136 pages, 120 colour photos, 200 colour illustrations, b/w distribution maps, includes CD
Southern African LBJs Made Simple is an important new guide to the cryptic little birds that are known as 'little brown jobs' amongst birdwatchers.
Using colour coding and careful design, the reader is systematically guided through the initial sorting stages: from family group, to 'visual group' within the family, and finally to the species. Illustrations with pointers show characteristic features of each species, summarised in an 'At a glance' box. Concise text describes visual clues as well as other key ID criteria, such as size, habitat, habits, call and similar-looking and -sounding birds. A distribution map shows range, and each species is linked by track number to its call on the accompanying CD. Identification depends on successfully matching a given number of the bird's features – in some cases, just a single convincing diagnostic trait.
Painstakingly conceived and designed, Southern African LBJs Made Simple will have wide appeal for serious birders and keen amateurs alike – anyone who wants to be able to tell one LBJ from another.
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Doug Newman is an electrical engineer with a keen interest in birds, particularly bird calls. He is co-founder of the Simply Birding website www.simplybirding.com, and author of the highly successful Bird Calls for Beginners and More Bird Calls for Beginners. Gordon King's IT training, specifically in data methodology, has helped with the design of various birding projects. Co-founder of the Simply Birding website, he has been published in magazines, including Babble & Chat, and has a passion for photography.