Wednesday, January 26, 2011


1) Borrow, Nik and Ron Demey. Birds of Ghana. 2010. Helm Field Guides. Paperback: 352 pages. Price: 26.99 GBP (about $43.00 U.S.).

SUMMARY: Ghana is one of the safest and most accessible countries in Western Africa and is rapidly becoming a top tourist destination. This dedicated country field guide uses illustrations from the acclaimed Birds of Western Africa, which have been recomposed into a new set of plates, with new text and maps specific to Ghana. The result is a compact and up-to-date guide to all the birds of Ghana.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for birders interested in the birds of Ghana and western Africa!

2) Newman, Vanessa. Newman's Birds of Southern Africa (Commemorative Edition). 2010. Struik Nature. Paperback: 536 pages. Price:19.99 GBP (about $32.00 U.S.).
SUMMARY: This Commemorative edition of Newman's Birds of Southern Africa at once updates a classic and pays tribute to one of the region's best loved birding authors, the late Kenneth Newman. With the support of bird expert Faansie Peacock, the author's daughter, Vanessa Newman, has thoroughly revised, updated and expanded this new edition to reflect the latest research, both in terms of text and illustrations. Covering all the birds recorded from the Antarctic to the Zambezi River, its range includes the birds from the southern seas as well as those of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique. The familiar, user-friendly format of Newman's Birds uses colour coding to indicate major bird groups and, as always, large accurate paintings of each species reflect the bird as it is seen in the field, now labeled with diagnostic features. A revised introductory section takes readers step-by-step through how to use this latest edition of Newman's Birds of Southern Africa in the field. Also available in Afrikaans as Newman se Voƫls van Suider-Afrika.
RECOMMENDATION: Probably the best bird guide for the region that's currently available!

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