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a godsend to anyone wanting to tell a bar-tailed from a black-tailed godwit, a firecrest from a goldcrest or a greenfinch from a siskin. Daily Express a helpful new book. ...It is carefully detailed but it is also agreeably written. Times It does exactly as it says on the cover. ...a fine book Sunday Express this is an indispensable addition to your library. Scottish Birds

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Keith Vinicombe is one of Britain's top ID experts, writing regularly for Birdwatch magazine on the subject. Alan Harris is one of the world's top bird artists.
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black (May 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408130351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408130353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Five Star on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Originally, there were two Macmillan field guides - the Bird Identification Guide and the Birder's Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds. They were of similar format and many people treated them, in effect, as Volumes 1 and 2 of the same book, as the latter carried on where the former left off.

The newer Helm Bird Identification Guide deals with pretty well everything covered in the original Bird Identification Guide with updates as appropriate. Unfortunately, it includes very few species dealt with in the Birder's Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds, hence, although the European Harriers are fully covered, only the Golden and White Tailed Eagles are and the descriptions of larks is limited to the Short-Toed and Lesser Short-Toed varieties - the rest of the European larks (Sky, Wood, Crested, Thekla etc.) are ignored as are the various wheaears.

For me, the new volume is of much less use than its two predecessors, even in the UK, let alone continental Europe. If I had known that, I wouldn’t have bought it – I’ll probably continue to rely on the original two volumes plus the excellent Collins Bird Guide. Anyone for e-bay?
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Often when you are in the field you are presented with an odd plumage or one shared by several species. The often confusing species present some ID challenges but this guide will help to resolve many of the difficult to ID species. This guide is centered on the British Isles but does flow over into many European species. The illustrations are very good and detailed and the text does well to cover what to look for when comparing species that have similar plumage. Many shorebirds and gulls are included with several of the LBJ warblers and larks. Not just a helpful ID guide but a learning tool. Once you’ve used this a few times in the field it will aid in being more discerning with those tricky species. Definitely one to keep on the book shelf and now with digital photography you can get some snaps and use this in the comfort of your own home instead of on some chilly, windswept beach, unless that is your soft of thing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2014
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Not a bad book, but it is not for American birds. The description does not state this.
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