Book- "Best 100 birdwatching sites in Australia"

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Subject: Book- "Best 100 birdwatching sites in Australia"
From: Troy Mutton <>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:46:29 +0000
Hi Carl,

I've just had a look at this book at work, and it is, as Sue says in the 
introduction, a purely subjective look at "fun" places to go birding. Light on 
specific details of where to go and what is there, although that's not the 
intention of the book. I did raise my eyebrows that The Rock NR is included in 
the Best 100 sites in Australia - sure, I drop in every time I'm in the area, 
but personally I wouldn't include it as a top 100 sites for Australia - perhaps 
NSW, but that's just my opinion. (As an aside, I find the birding in nearby 
Berry Jerry SF better than The Rock).

It's a nice read rather than a gritty "go here, turn left and look up the big 
tree on the right to see X" read. In that regard, whereas I would use people I 
know who've visited an area, Thomas et al, birding-aus, and eremaea when 
visiting somewhere new, I don't know that I'd really miss anything by not 
consulting this title. To be clear, however, that isn't the purpose of this 
book - it's a journey through sites Sue has had fun birding, with personal 
anecdotes about some of the locations and experiences she's had. I've visited 
many of these sites myself, as will have many readers, and I agree that they're 
good, fun places to go birding.

Personally I don't like the organisation - the sites don't appear to be ranked 
(although Broome and Werribee are the top 2 sites, which would suggest that 
they're ranked), and they are mixed up all over the place, not by state/region 
or anything else I can easily establish. Some readers may find that refreshing, 
I found it hard to quickly find anything, which limits its use as a tool for 
researching what locations might be around a site. For instance Hattah-Kulkyne 
NP is 8 places away from Wyperfield NP, and 16 more away from Bronzewing FFR, 
yet they're all in the same, broad Western Victoria area. Perhaps a map with 
the numbers of the sites keying them out could be included near the contents 
page in a revised, future edition? Anyway - the book is not really meant for 
that, so it's probably not that big of a deal.

3 stars.


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In an email from Andrew Isles this morning, there is a title "Best 100 
birdwatching sites in Australia" by Sue Taylor. Has anyone had a look at this 


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