Birds of Europe
with North Africa and the Middle East
by Lars Jonsson
Birds of Europe, or ‘Jonsson’ as we used to simply call it, was simply the best one volume field identification guide to birds when it was first published in 1992 and still holds its head up today. Lars Jonsson has remained my favourite bird artist ever since. He has an amazing ability to capture the jizz of a bird, something the mainly wooden portrayals in many a competitors guide fail to equal.
It is one of the few volumes that has actually left my bookshelves to accompany me on my travels. To offer some additional protection beyond its hardback cover, I covered my volume with a protective (sic) sheet of stick on clear film and this book has spent hundreds of days in the field with me, becoming suitably battered as a result. Sadly, I now view its 985g as far too hefty to be carried on a hike today.
Book from my shelves:
Birds of Europe: With North Africa and the Middle East, Lars Jonsson. Translated by David Christie. Christopher Helm, 1992. ISBN 0-7136-8096-2