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Keith Barnes & Ken Bahrens Prince­ton Univer­sity Press, SB, £22.95, you pay £18.95 when you quote BW-REV

One of the world's best-known and most iconic wildlife-watch­ing des­ti­na­tions, the Kruger Na­tional Park boasts di­verse and colour­ful birdlife. This guide, in the now fa­mil­iar Prince­ton/wildguides style, does it jus­tice with su­perb pho­tog­ra­phy, and is ex­cel­lent as a prac­ti­cal guide to use in the field (259 species are cov­ered). There's a ques­tion, I sup­pose, as to whether you'd buy it rather than the com­pre­hen­sive Birds of South­ern Africa guide, for ex­am­ple, but it's a thing of beauty in its own right, so will ap­peal to any bird­ers head­ing to South Africa. Species are grouped ac­cord­ing to habi­tat, which should help speedy ID in the field, although it can take some get­ting used to. The text is con­cise but clear and thor­ough, and it's a com­pact and light vol­ume, eas­ily fit­ted in a waist­coat pocket. Rec­om­mended.

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