Wednesday, January 4, 2012
1) Fitter, Julian and Don Merton. A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. 2011. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 288 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: New Zealand is commonly described as "the land of birds." Now, there is an easy-to-use guide for all those interested in this country's remarkable bird population. A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand contains over 600 stunning photographs of the more than 350 bird species likely to be seen in this area of the world. Comprehensive and compact, the book includes full descriptions of all native species and regular visitors, distribution maps and measurements, key information on national parks, and useful information on ongoing conservation efforts in the country. Filled with handy tips for nature enthusiasts wanting to make the most of their trip, this is the only bird guide that anyone exploring this region will need.
This guide features:
*600+ color photographs feature more than 350 bird species with full descriptions
*Distribution maps and measurements
*Key information on national parks helps readers find the best spots for bird sightings
*Useful information on conservation efforts
*Guidelines on sensible behavior for encountering nature at its best
RECOMMENDATION: This title was published in the U.K. as "Collins Traveller's Guide: Birds of New Zealand." It's probably the best photographic guide to the birds of New Zealand currently available.