G'day Akos et al.
Check out http://www.simplybirding.com/ as well for an alternate LBJ book
and call CDs.
On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 8:15 AM, David Adams <> wrote:
> > Could anyone recommend an app or a collection of bird call recordings I
> can purchase before
> > my trip to South Africa in June next year?
> Lucky you! There's a fairly active local email list for South Africa and
> I've always found them very helpful with questions:
> Southern Africa is better-covered with apps, books, etc. than anyplace else
> on earth outside of North America. For songs and apps, I've used Roberts
> and eSasol..and a stack of other books (I'm not at home right now, ask if
> you need more suggestions.) Get both. For field guides...there is much
> debate...I'd get eSasol on paper and Roberts only electronically.
> One book to *absolutely* get is Faansie Peacock's LBJ's book:
> I'm keen on field guides and can't compare this with *any* of them. It's
> unique, and a masterpiece. Unlike here, southern Africa has tons of LBJs.
> Tons. Faansie's book makes it possible to make progress with them and enjoy
> them a whole lot more. The text and illustrations throughout are just
> In looking this up, I noticed that he's got a new wader book coming out:
> There's a nice little video introduction. I'd buy this in a heartbeat. As
> an illustrator, Faansie Peacock is only one of a handful of people at the
> level of Doug Pratt. (He does the hard sea birds and birds of Hawaii as his
> scientific speciality, but used to contribute tons of plates to other books
> as well.) I don't just mean the quality of the paintings, I mean the
> quality of *observation* going into the paintings. For very subtle groups
> (LBJs, sea birds, waders all come to mind), it takes a very, very
> particular sort of illustrator to do things well. Faansie Peacock is one of
> those exceptionally rare people.
> > Ideally I'd like something like the old BOCA CDs where a person names the
> birds before the calls are played so I can just
> > listen over and over without having to click on each species just to hear
> calls. It would be great for my bus rides to work.
> I don't have the apps with me, but some bird apps have a kind of training
> or quiz mode.
> Have a great trip!
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