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Birds of Senegal and The Gambia (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2012
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Nik Borrow is a freelance artist and bird tour leader. He is the sole illustrator and co-author of Birds of Western Africa and its spin-off title, Birds of Ghana, both in the Helm Field Guides series. Ron Demey is a freelance ornithologist who wrote the text for both Birds of Western Africa and Birds of Ghana.
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The guide begins with a traditional contents page followed by a nice map of the countries concerned with park locations, geographic features, roads, town and rivers. There is also a small inset map showing the countries place in West Africa. The how to use this book section covers the text and maps and plates. Pages on climate and habitat follow with a map of important bird areas of both countries. Taxonomy, organizations, bird topography, a glossary and abbreviations follow.
The main body of the book is of course the plates. Nik Borrow's excellent work is depicted in large, bright images, many of which are much larger than in previous guides. Plumages for male, female and juveniles are shown where relevant. Many species are also shown in flight like shorebirds, skuas, gulls, terns, raptors, nightjars and swifts. The artwork seems slightly brighter and crisper than in previous guides too. The plates are faced by the text which includes a multicolored map showing distribution in the area. Each species section begins with some notes on the species themselves before each individual species is covered. Descriptions of plumage and id characters are described with the main features to look out for in bold text.Read more ›