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The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds : Second Edition - Peter Slater

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds

Second Edition

Paperback

Published: 16th September 2009
Ships: 7 to 10 business days
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$32.99

This guide to the identification and classification of all the birds so far recorded in Australia is designed for use in the field, to slip easily into a hip-pocket, backpack, or glovebox.

The illustrations have been planned to enable easy comparison between similar species. The text emphasises the best way to differentiate each species, with a key sentence setting out the most helpful characteristics to watch for.

In the Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, more than 750 species are described and illustrated in 157 superbly painted plates. The concise and informative text details the different plumages of male and female birds, variations between adult and juvenile birds, information on seperate sub-species or races, together with their range.

The book also includes species distribution maps, which enable the watcher to tell at a glance whether the particular bird is within its area, or is perhaps a rare visitor. In addition, the eggs of all species that actually breed in Australia are illustrated. A concise description of the nest is given as well. The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds is a must for naturalists and enthusiasts alike visiting Australia.

About the Author

Peter Slater has been interested in birds since early childhood and has studied nearly every Australian species in the field. He has written or illustrated more than twenty books on Natural History. The paintings for this volume took about six years to complete, with superb detail and definition, each bird being carefully checked for colour accuracy.

Over 150 full-colour plates

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    3.0

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    By Brian

    from Canberra

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    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand

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      Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

      I lost my previous edition of this guide. I found it excellent as a nice-sized, comprehensive, single reference book.
      This edition is the same but is far heavier - too heavy for me to enjoy carrying around.

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      4.0

      What every bird observer needs

      By Blossom

      from Sydney, AU

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      • Deeply Informative
      • Easy To Understand
      • Great illustrations

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        Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

        This bird guide is very informative and provides excellent illustrations for different species, as well as the different sexes and juveniles.

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        5.0

        One of the best books...

        By Strawbes

        from Gold Coast

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          Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

          I already own a copy of this book but bought this copy as a housewarming present for friends who have just moved over from NZ and were amazed by all the bird life where they live.

          It is a great little book full of drawings & information for not just bird lovers, but those just wondering what the bird was they saw flit by.

          I highly recommend it to anyone interested in our beautiful Australian bird life.

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          5.0

          Great informative book

          By Smiley

          from Port Macquarie

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            Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

            My son used this book extensivly when he travelled through outback australia. My husband had a look through it and was very impressed hence he is getting one for his birthday.

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            5.0

            great reference book

            By Kez

            from Cessnock NSW AU

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              Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

              Easy to handle in the field. good size for outdoor work

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              5.0

              Outstand

              By Row B

              from Dwellingup, Australia

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                Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

                Great illustrations, makes it easy to identify birds in the air and the trees

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                4.0

                Well produced, excellent illustrations

                By Silver Fox

                from Brisbane

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                  Recognition and identification of Australian birds

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                  Delivery & service were both great

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                  ISBN: 9781877069635
                  ISBN-10: 1877069639
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 414
                  Published: 16th September 2009
                  Publisher: NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 11.9  x 2.7
                  Weight (kg): 691
                  Edition Number: 2