The primary purpose of this site is to expand the identification and bird finder resources available to users of the Michael Morcombe pocket field guides to the birdlife of Australian state.
Included in the website are large maps with GPS coordinates, that could not be fitted into the printed books. To find these maps, under the main menu heading “State guides” go to the edition you want and look for the link near the bottom.
This site will continue to develop, as new editions are released for each state and more information is added for each location.
There are of course, in the books, the usual small maps showing the range of every State species, along with the identification artwork and text for the birds of each State.
Birds that are endemic, with other featured birds, have in the front of each paper guide book, text for “Where to See” . Those places are repeated in a GPS list towards the back of each book, this repeated also with the maps on this site. In this way, each State book can be a true FIELD guide. That is, of pocket size, light weight for air travel, camping, backpacking, and using along while carrying or using hefty camera, telescope tripod and so on. And, at a price reflecting this small physical size.
This web site multiplies the content specifically available to the users to to each State guide. In all, the seven guides will have some 350 to 400 of these maps, one for each place on the GPS list for endemic and other featured birds, appearing in the paper field guides. Total species covered, of all States and the surrounding seas and islands, will probably be similar or above that of any single-volume, true field guide sized book.
The State mainland guides to oceanic and resident birds, when any one of these is combined with the seabirds, migrant and offshore islands book, will be more complete, as probably required by the more serious birders.
These offshore and visiting birds are substantially similar for many of the States. Their removal from the paper State guides takes out some 90 pages of each book. However that will replaced, in the dedicated volume, by a much larger number of pages, species, and places. Had all this been included in every state volume, each would have much more duplication between States, and be much heavier, larger and more expensive.
Probably most guide users are unlikely to be some 10 to 50 km out from land, in small boats, nor on mudflats trying to identify the shorebirds. In these situations, a pocket sized guide will be far more manageable than any of the really big, heavy guides. Tossing about on oceanic swells, smallish is best, camera lenses and books alike.