The New Atlas of Australian Birds

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Subject: The New Atlas of Australian Birds
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 10:58:42 +1000
Hello all,

My copy of The New Atlas arrived last Thursday........phhhhheeeew......that's a 

Now I have to work out how to use it.
The 'old' Atlas seemed logical to me but I suspect I need to learn a new logic?

I do wonder why some of the entries in the Uncommon and Vagrant Species section 
were not put in the
Species Accounts section instead.
Surely we would accept that such species as Garganey, Little Stint, Red-rumped 
Swallow (to name a
few) are going to continue to be recorded on the Australian Mainland on a 
regular, if not often,

And I don't understand why the records for the Off-shore Islands and 
Territories didn't receive the
same degree of prominence as the records for the mainland.
Regulars on this forum will be aware that there is a small band of very keen 
birders who seem
extremely desperate for that sort of information.
Perhaps the reason is laid out in the text but I have only found a statement 
and not an explanation.

On the illustrations:
I note there has been some minor criticism of some of the drawings.
I haven't been able to find the names of the critics in the list of artists so 
I can only presume
- Like me, either because of lack of talent or not wishing to upstage the 
'pros', they didn't
- There was an error in the printing and their names were left off the list;
- They contributed anonymously or under a pseudonym.

Without knowing the background of the artists or the artwork, I would 
personally be reluctant to
Considering the 'philosophy' of the book, I am just grateful that the 
'vignettes' are there to help
brighten-up what would otherwise be a rather esoteric and essentially austere 

The only real criticism I have of the New Atlas is that it is a different 
format book to the
'original' atlas and doesn't 'match' that earlier edition when the two are 
placed together in my
Geez!! Life can deal out some cruel blows!!

Seriously though..........
Thanks BA.
A job well done.

Bob Inglis
Woody Point
Australia (note new web-site URL)
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