Europe & Middle East
& Mailing Lists
New Holland Photographic Guides
Cheap bird books most twitchers would like to have but are unlikely to
£6.39 each from Amazon.co.uk
of the Philippines. Tim Fisher & Nigel Hicks. Photos of
some extreme rarities by Jon Hornbuckle, Bill Simpson, Pete
Morris & others and a capable text by Tim Fisher. An essential
companion to Bob Kennedy's Guide for birding in the Philippines.
214 species illustrated.
of the West Indies. Michael Flieg & Allan Sander. Good
photos of many choice endemics, with side-by-side comparison
shots of Elfin Woods Warbler and Black & White Warbler. 251
of Sri Lanka. Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Deepal
Warakagoda & T.S.U. de Zylva. 252 species illustrated, including
all but 4 of the endemics. Good overview of birding sites,
noting best places to see the specialities. List of distinctive
subspecies to look out for.
of Egypt and the Middle East. David M. Cottridge &
Richard Porter. 252 species illustrated. Another very high
quality production by the authors of the Israel guide. They have
frequently used different photos, so it's well worth getting
both the Israel and Egypt books. For example, the Israel guide
shows side views of male & female Trumpeter Finch, while the
Egypt guide has head-on photos of a pair. Similarly a pair of
Cretzschmar's Buntings are shown from the front in "Egypt" and
from the side in "Israel." Another example: the Cinereous
Bunting in "Israel" apparently is a male, with greenish-yellow
head, while the duller bird shown in "Egypt" may be a female.
While the Egyptian Plover is extinct in Egypt, the authors have
included a nice photo taken elsewhere, noting that it could
still occur as a vagrant.
These recently-issued New Holland guides are not available from
Amazon.com, but they are small and light and thus easily mailed from England by
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