For ages I’ve been contemplating writing a blog post on bird identification field guides.
Mercifully, both for readers and myself, I’ve failed to do so!
I can now do better than that …
Chris Watson, a fellow bird blogger and curator of The Grip, has produced a terrific analysis of the major field guides to Australian birds. His blog post, Birds in Dead Trees, is an objective and subjective survey of the features, pros and cons of the five current contenders : Simpson & Day, Pizzey & Knight, Morcombe, Slater and Campbell.
It’s an excellent summary and will certainly be useful in deflecting future inquiries from friends and acquaintances.
For the record, my personal favourite is The Field Guide to Birds of Australia by Pizzey and Knight, but the first book that got me excited about birds is pictured below. I received a copy of Australian Birds by Robin Hill as a birthday present almost 50 years ago and still regard it with affection!