Birds in the UK or USA

Subject: Birds in the UK or USA
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 03:12:20 -0700 (PDT)
Best European field guide (probably the best quality bird field guide 
Collins Bird Guide: Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars Svensson and Peter 
Grant, illustrated by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom. 1999.
Best American field guides:
Field Guide to the Birds of North America by National Geographic Society. 2006. 
Fifth Edition. This standard field guide was very considerably revised and 
up-dated with the third edition in 1999 (with 80 new species, some 35 new 
plates and many other changes). This fifth edition includes fully up-dated 
distribution maps and 80 species more than the fourth edition, with 504 pages 
and colour plates throughout. 
The North American Bird Guide by David Sibley. 2000. Superb and a 'must' for 
anyone interested in North American birds. With over 6,000 outstanding colour 

I haven't seen the new "Peterson" yet: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North 
America by Roger Tory Peterson. 2008. An enlarged and digitally fully updated 
edition of the classic field guide, with 544 pages, updated colour plates and 
detailed, large format distribution maps.
Best Japanese bird book (there is currently no state-of-the-art field guide 
A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia by Tadao Shimba. 
2007. A comprehensive guide, with 504 pages and over 1,500 colour photographs. 
I haven't seen Mark Brazil's new book yet:
Birds of East Asia by Mark Brazil. An up-to-date field guide covering the whole 
eastern Asia, including eastern Russia, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, with 
528 pages, 234 colour plates and species distribution maps.
Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW 

----- Original Message ----
From: Rob Geraghty <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2008 9:32:36 AM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birds in the UK or USA

Hi Folks,

Is there anyone on the list who is familiar with the birds of the UK, Japan or 
the USA? I am trying to record birds I saw on overseas trips in the past, but 
the books I have don't show some of the species I have photographed.  
Apparently a pelican is not a common bird in the UK because it's not in my 
"Field Guide to Birds of Britain and Northern Europe".  Maybe I got the 
expurgated version?  The one without the Gannet?

Please email me of the list - I don't want to bug everyone else with threads 
about birds outside Oz. :)


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