I already have SASOL, it's the Newman that I don't intend to bring along.

BoASoS is pretty good if there's nothing else but it just can't cope with racial variations over such a massive range, so I'll probably leave that behind too.

My Newman is the 1991 version, as I've said, which is why I would choose to leave it behind, but thanks for the advice. I'll scour the shops to see what they can sucker me into - the prices will surely be cheaper than the UK.

Also if I buy extra books then I won't get my monies' worth if I don't visit again will I? Sorted!!

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