I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book a few weeks back and now that I have had some time to go through it, I have to say I'm very very impressed.
With thousands of photos, showing birds from almost every conceivable angle, as you would do in the field, it is truly a leap forward in bird identification guides.
How many times has a birder been at a lakeside or marsh and seen only tiny specs for shorebirds on the far shore, distant raptors soaring across the sky, small perched little brown birds that only upon looking through your binoculars or scope, could you actually tell what they were.
This book reflects that, and much more, but also gives clear concise views also, giving you all the best possible looks and angles, even flying away from you ! Which happens all the time!
While slightly bulky and heavy to be taken out in the field, I feel this guide is more suited to an armchair birder who likes to look out his backyard window or one that wants to check the book when getting back home from a trip and needs to pinpoint what it was that he/she might have seen in the field.
The photos are great, depicting true to life colours, with dozens of images of every species of bird, crammed into each page which also has an emphasis on habitat.
I highly recommend you add it to your collection.