Cape York Bird Week and Field guide for Japan

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Cape York Bird Week and Field guide for Japan
From: John Wright <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:00:23 +0900
Hi Philip:

Yes, that's a good book, as is Mark Brazil's "A Birdwatcher's Guide to
Japan" but these only describe birding locations, and as such are not
good for identifying species. Also, they are a bit out-of-date, so the
taxonomy is not current. Great for exploring locations on your own,



On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> I have a book "A Birder's Guide to Japan". By Jane Washburn Robinson.
> Philip
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> To: sonja ross
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> Hi Sonja:
> The best field guide is Mark Brazil's "Birds of East Asia", although it is
> not so light. Another good one is "A Photographic Guide to the Birds of
> Japan and North-east Asia" by Tadao Shimba.
> There is an app for birds of Japan, which you can download from iTunes but
> it doesn't cover all birds recorded in Japan.
> Cheers,
> John
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM, sonja ross <> wrote:
>> I had had a great trip to Cairns and Cape York Bird Week, increasing
>> my life list my 39 and seeing some beautiful birds.  I haven't counted
>> the group's total, and doubt that I will have time to do a trip report
>> at the moment.  Klaus's ability to hear and locate birds was amazing,
>> and the group were good to be with.  Thanks again to those who
>> recommended it.
>> Unexpectedly, my husband has organised at the last minute to go to the
>> Ice Festival in Sapporo, so we leave in less than a fortnight.  Part
>> of the tour is to see the Red-crowned Cranes, and I'm hoping to
>> squeeze in some other birding when we visit gardens etc., so I'm
>> wondering if anyone can suggest a light field guide for the area, or
>> an app as Geoff will have his phone.
>> Thanks in advance for any help.
>> Sonja



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