Thursday, March 17, 2011
1) Thomas, Richard et al.. The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia (2nd edition). 2011. CSIRO Publishing. Paperback: 463 pages. Price: $42.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: First published in 1994, The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia was the first ever book of its type in Australia – a complete guide to locating every resident bird species in Australia, plus supplementary information on where to find rarities, migratory species and logistical information.
This fully revised second edition expands on the best-selling appeal of the first, describing the best-known sites for all of Australia’s endemic birds, plus vagrants and regular migrants such as seabirds and shorebirds. It covers all states and territories, and is the first guide to include all of Australia’s island and external territories. A comprehensive Bird Finder Guide details site information on all Australian bird species, and the authors provide valuable travel advice, including transport, climate and accommodation.
Profusely illustrated with colour photographs of interesting, unique or unusual Australian birds, this book is a must-have for all birdwatchers living in Australia or visiting from overseas.
RECOMMENDATION: The first half of the book is the site guide, the second half is the bird species guide. Birders with an interest in the birds of Australia will want this book!