[Fwd: Field guides to Indonesia and the Philippines]

Subject: [Fwd: Field guides to Indonesia and the Philippines]
From: Alastair Smith <>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 21:34:23 +1000
   I am soon to go to Indonesia and the Philippines on business and would
   like some advice on field guides.

   My online research indicates that there is only one Indonesian field
   guide that covers most of the archipelago, which is `A Field Guide to
   the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali', by John Mackinnon, et
   el, OUP, 1993. This guide seems to be very difficult to procure and I
   have not found a single copy on the web, either new or second-hand.
   There is also a photographic guide sold by Andrew Isles amongst
   others, `[1]A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia' (ISBN:
   [2]0691114951) by Morten Strange.
   Two questions then. Is it worth continuing to try and procure the
   Mackinnon field guide or is it worth purchasing the Strange
   photographic guide or should I take both? I have never contemplated
   birding with a photographic guide before so I would appreciate any
   For the Philippines it would seem that all roads lead to [3]A Guide to
   the Birds of the Philippines by Kennedy, R.S.; Gonzales, P.C.;
   Dickinson, E.C. et al. Any comments?



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