Book - Seabirds: an identification guide

To: "Dean Portelli" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>
Subject: Book - Seabirds: an identification guide
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 11:42:26 -0000

Peter Harrison's 'Seabirds: an identification guide' was first published in
1983. It was a ground-breaking work and is still 'the bible'. So buy it,
preferably the latest edition but if you're getting one cheap, go ahead.

In 1987, he published 'Seabirds of the World: a Photographic Guide'. Also a
must for your library.

> Dean Portelli wrote,
> I am currently contemplating purchasing Peter Harrison's book "Seabirds:
> identification guide".
>   I gather that there have been two editions, the first published in 1985
> and later reprinted, and a second in 1996 - is this correct? I am a bit
> confused.
> If I do purchase the book it will be a 1991 reprinted version (because of
> price - I gather this is a reprint of the 1985 book). Given that seabird
> taxonomy has changed quite a bit since the early 1980's I welcome comments
> from those in the know as to whether it would be still worth purchasing
> book.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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