I have no doubt that this book is the definitive guide to Australian birds from an authoritative viewpoint. BUT, as a very amateur bird watcher, I find it frustratingly difficult to actually find a bird in either the 'Index', the 'Visual quick reference to bird groups',the 'Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups',or the 'Checklist of species'. Try looking for 'kookaburra', 'coot', 'koel' 'dove', for instance. You have to know that it is, eg, a 'Laughing Kookaburra', 'Eurasian Coot', 'Eastern Koel' and I'm still looking for doves. Yet, strangely Willie Wagtail is listed in the Index. The Index itself combines Latin and common names which in itself is confusing. Far better to leave the Latin names to the expert bird watchers and have a Common names index for the rest of us who just want to know what is that wonderful bird they saw in the garden this morning!
Rose at Wallabi
Wallabi Point, NSW