Saturday, 19 July 2008

Birds of Scotland



Of the 900 photographs published in the absolutely stunning Birds of Scotland, I was well and truly over the Moon, Mars and Jupiter when I was told that 96 HH images were accepted for publication. This is no mean feat as some of the best bird photographers in the UK submitted large volumes of work for this project and to be up against the best of the best was challenging. There are a lot of HH rare 'n' scarce species as one might expect, but what is personally pleasing for me is how many common species made it in to press that I had specifically set out to photograph on trips to the Scottish mainland and Orkney with this book in mind. So, having over 10% of the images is a bit of a personal milestone for me on a publishing project as large as this and I for one am bloody well proud of it!

I cannot speak highly enough of this book so here is the official blurb from the SOC web site:

The SOC is pleased to announce the publication of a major new book on The Birds of Scotland. This is the third in a line of Scottish avifaunas, following in the footsteps of the Misses Baxter and Rintoul's 1953 'The Birds of Scotland' and Valerie Thom's 1986 'Birds in Scotland'.In two full-colour A4 hardback volumes, containing some 1,600 pages, this encyclopaedia of Scottish birds is written by 150 experts and edited by Ron Forrester, Ian Andrews, Chris McInerny, Ray Murray, Bob McGowan, Bernard Zonfrillo, Mike Betts, David Jardine and David Grundy. All 509 species ever seen in Scotland are included, from the all-important breeding species and winter visitors to the regular migrants and one-off vagrants that combine to make the Scottish avifauna so varied. The significance of Scottish populations is placed in context, and threats and gaps in our knowledge are highlighted. Extinctions, colonisations and the ups and downs of many species illustrate the ever-changing nature of our avifauna stretching back through the 200 years of documented ornithology. Illustrated with 900 first-class photographs and 1,500 charts and maps, this landmark publication is a must for everyone with an interest in Scottish birds - from the casual naturalist to the professional ornithologist, and for visitor and resident alike.

Footnote - its also nice to see my contribution to all things Scottish in the references section...