Working for birds in Africa

Birds of the southwestern Cape and where to watch them

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 14:07 -- abc_admin
Compiled by Wally Petersen and Mel Tripp. UK£12 including p&p from the Cape Bird Club, PO Box 5022, Cape Town 8000, South Africa.
page 138

One of my most enjoyable trips was to Namibia and the South African Cape in November 1994 - hassle-free and lots of good birds and fine scenery. The southwestern Cape contains a surprisingly large number of endemics and specialities, all 'seeable', and although major sites were fairly well documented, a more detailed guide would have been very useful. Wally Petersen and Mel Tripp have done an excellent job in producing this new guide covering 40 of the best birding localities. The accounts are written by people, 25 in all, who know the sites intimately, and include specific details of where to find the specialities as well as directions to the site, a clear map of it and a complete checklist with coded abundance and seasons. The book is liberally illustrated with good quality photos, although only seven are in colour (hardly surprising considering the very reasonable price. The only omission I could see is a list of specialities coded against sites. Whether you are going for a week's twitch or a more leisurely tour, you will not want to be without this book!

Jon Hornbuckle

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