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Essential Birding Western South Africa. Key Routes from Cape Town to the Kalahari

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 23:59 -- abc_admin
Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode. 2000. 136 pp. Struik Publisher (Pty), Cape Town. ISBN 1 86872 524 3. Available from WildSounds for UK£9.99.
pages 69 - 70

This new publication, written by two of the Cape's leading birders, describes nine birding routes in western South Africa. Each links some of the key birding sites in the region, offering birders the best chance of connecting with the region's endemic and speciality species.

Following a brief introductory section on the habitats of the region, health and safety, trip planning and taxonomy, there are nine chapters covering each of the birding routes, including the popular pelagic trips out of Cape Town. Each chapter eommmences with an introduction, map of the region and a short list of target species on the route. The remainder of each chapter provides more detail on specific sites with information on how to get there and the species that can be expected. Each is well illustrated with numerous maps and excellent colour photographs.

Although I have not been able to put the guide through its paces, initial impressions suggest a book that is informative, well laid out with clear, understandable maps, and one that will undoubtedly prove to be an extremely useful tool when birding in the region and finding the target species.

Rob Lucking

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