RFI: 20thC Australian bird books

To: birding aus <>
Subject: RFI: 20thC Australian bird books
From: Paul Jacobson <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:11:48 +1100
Hi All,

I've been browsing a few local second hand book shops, and was curious about the value of some of the older Australian bird books.

My inital impression is that many are of historical value only. On cursory examination the two volume Slater "A Field Guide to Australian Birds" and "What Bird Is That?" seem to fall into this category.

Several other books looked to be worth further consideration: H. J. Firth's "Waterfowl in Australia" looked pretty interesting, but seemed to be from the late 60's, so I was unsure of it's value as a contemporary reference. One tome that really caught my eye was J. D. MacDonald's "Birds of Australia" which looked to be quite interesting. Peter Slater's detail drawings were better than anything I've seen in the current crop of field guides, and I'm very tempted to buy this volume on that basis alone.

I'm curious if anyone has any recommendations on which volumes published last century are still worth adding to a new birders library.


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU