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Groundbreaking field guide features sound of bird calls


Unlocking sound from pictures!

SAPPI BIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA by Saartjie Kidson and Herman van Niekerk enables readers to hear the call of the birds by pointing the unique Callfinder to a photo, unlocking the sound. It is the all-in-one bird guide that changes the way bird lovers experience nature.
Recent developments have allowed bird lovers to download bird calls via the internet or specialised applications, but nothing could replace the book form of a bird guide. This pioneer book brings together the practicality of a field guide and the ease of technology, taking birding to a new level. The nature lover is no longer bound by internet connections, poor network coverage or impossibly small fonts.

The innovative printing technology prints an invisible grid over each photo. The eye of the Callfinder reads this grid and translates it into sound. For the first time the guide user can recall the sound of a particular bird instantly. The Callfinder is battery operated (rechargeable batteries) and very easy to operate – no complicated menus or operating instructions: simply point it to the photo to hear the sound!

When enjoying nature and bird life, birdwatchers can use the Callfinder and guide anywhere with the greatest of ease. Other devices rely on smartphone applications or internet- based software whereas the Callfinder has all the information stored in its memory. Not only does it allow the user to combine sound and picture effortlessly, but it is much cheaper than any other electronic device currently on the market.

“Point the Callfinder to an image to hear the bird. Simply brilliant!” says Simon Gear from 50/50. “ Birding has never been easier and more enjoyable. This book is the ideal guide for any bird lover and gives the user knowledge – basically anywhere, any time.”

SAPPI BIRDS OF AFRICA is ideal for birders, tour guides and game rangers. Actually everyone with an interest in birds. Its layout and unique grouping ensure fast and easy identification of more than 720 species and contains over 800 high quality photographs. Apart from the Callfinder, birds can also be identified by means of shape, grouping and habit. Any bird can easily be identified with the unique Shapefinder which contains simplified sketches of the main groups as well as group names and page numbers. Quick reference searches are further simplified by the Dualdex, a bilingual index of all the birds by common group names, such as duck or sparrow.

To further simplify identification, there are four main sections: water birds, raptors, veld landscape, and bush and tree landscape birds, in which species are grouped together according to their respective habits or habitats. Within each of these groups the species are further grouped together according to their external shape. The book also includes interesting facts about each species. There are also the latest distribution maps.

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