Birds: ID insights: identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and North-West Europe.

Birds: ID insights: identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and North-West Europe. Dominic Couzens, David Nurney.
Birds: ID insights: identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and North-West Europe.
Birds: ID insights: identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and North-West Europe.

London: New Holland Publishers, 2013. Octavo, colour illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper.

This identification guide is ideal for birders of all levels. Its unique layout, comparing the plumages of similar pairs and groups of species, makes it perfect for identifying the more difficult birds found in Britain and other parts of north-west Europe. It also has more images showing how to age birds than any other comparable guide, while its handy pocket size is practical for taking out into the field. The book is based on a long-running series of identification features in "Bird watching" magazine. Author Dominic Couzens and artist David Nurney have spent years compiling the field notes and artworks for this series, and here their efforts are drawn together and made complete in a single volume which is easy to carry in the field and practical for birders to use. In addition they have expanded the species list from the magazine series and added many new birds, including the likes of Subalpine warbler, Short-toed lark and Red-rumped swallow. In total the book covers more than 230 species, with easy-to-identify birds such as Magpie and Kingfisher given minimal coverage or excluded altogether so that the more difficult ID issues can be covered as fully as possible.

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