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Old 30-10-10, 05:25 PM
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I have to own up and confess that I have quite a collection of field guides. If I see one 2nd Hand that I don't have (in an Oxfam book shop, for instance) I usually buy it. most of them I wouldn't dream of taking out (too bulky, very out of date, misleading illustrations etc etc). I was brought up on Peterson, Mountfort and Hollom, and have grown to like the pointers to diagnostic features on the plates - but always found the separation of plate and text really frustrating, involving much page turning and swearing. At least the latest edition has all the plates in one section. I also use Collins "Most complete...." and the RSPB Pocket Birds, although the latter is all photographs which I don't like as much as paintings.
Face it though, no book is ever going to let you identify everything you see, there will always be the ones that get away.....

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Old 30-10-10, 06:17 PM
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This is my pocket guide !!!!

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Old 30-10-10, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by PeterB View Post
Pity you can't take out ont he field with you. Oh, you can, use Blackberry.

I have a small pocket one but I end up not using it. Just wait till I get home and look through the bigger books which
is mostly hopeless in my case as the photographs always look different to the sketches in the books.
When I go on the net and see if there's anything similar to my photograph. Then it's on here.

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