If you're going to the Top-end of the NT and want to see lots of birds, and you
are a keen user of the Thomas & Thomas guide, then Niven McCrie's and James
Watson's new guide (Finding Birds in Darwin, Kakadu and the Top End) is
definitely worth having a copy of in your glove-box.
For a start, the maps are to scale (most are plotted using a GPS), so you can
actually find the places which are mentioned in the text without having to
decipher a crude sketch. For me the map inaccuracies are probably the most
frustrating part of the T&T guide.
There are long lists of likely species, indicators of good times of year to see
particular species, and likely times/tides etc. There is also a list of key
species, with possible hot-spots.
We used an early draft of the book on a 2 week trip around Darwin last year,
and despite being relatively novice birdwatchers, we still managed to see many
of the tricky top-end target species.
This guide will be an invaluable help to birding-visitors to the Top End long
into the future. Good work Niven and James!
Mat and Cathy
PS - We've met Niven on several trips to Darwin, and his wealth of knowledge on
where to find birds up there is encyclopaedic. We have no financial
involvement in this book, we just know how many years work went into this book,
how helpful this book will be, and want to spread the good word!
PPS - Thanks to those who offered advice to Cathy about Uluru Grasswrens
earlier in the week.
> * To: "birding aus" <>
> * Subject: Nien McCrie's book
> * From: "Allan Benson" <>
> * Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 19:36:49 +1000
> I received my copy of "Finding Birds in Darwin, Kakadu and the Top
> End" today. I must say, my initial
> appraisal in very positive. It is covers all the birding sites in the area
> and there are great maps and
> explanations of how the find the sites and the birds. It is much more
> detailed then Thomas and Thomas in > the description of each site for example.
> I haven't looked in detail and this note is not meant as a critique but I
> would think this book is
> essential for anybody going birding to Darwin.
> Allan Benson
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