Many readers will already be familiar with Paul Sterry’s comprehensive reference book Complete Mediterranean Wildlife, which gives information on birds, along with information about trees, butterflies, plants, insects, and so on. He obviously felt there was scope for details of far more birds than he was able to cover within this one book; this is a gap he is now filling with his new title called Birds of the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean is remarkably rich with birds, not only because of the great diversity of habitats in the region, but also because it provides the main flyway for most migrant breeding species of northern Europe. This stunning new photo guide encompasses all species of birds, including seabirds, found in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and in the adjacent areas with a Mediterranean climate. Naturally, this includes Portugal. Featuring nearly 1,000 beautiful colour photographs, many of which were taken for this volume, the book presents illustrations and concise accounts of each species. The pocket-sized photo guide is convenient, up-to-date, and accurate. Through the extensive use of digital software to enhance the photographs, the book enables readers to compare similar species easily and to view far more plumage variations than ever before. Armchair travellers, birders in the field, and holiday visitors alike will find this book both delightful and useful.
Although a little pricey at 31 euros, this is an invaluable resource and worth adding to the reference library.