compact field guide

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Subject: compact field guide
From: "Alastair Smith" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 15:02:46 +1100

Happy New Year to all cog-l subscribers!

I received a copy of the compact Morecombe Field Guide for Christmas and I am very impressed with sheer volume of information contained in what is a pocket sized guide. As a birder who previously carried Slater in the field (because of its size), I always felt the need to have a second field guide handy because of the limited information and poor distribution maps in the Slater guide. I also felt gypped when the supposed ‘revised & updated’ edition of Slater was released in 2003 and found that basic things had not been updated such as gerygones still bearing the name warblers.


I particularly like the ease of finding family groups and the pictures of all related illustrated table. I think that Michael’s drawings are particularly suited to the smaller format.


The compact Morecombe has certainly become my ‘field’ guide of choice.





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Sent: Wednesday, 5 January 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] compact field guide


Has anyone else noticed that the Michael Morecombe field guide has now been published in a compact version?  I only saw this for the first time today, whilst visiting the bookstore.  Seems like an improvement, as I find the normal format is too large to carry, with ease, in the field.  Does anyone know if Pizzey & Knight and/or Simpson & Day plan to follow suit?  A complete field guide for a palm pilot/pocket PC would be even better.

p.s. the compact Morecombe was retailing for $35.

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