Slater FG

To: "'Peter Shute'" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Slater FG
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 09:53:51 +1000
Hi Peter,

The layout of the book is pretty similar to the previous edition. There's no 
bookmark ribbon. There's a contents page in the front for the different family 
groups (as in the previous edition), but there is no alphabetical index to 
family groups. There is an index at the back to scientific names (a new 
feature) and common names (as in previous edition). A new feature is an 
illustrated guide and page reference to representative species of seabirds, 
freshwater birds, ground-dwelling birds, large bush birds and small bush birds 
near the front of the book, which will no doubt help inexperienced 
bird-watchers find a particular bird species elsewhere in the FG. There are 
also a couple of blank pages at the end of the book for field notes.

There are 414 pages in the new edition compared with 343 pages in the previous 
one, but still a compact FG with little difference in size and weight. An 
initial gripe I have is, although it has a waterproof plastic jacket, the pages 
have the same glossy paper finish of many recently-released books. In my 
experience, you just need a little bit of moisture for these types of pages to 
stick together like glue. So I wonder about the effectiveness of taking the FG 
into the field under humid or rainy conditions.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Saturday, 3 October 2009 9:26 AM
To: ; 
Subject: Slater FG

Has anyone seen it?  I'd be interested to know if it has adopted some useful 
features of Morcombe's compact FG, mainly the quick index, but also the family 
size comparisons and the bookmark ribbon.

I don't care if it has an aardvark on the cover.

Peter Shute

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