Thanks for your message regarding ed. 7. As a very
amateur bird watcher I was a little surprised with all the negative comment that
flowed pre-Christmas especially after browsing the new edition myself. I was
most delighted to receive a copy as a Christmas gift and further detailed
scrutiny and comparison with ed.6 failed to dampen my enthusiasm for this my
fourth copy of this publication!
I thought your comments on the other aspects,
contained within a field guide to assist identification, were very apt. I recall
many years ago my first sighting of a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - it was very
late in the day with fading light and I was drawn to the distinct alarm call of
the bird (not knowing at the time of course). When I spotted a pair of
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters, I was unsure as to whether they were responsible for
the call. A quick flick to P & K led me to SCH, but it was the
identification of the alarm call as a distinctive "tok" that confirmed
this lifer for me. Nothing could describe the call to such perfection and
P&K has been my constant companion since.
Edition 6 now sits proudly on the bookshelf along
side 5 and 4. Thanks for such a great publication.