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ZOOM New Zealand Birds
and How to Photograph Them
$4.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (NZBIRDSPJ)

Publisher: Sunbreak Technologies / ProTech International Ltd

Reference / Nature

How to Photograph Birds

New Zealand has always been synonymous with interesting and unusual species of birds, many of which are found only on these islands. With the importation of European species by homesick immigrants of the 19th century, some of the endemics have struggled to survive. However, strong conservation efforts are allowing them to hold their own. New Zealand has a wide variety of native, introduced and oceanic species. These are described by text, photographs, video and sound clips.

This disc provides detail on all 323 living bird species currently on the New Zealand list. Over 160 species are illustrated. Physical descriptions are complemented by more than 500 superb photographs. Over 200 sound clips and selected videos provide additional dimensions to bird identification. An overview of each illustrated bird is provided next to the pictures, with more in-depth information available.

Photographers interested in wildlife photography will appreciate the quality of the action packed photographs capturing birds in a variety of situations. Don Hadden, the author and photographer, has provided more than 60 photographic tips, useful information to help budding bird photographers.

Access the information by common bird names, habitats or by North or South Island locations. Those with a scientific bent may use the taxonomic listing.

Video clips on major New Zealand attractions are also included. See bungee jumping, sperm whales, tuatara lizard, parasailing, coral reef diving, Mount Cook and more.

There are 20 fantastic pictures for use as Windows wallpapers.

Requirements:

IBM PC or 100% compatible, 33-MHz 386 processor or better, 4MB of RAM, color VGA (SVGA 256 colors recommended), MPC compliant CD drive and audio card, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher, Microsoft compatible mouse.

Comments: Don Hadden's photographs are excellent.

Reviews:

CD-ROM World, April 1994

"Anyone with an interest in birds, New Zealand birds in particular, will welcome the general information and stunning photos in New Zealand Birds and How to Photograph Them.

"The textual material covers the main aspects of the lives of all the common birds as well as some less common species. The disc is suitable for school students who want to prepare projects and need a general coverage of a particular bird species. Ornithologists who require detailed information should consult The Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds.

"Physical descriptions are complemented by more than 500 superb photographs. Over 200 sound clips and selected videos provide additional dimensions to bird identification. An overview of each illustrated bird is provided next to the pictures, with more in-depth information available. Photographers interested in wildlife photography will appreciate the quality of the action-packed photographs, capturing birds in a variety of situations.

"The disc covers every currently living bird ever seen in New Zealand, including those that do not remain there permanently. Those species have just two or three lines indicating their current status. It also covers species not seen alive in New Zealand, such as dead sea birds, like the North Atlantic shearwater and Christmas Island Shearwater, that have washed ashore after storms.

"New Zealand Birds and How to Photograph Them is a well-conceived and executed product. It has a pleasant and easy-to-use interface that facilitates navigation. This disc should have an appeal and interest that extend beyond the borders of New Zealand. It's highly recommended for armchair travelers, bird aficionados, and those who want an example of an excellent user interface."



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