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Re­view of Collins Life­size Birds plus save in the Bird Watch­ing book­shop!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - RE­VIEWS BY MATT MER­RITT

LIFE SIZE BIRDS Rob Read & Paul Sterry Orion, HB, £20, BW Book­shop £17.99 As you’ll have read on page 36, size can be a very un­der­rated fac­tor in bird iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, so it’s great to fi­nally have a book that takes it as its guid­ing prin­ci­ple. Cov­er­ing all of Bri­tain and North West Europe’s birds, there’s at least one life-size photo for each species. Now ob­vi­ously, with the likes of, say, Crane, that doesn’t mean the whole bird. It’s a large for­mat book, but not that large! But it does do a great job, even with species such as those, in con­vey­ing some sense of scale, par­tic­u­larly in com­par­i­son with other species. With those that you ac­tu­ally can fit onto a page, it’s even bet­ter. You re­alise just how small that many waders, in par­tic­u­lar, re­ally are – the likes of Jack Snipe and Lit­tle Stint, for ex­am­ple, but also some like Green­shank. The photography is ex­cel­lent, with species cap­tured in typ­i­cal poses, and the text is rel­a­tively brief but in­cludes all the in­for­ma­tion you’re likely to need, given that you’ll use the book to sup­ple­ment a more tra­di­tional field guide. A valu­able ad­di­tion to any bird­watcher’s li­brary. READER OF­FER In our ex­cu­sive of­fer, Bird Watch­ing sub­scribers (UK res­i­dents only) can buy Life Size Birds for just £10 (free P&P, please quote your sub­scriber num­ber). To or­der, please send your full name and ad­dress, and a cheque for the ap­pro­pri­ate amount, made payable to Bird Watch­ing, to Nicki Man­ning, Bird Watch­ing, Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough PE2 6EA. Of­fer open un­til 15 March, 2017.

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