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Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

Bill Bai­ley’s new of­fer­ing plus The Com­plete Gar­den Bird Book, among oth­ers. Plus, save money in the Bird Watch­ing book­shop

Fore­word by Chris Pack­ham Collins, HB, £25

A book like this al­ways stands and falls by the qual­ity of the photography, so the first thing to say here is that it’s out­stand­ing, as you’ll al­ready know if you at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion at Bird­fair, or have been to the ex­hi­bi­tion at Kew, Lon­don. The text is short and to the point – what equip­ment was used, and a lit­tle about how the pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tured the im­age – so the pho­tos them­selves are given plenty of room to breathe, be­ing beau­ti­fully re­pro­duced on good qual­ity pa­per. So, this is above all an in­spi­ra­tional book, not just for any pho­tog­ra­phers who have hopes of win­ning such a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion, but for all birdwatchers – the pho­tos tell a va­ri­ety of sto­ries, and show all sorts of be­hav­iours that you may not have seen be­fore, as well as high­light­ing the beauty of some species that we tend to take for granted. That all makes it the per­fect book for brows­ing through on a win­ter evening – let it bring the world of birds to vivid life in the com­fort of your home.

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