2008/07/13

What a gift!!!


If you follow Tommy at Unnaturally Natural, then you will already know that the guide arrived on July 7, EXACTLY a year after I started this blog!! What a blogoversary present!!

Even though we had little time during the week, we managed to start identifying some birds we had pictured this year. It proved to be a challenge. Our pictures were not exactly the perfect close ups, and checking out details on faces and plumages was extremely hard but also sooo exciting!!

We have now 656 pages of pure gold. 1,792 species of birds.
What a treasure!! So much to learn and enjoy!!

I've posted many times about Vermilion Flycatchers that visit our garden or the nearby parks, so I leave you with a pic of pages 450 and 451, where they are shown. You can now have an idea of why are we so excited with this guide: coloured distribution maps, clear descriptions and amazing plates.

I am happy :)

11 comments:

evilbirder said...

Our first time using this to identify birds the other night was far easier (and much more fun) than searching all over the internet. Hopefully this book will encourage us to get out and look for the birds more too!

Mel, I don't think I've ever seen you move faster than when you came in from work that night, eyes shooting everywhere, "WHERE IS IT?!?" jajaja (sorry, couldn't resist mentioning that!)

Happy birding!
Tommy

Gallicissa said...

Congratulations once again!
What a happy coincidence that it arrive smack on your one year anniversary! 1,792 birds - nearly 18 % of world birds on your home soil is not a joy many of your blog readers including myself can brag about. SO, I am positively jealous about it.

Markus Jais said...

Congratulations! I wish you a lot of fun with this new book and many great observations (incl. Harpy!)

Lynne said...

Mel, your excitement is wonderful! I hope you and Tommy enjoy the book and teach US everything you learn along the way.

Mary said...

Tommy done good :o)

John said...

It looks like a great guide.

I didn't know that Vermilion Flycatcher had a dark morph.

Sekhar said...

Happy that you finally got your gift Mel. I can understand the joy you must be feeling. The same I had when I received my 'Illustrated Encyclopaedia' from my dad during my childhood days. Enjoy, and Happy reading :)

S.C.E. said...

..........but will it tell you what that little brown bird hiding in the bushes is???

I have a fieldguide from when I went to Venezuela. Pretty similar species to Peru I guess. And lots and lots of them........

Meggie said...

What a perfect gift! Congrats on your one year anniversary, Mel!

Eva said...

This is an excellent guide. I bet you're having a field day with it.

Mel said...

Thank you all.
It is a legendary book and it is possibly the best present I have gotten in a few years!