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Birds of India Paperback – 2 May 2016
Paperback, 2 May 2016
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Bikram Grewal has written over 20 bestselling books on Indian birds and the first comprehensive guide to the wildlife of India. He is also the author of many books on India and is closely involved with several institutions dealing with India’s environment. He divides his time between Delhi, Dehradun and the Sundarbans.
Sumit Sen is an expert birder, photographer and financial analyst, with an abiding interest in documenting the life of birds in India. He has also contributed articles to the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, Sanctuary Asia magazine and had articles appearing in the Journal of Threatened Taxa and Indian Birds. His photographs have been published in various books and journals worldwide.
Sarwandeep Singh runs a successful birding tour company and is one of India’s leading bird photographers. He travels the country in pursuit of rare fauna and many of his photographs appear in this book.
Nikhil Devasar is based in Delhi where he runs the Delhi Bird Club, an ornithological group. He also conducts awareness and education programmes for young people and school children, and organises an annual census of Delhi’s birdlife. His photographs have been published in several books, and are regularly featured in Indian and foreign magazines and publications.
Garima Bhatia has worked for more than a decade in the automotive industry and is a chemical engineer by training. She loves to travel and chase birds all over the world. Introduced to birds as a child, she now feels incomplete without binoculars around her neck and camera in hand.
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I opted for this one over the latter two since I have recently started Birding and need clear pictures to identify birds. This book gives over 4000 pictures of birds with details (including male, female, juvenile, bird taking a flight etc) to identify the birds. It really helps having a picture vs having a painting like in other books. Though Salim Ali has more details on Distribution, Habits, Nesting etc this one has all the details needed for beginners.
I later also bought a copy of The book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali for detailed description which is missing in this book, however for on field identification I prefer this book over any other book in the market.
The quality of the paper is really good, wish the book was hard bound since field guides are subject to more wear and tear, though that would make the book more heavy than it already is.
For all bird lovers, I highly recommend this, Happy Birding!
PRO: The photographs are much more lifelike than drawings, which makes this book a real pleasure to read sitting at home... even when you aren't out in the field.
>The descriptions are written with a lot of love and passion, and I have already spent several hours reading them.
CON: The drawings of the other field guides show every detail of the bird's physical appearance - from the beak to the tertiaries. However, some of the photographs in this book miss out key identificatory features - e.g. the picture of the Lineated Barbet doesn't even show the characteristic lineations on the throat and chest!
>Distribution maps of the range of birds are included, but not always accurate. On occasion, the written description under the "range" column doesn't match the distribution map right beside it.
The book has been written with a view to conservation and preservation of birds and other wildlife, so it also includes certain extinct or presumed-extinct species.
On the whole, I find this guide helpful because I can spend several hours reading it to familiarize myself with birds of areas I haven't visited, but in the field there's no substitute for the Grimmett guide.
First ever bird guide in India, with good photographs. Though the existing ones like grimmett are better, but those have paintings, where as this book has gorgeous photographs.
Really great value for Money. I bought this book in Amazon for 750 bucks. A steal in deed. 4000 photographs for just 750.
On par with other field guides available in market.
Though I like this book very much, I cannot overlook the cons.
This is not a field guide in true essence. Though its an awesome reference book, binding is too fragile, If you take this in field for few days, be assured to damage the book. Hard binding would have made this book the best one.
Maps are way too small. Slightly bigger would have been better. Moreover accuracy of maps are that good. Species like Grey headed lapwing and Fulvous whistling duck are found in abundant down south around chennai since last 10 years or so. But the maps does not show any reference for these species down south.
Not all images are good. Even for some common species like kentish plover, images are way too soft. Mindy you still, majority of the images are way too good.
In my opinion to learn the minute details of bird for a beginner, paintings are best choice. Not all images have all minute details of birds.
But still to enjoy the beauty and identify the birds ofcourse, this book in additon to Grimmett's book will be a pleasure to own.
Go ahead and buy one, if you are an avid birder like me.
P.S.-Leaving some pics of the book itself.
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