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Birds: ID Insights

Identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and north-west Europe

Birds: ID Insights: Identifying the more difficult birds of Britain and north-west Europe
Dominic Couzens (Author) & David Nurney (Illustrator) | 272 pages | 1000 colour illustrations | New Holland Publishers | Hardback | August 2013 | ISBN: 9781780090580Publisher’s View: The perfect field guide for any birder. Its unique layout, comparing the plumages of similar pairs and groups of species, makes it ideal for getting to grips with the more tricky-to-identify birds found in Britain and the rest of Europe. And its handy pocket size is practical for taking out into the field.

It is based on a long-running series of identification features in Bird Watching magazine. Author Dominic Couzens and artist David Nurney have spent years compiling the field notes and artworks for Birds: ID Insights, and here their efforts are drawn together and made complete in a single volume which is easy to carry in the field and practical for birders to use.

 In addition they have expanded the species list from the magazine series and added many more birds, including the likes of Olivaceous, Sardinian and Subalpine Warblers; Crested, Thekla and Short-toed Larks; Middle-spotted Woodpecker; Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Red-rumped Swallow and Crag Martin.

In total Birds: ID Insights covers more than 300 species, with easy-to-identify-birds such as Magpie and Kingfisher given minimal coverage or excluded so that the more difficult ID issues can be covered as fully as possible.
Fatbirder View: I don’t know how I overlooked this book… it follows the useful ID features in Birdwatching and has a welcome broadening of its range.

There are one or two hiccups, such as a rather lurid green from the printers but by and large the illustrations and text are excellent. Not all are as straightforward as one might like… such as the difference between Pied and White Wagtail which seem to me to make it harder rather than easier and I wonder whether printing was also a problem there.

Nevertheless, this is a book that any birder would be happy to have on their shelves after a day’s birding to check your own skills or clear up a dispute. Well worth shelf space and the price!


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