Re: Harrison Seabird guide

Subject: Re: Harrison Seabird guide
From: Philip M Hansbro <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 10:59:35 +0100 (BST)
Im my opinion, the hard copy of seabirds is still the only guide to cover
all the seabirds of the world. The only other is the new Birds of the
World Volumes 1 and 3 (I think) but these are huge and not to be carried
around. Seabirds was a real breakthough in bird ID when it came out but it
is getting out dated now and I am sure it wil be superceded in the future,
but I don't know of any plans yet.
As for the Photographic guide - it's not that expensive and probably worth
the money. It has got A LOT of mistakes and mis-identifications in it
though and is not really that useful as a field guide. There is a new one
coming out as well written by David Tipling, but I don't know how long it
will take. It is well overdue already. It is supposed to have lots more
photos of each species in it.

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On Tue, 8 Apr 1997  wrote:

> I'm going to buy Peter Harrison's Seabird field guide and note from Andrew 
> Isles' latest catalogue that he's got it on sale for $78, being the 1989 
> second edition (the one with drawings of the birds, hardcopy).  Is that 
> indeed 
> the latest edition?  Is there a forthcoming update that I should wait for?
> As the above is a heavier tome, I was wondering about the 1996 $45 edition 
> containing photos of birds and is softcover- is this one okay for taking on 
> an 
> actual pelagic? (leaving the hardback version in the safety of my bookcase 
> for 
> later reference).
> Another book altogether:  Shorebirds:  an identification guide to the waders 
> of the world 1991, Hayman, Marchant and Prater at $75.  Any words on this 
> book 
> before I spend the money?
> Cheers and Thanks
> Irene Denton
> Sydney   NSW

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