Books for Birdwatchers

by Kara on September 12, 2009

A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru

A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peru

I don’t really consider myself a birdwatcher. I don’t keep lists of the birds I have seen and I don’t carry binoculars or a spotting scope when I travel. Nonetheless, I do enjoy trying to identify birds in the wild, so I always try to bring a bird identification book for the area we are visiting. I started this on our honeymoon in 2003, and since then I have amassed a small collection of bird books. When we went to Peru in 2005, I discovered a series of books called “A Photographic Guide to Birds of…“. These books are 3.75 by 7.5 inches and less than half an inch thick, so they are easy to throw in your backpack. They are even narrow enough to fit in a back pocket. I got one for China when we went to Hong Kong and I bought one for Costa Rica as well when we went there. One thing I like about these books is that they have photographs rather than drawings. Sometimes the pictures aren’t all that great, but I find it easier to identify birds from photos than from drawings. They are published by Ralph Curtis Books in the United States and New Holland in the United Kingdom. I am not sure how good this series is for serious birdwatchers, but for casual bird enthusiasts like me, I think they are great.

Sometimes these books can be hard to find. I found a couple on Amazon, but sometimes I have to look elsewhere. The best source for ornithology books is Buteo Books. I found books on birds of Bhutan and birds of Korea there that I had trouble locating elsewhere. They really know their stuff and they ship very quickly. Definitely worth a look if you like birds.

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michael moore September 13, 2009 at 7:21 am

birds truely are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on this planet. There’s so much variety and variation within the spieces I find it hard not to watch even the most common of birds go about thier daily activitys.

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