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Icelandic Bird Guide Hardcover – December 31, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Bay Foreign Language Books (December 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9979103795
  • ISBN-13: 978-9979103790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on July 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Basics: 2000, softcover, 193 pages, 402 color photos, 124 species, range maps, seasonal charts

This is a slightly different field guide that goes beyond the typical description necessary for just identification of the birds. In addition to notes in the species account on history, breeding, and fledging, a 25-page section of the book is dedicated to the eggs and young of the island's breeders. It appears a photograph of an egg is supplied for every breeding bird on the island.

For the field guide section, one bird is shown on each page. The color photographs are good quality. Typically, there is one large photo with 1-3 smaller photos to show various poses, genders, or ages. Each of the five sections (seabirds, waders, gull, waterbirds, landbirds, and passerines) is also followed up with a photo section of vagrants. About 124 species are covered, which represent the breeders and the expected migrants, visitors, and vagrants out of a possible 300 birds.

The text offers the expected descriptions of the birds with identification tips. More descriptions are given of the birds voice, habitat, and status. This text is certainly adequate to help identify all the expected birds on the island.

Also included is a range map (incorporating 5 seasonal colors) along with an effective seasonal chart to show when the bird is present throughout the year and when the bird breeds and also when it fledges its young.

This is a great book to have when visiting Iceland. Other than rarer vagrants covered in a more expansive European guide, this book will be all you need for the country.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CAM on June 6, 2012
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I'm lucky to afford it but this book is small enough to travel with and beautiful with some of the best photography I've seen in a birding book. Once I got used to how the information is presented it was easy to use. As far as I could tell this was the best book available specific to Iceland, maybe the only one. I had read a couple of reviews praising the book. I believe it is out of print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. France on July 21, 2010
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This is one of the few bird guides to Iceland that is available and I love the book, the information, the ease of use, the photos.
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By Mark E. on April 2, 2014
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Though this is a relatively small book, it is very well done, with an amazing amount of information packed ito its small package. I was especially impressed with the thoughtful and well-planned layout, with many different knds of information in Iceland birds. It's really one of the best country bird guides I've seen in terms of layout and included information. The only minor weakness I could find is the lack of an overall map to the country.
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