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Unread post by Pjw » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:08 pm

Thats a great one Batmad. I also bought mine at a 2nd hand shop and its very useful in the lowveld :D
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Re: Fieldguide: BIRDS

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:37 pm

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:30 am

johnd wrote:Got the new Roberts field guide the other day (in anticipation for birding day!!) and so far I've been very impressed, it's very cheap compared to some of the other guides and the information for each species is top notch, the thing that made me buy this book is the distribution maps which are better than any other field guide currently available.

I've got very few complaints, I do find it strange that there is no illustration of an Ostrich and although this is not too important to me, it still seems a little odd, the main thing though is that the quality of the paintings vary widely, some are extremely good and others are, well, a little off the mark. The raptor illustrations are some of the best if not the best out there, but luckily 90% of the images are of a high standard.

As for the nightjar page, that is going to be very handy for birding day, many people don't realise how easy they are to catch with the use of a spotlight (and how wide they can open their mouthes!!) and in these situations it really does turn I.D'ing these birds into a 30 second opperation! And as for some of the above comments, I don't believe you can tick a dead bird, that would be like ticking a bird in a cage.

My vote for this book...get it and add it to the collection, you won't regret it!



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Re: Fieldguide: BIRDS

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed May 26, 2010 1:06 pm

Hi all. I have used Sasol 3rd Edition happily for many years. I also have the small Sasol photographic guide I use on hikes etc.

My SO has decided she wants to buy a field guide (yay!). My question to you is, which do you think would better, to buy another Sasol, or to buy a different one (Roberts, Newman's etc)? I'm worried that if she buys a different one, it will become confusing because of different layout/order of birds, and that we'll spend more time deciding which book to use for identification than looking at a bird or trying to identify it. Do any of you take more than one field guide on your trips?
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Re: Fieldguide: BIRDS

Unread post by JustNature » Wed May 26, 2010 2:32 pm

Joshilewis, we take 3 books but mostly only use 2, use Sasol as a quick referance and use it most of the time, seems to be easier to ID the birds and then Roberts if we want more detail or are battleing to ID it in Sasol, the photografic books are nice as some of the sketches are a bit difficult to ID with as the colours sometimes vary a bit. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by DuQues » Wed May 26, 2010 2:46 pm

Sasol and Roberts can be used together with great success.

We actually grab Sasol first, then if need be the Roberts, and if really need be, or we want more info, we hit the Roberts VII. (And gain some muscle while doing it.)
The last bit is not in the field though, I wonder why.... :hmz:
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Re: Fieldguide: BIRDS

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed May 26, 2010 3:12 pm

Truth be told, SO was so excited to buy the book she wouldn't wait for me to ask this question :) She bought the Roberts on Sunday. I'm glad to hear that a lot of people choose to use both. My concern now is that if most people turn to the Sasol first, does it make sense for her to turn to her Roberts first?

After buying the book, we started ticking the birds she's seen and got to about 106. This in about 9 months of birding, including African Finfoot and Grey-headed Kingfisher :)
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Unread post by greenwoodpecker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:27 pm

Bird watching books for South Africa, could someone give me a suggestions we are visiting Capetown and garden route feb - march 2012,
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Unread post by DotDan » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:43 pm

Hi There

There is a whole a range of books available for birds in Southern Africa, so choosing one might be difficult.

If you are going to be stationed around the Western Cape alone, I wouldn't think that having to buy various field guides is necesarry, so I would maybe suggest getting a photographic field guide such as the "Complete Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Southern Africa"

It is the one book I always keep with me when I go out birding, and I was in the Garden Route a month ago, so I used it quite regularly.

You should be able to still pick them up at any good book retailer, but if you can also visit this link

http://www.randomstruik.co.za/title-page.php?titleID=3117&imprintID=2

I know there are also some Western Cape bird books available, but don't know how easily they are available.

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Re: Bird book suggestion

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:11 am

The South African Birdfinder is an excellent book describing some lovely birding areas, especially for the area you are going to visit.

http://www.randomstruik.co.za/title-pag ... mprintID=0

There is also a shorter version of this book which just covers the Western Cape specific.

http://www.capebirdingroute.org/About_Us_Our_Books.htm

I also wrote quite a few helpful articles on birding along the Garden Route. If you are interested in it give me a shout and I will gladly point you to where you will be able to find it. :wink:
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Sasol VS Newman

Unread post by K-4S » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:02 pm

Hey everyone. this one is for the birder mites.

Which is a better purchase the Newman's bird book or the Sasol book?

Im not really a fanatical birder just want the book for reference sake when in the kruger.

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Re: Sasol VS Newman

Unread post by Rooies » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:57 pm

IMHO, if you are only going to buy one book for reference, Sasol. If you become a more serious birder, you will want to buy them all, Sasol, Newman, Roberts, Oberprieler and Ciliers. You will then also buy specialist books on eg, Raptors, LBJs, Confusing Birds, Endemics, Nests and eggs, books on Kruger birds only etc.
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Re: Sasol VS Newman

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:59 pm

Hi K-4S
Have a read Here for some great info and advice.
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Re: Sasol VS Newman

Unread post by Stoffel » Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:58 pm

Rooies wrote:IMHO, if you are only going to buy one book for reference, Sasol.

I second Rooies' comment. I have 3 books - SASOL, Newmans & Sinclair. But I personally find SASOL to address my needs (as a rather novice) the best.
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Re: Fieldguide: BIRDS

Unread post by hilda » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:48 pm

Another very handy pocket guide for us novices, is the Pocket Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Burger Cillié and Ulrich Oberprieler, which is really pocket size which we find very handy while travelling through the Parks. It contains pictures of the birds, not drawings, which we prefer. :thumbs_up:

We do have many other bird guides, (including Roberts' Multimedia), big and smaller, pictures and drawings, and still struggle to identify them. :tongue:
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