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The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa (2-Volume Set)

Art / Photobook

By: Peter Ginn(Editor), Geoff McIlleron(Editor)

863 pages, 1400+ colour photos, colour distribution maps

The Unlimited

Hardback | Slipcase | Jan 2014 | #222845 | ISBN-13: 9780620580397
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NHBS Price: £155.00 $200/€170 approx

About this book

The most spectacular collection of Southern African bird photographs ever assembled, this visually stunning two-volume book showcases our abundant birdlife in all its stunning diversity.

With more than 1400 photographs of all 960 bird species ever recorded in the region, The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa captures the birds in their natural habitats and reveals some of their interesting and unusual behaviour.

Complemented by fascinating descriptions and interesting observations from 18 of southern Africa's top birding authorities, The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa has been put together in a unique and easy to read format that can be understood and enjoyed by anyone, bird-watcher or beginner alike.

100% of the profits from this book are going to The Unlimited Child, an NGO that gets educational toys into underprivileged creches throughout South Africa. Specially designed to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their potential in life, you will be helping The Unlimited Child to develop the leaders of tomorrow.

"The most spectacular bird book ever published in South Africa!"
- Mark Anderson, CEO, Birdlife South Africa

"The Complete Book of Southern African Birds was amazing, but with THIS book Peter and Geoff have taken it to a whole new level!"
- Doug Newman, birding specialist

"I'm blown away by the photography. Stunning."
- Dr W. Richard J Dean, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology


Volume 1
The Photographs
Conquest of the Skies
Mystery Bird
Tube-Nosed Seabirds
Pelicans and Allies
Herons and Allies
Duck-Like Birds
Birds of Prey
Francolins and Allies
Buttonquails and Allies
Waders and Gulls
Pigeons and Doves
Index of English Names

Volume 2
Mouse birds
Kingfishers and Allies
Rollers and Allies
Barbets and Allies
Perching Birds
Index of Scientific Names
Index of Afrikaans Names
Index of English Names

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24 years after the record-breaking success of his last big book, The Complete Book of Southern African Birds, Peter Ginn has done it again. Four years in the making, The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa takes bird books as we know them to a whole new level with his incredible insight, specialist bird knowledge and exceptional photography. An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of Southern Africa, Peter pioneered the use of photographs to illustrate bird books in the 1970s, and has already put together more than 10 iconic bird books for the southern African region, each one building on the success of the previous one.

With over 35 years’ experience co-authoring a number of popular bird books, Geoff McIlleron has teamed up again with Peter Ginn for the second time since the resounding success of their book, The Complete Book of Southern African Birds. Honorary President of the Plettenberg Bay branch of BirdLife South Africa and a member of the Photographic Society of South Africa, Geoff’s life-long love of the natural world and dedication to its photography has seen him put together a personal collection of photographs covering well over 600 southern African bird species.

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