"Sibley Guide to Birds" vs Field Guides
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:57 PM
For those that have both the field guide and the big book, how much extra info (particularly illustrations) is included in the big book? Is it worth having both?
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:30 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:59 AM
Thanks for your response! I am indeed aware of, and use, an e-guide, and look forward to checking out iBird (especially when I get a phone with more memory!). Maybe I'll swap iBird for my current app...
Either way, I still like paper guides as well, and was wondering about "The Sibley Guide to Birds" vs the smaller field guide editions.
Thanks & all the best,
Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:31 PM
I know a lot of people do not like photos, but I do. The Crossley's ID Guide has become my favorite because of all the different angles and showing birds at various distances and lighting conditions with a background that matches the birds' habitat. Only drawback, it's too big for the field, so we use Stokes NA guide. We use Crossley's to ID photos once we're at home or just to study the birds. Those sparrow pages are getting a workout.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 12:47 AM
I've briefly skimmed the Eastern guide and I seem to recall the full book having more illustrations, but maybe I'm wrong.
Btw, I love iBird but it doesn't hold a candle to Sibley's guide. For the most part I strictly use iBird for the audio recordings and real quick field ID checks.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:33 AM
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:12 PM
After that, I think you'll end up wanting specialty books for different types of birds: Peterson's warblers, Wheeler's raptors, Harrison's seabirds, etc. (And of course then you'll want several author's specialty books for each group!) After that, there's Google Images and some ID forum, but I can't remember the name...
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