Birds of Northern Europe
By NatureGuides Ltd.
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A high-quality digital field guide, with bird names in 15 languages, covering 352 species of birds regularly seen in Northern Europe. This list covers all except rarer vagrants and includes every bird likely to be seen by the vast majority of birdwatchers in the region throughout the year. Countries covered include Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland (The Netherlands), Belgium, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg and Northern France. Comprehensive information is provided including: multiple annotated illustrations by leading artists showing the full range of plumages including rarer races and variations, beautiful still photographs for many species; songs and calls, maps showing distribution in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and the full detailed text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic (THE standard reference work originally published by Oxford University Press). Perfect for more experienced birders who will appreciate the comprehensive and professional ornithological content in this App.
• fully compatible with iPad using the full resolution of its larger screen
• species names translated into 13 languages plus International English and US English
• includes audio recordings of both songs and calls (which can be played on iPhone and iPod touch built-in speakers)
• annotated illustrations by top bird artists including Ian Lewington, Alan Harris, Mike Langman and DIM Wallace
• superb portrait photographs for many species
• definitive text accounts from the Concise edition of Birds of the Western Palearctic
• information on typical behaviour, identification and plumage variations
• many images showing nests, eggs and flight shots
• detailed distribution maps both for the whole Western Palearctic region
• quick search by species name or part of name
• organise bird names alphabetically or by family, with collapsible headings
• intuitive navigation uses gestures and flip-to-horizontal mode
• pinch zooming for visual assets
NAMES IN 15 LANGUAGES
Species and family names can be in any of the following languages, and changed at any time: Català, Dansk, Deutsch, English, English (International), English (US), Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português, Suomi, Svenska, русский язык (Russian). Note that the species text accounts, assets captions and illustration annotations are in English only.
Produced and published by BirdGuides Ltd, the UK's leading developer of natural history software. Please visit www.birdguides.com to see the wide range of birding services and products that we offer. BirdGuides has been established for more than 15 years and is staffed entirely by people who are birders themselves. We publish reference guides for every level, from beginners to professional ornithologists. The content and design of this app for Northern European birds draws on this wealth of expertise. Please see our other apps in the iTunes store.
• To hear the songs, calls and commentaries, make sure your iPhone isn't switched to silent, and that the volume is turned up sufficiently.
• Early model iPod touch will require earphones or speakers.
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Improved scrolling, various bug fixes
I don't know what people expect
It's hard to see why everyone doesn't give this five stars. I have at least £1000 pounds worth of bird books at home because there is no perfect guide or one reference that covers all aspects. The BWP is as close as it gets but I can't take that into the field with me. This is as close as you can get and on top of that I can hear calls too; no book can do that. I have to ask those that think this is expensive if they have ever bought a book before. If you are looking at this app you surely already have your bins, scope, goretex everything, etc. What's 15 quid on top of that to get the equivalent of £200 worth of reference books that can't go out of date, plus a box set of bird call CDs, all in a pocket-sized format (smaller than any of my field guides) that you don't have to re-wrap in parcel tape every other trip to stop it disintegrating. This is a bargain!
Bird names easy to fix
To address the issue raised by ColinWH on the names being a bit odd: that is because you have the language set to "English (International)". If you change it (by clicking on the i symbol in the top right of the screen, then settings, then language) to the one that is just called "English" you will get the British English names of the birds, ie Common Gull, Curlew, Redstart instead of Mew Gull, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redstart. It confused me at first but is easily fixed.
I've enjoyed using this so far - not a perfect substitute for a field guide but a useful thing to have on you day to day, and the ability to play back calls in the field is invaluable. It has also already been very useful on birding trips to Germany, as you can change the langage very easily so that you can tell your companions what bird you've just seen in their langauge!
An excellent base
This is, by far, the best bird reference app available for the iPad. Just a couple of additional features would make it truly indispensable.
A key to identification from observed features would improve things considerably, differentiating any number of LBJs is not easy when the only categorisation options are taxonomic or alphabetic.
A few more photographs per species would also be useful, the illustrations are very good, particularly the ones with key features labelled but nothing beats an image of the actual bird as it would be seen in the wild.
A superb guide that is well translated to the iPad but it could so easily be perfect.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: 07 December 2010
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 311 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: NatureGuides Ltd.
- © 2010 BirdGuides
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.