Birds of the Seychelles | Adrian Skerrett & Tony Disley | 176 pages | 65 colour plates | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2011 | Edition: 2 | ISBN-13: 9781408151518
This compact field guide, based on ‘Birds of Seychelles’ by Adrian Skerrett, Ian Bullock and Tony Disley (Helm 2000), is the only field guide to cover every species recorded in the Seychelles. It covers more than 250 species, including all residents, migrants and vagrants. Concise text on facing pages highlights key identification features, including habitat, distribution, status and voice. The plates are based on the authors’ previous work, but with the addition on many new images. The text has been completely re-written and revised for this edition, and the plates are been re-worked to accommodate a number of new additions to the country’s list. There are now 12 more plates than in the first edition.Adrian Skerrett splits his time between the UK and they Seychelles, and is a leading authority on the birds of the archipelago. He was the senior author of the previous edition of this field guide. Tony Disley is a leading bird artist whose previous books include Birds of Gambia and Senegal, and Birds of Melanesia.
I’ve little to add to the publisher’s description. I’ve always rated Tony Disley as an illustrator and he certainly doesn’t disappoint here. The text is rather small for my middle aged eyes but is concise and packs a lot into a small space, I particularly like the chart giving the breakdown of what occurs on which islands when and how often by colour key – a nice touch.