No marked diff in print intensity any pages my copy, but typography overall
rather jammed and layout ugly.
Among major mistakes, pointer from crow/raven pages to table on P410. Not
only no table re IDs, on 410, but no table anywhere that I can find.
Another letdown is lack of description and/or illustration of subspecie
diffs, in spite of promises otherwise beforehand.
Some variability in quality of artists' work also apparent.
Perhaps too much pre-release hype is rebounding on the reality of what is
overall pretty good value for money.
On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Dave Torr <> wrote:
> Reasons for a second edition?
> On 8 May 2017 at 07:12, Phil Gregory <> wrote:
> > This great new field guide has finally reached North Queensland, I am
> > impressed overall but three things struck me as odd:
> > 1. The decision to use wing length rather than overall length. Now this
> > may be scientifically rigorous and all that, but it means old dinosaurs
> > like me have to recalibrate relative size, and that is very hard and will
> > take some getting used to.
> > I like the weight being included, it’s great that this data is actually
> > available as I sure couldn’t do it for many New Guinea species, but wish
> > had the length to compare it with!
> > 2. The index is based on the first name, so when i went to look up
> > Shrike-tit i couldn’t find it, it’s there under Crested Shrike-tit. This
> > way of doing it also seems idiosyncratic.
> > 3, No Hornbill Friarbird, that’s an IOC species and has been for ages,
> > they have just about everything else but not this one. Anyone know why
> > that got omitted? I think they base the list on IOC 5.4 but I’m pretty
> > it was on that as it predates Naretha Bluebonnet for example by some
> > It’s a nuisance for us as we are always on about it here when it comes to
> > feed, and it’s not been in any of the books.
> > Phil Gregory
> > <>
> > ornithological writer/tour leader/tour facilitator
> > Field Guides / Sicklebill Safaris / Cassowary House / Cassowary Tours
> > PO Box 387
> > Kuranda
> > QLD 4881
> > Australia
> > Ph: +61 7 40 937 318
> > Email: <>
> > Website1: http://www.sicklebillsafaris.com <http://www.sicklebillsafaris
> > com/> OR www.birder.travel <http://www.birder.travel/>
> > Website 2: http://www.cassowary-house.com.au <http://www.cassowary-house
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> > Website 3: http://www.cassowarytours.com.au <http://www.cassowarytours.
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