The Australian Bird Guide is very good at what it is designed to do - allow the reader to identify birds they see in the wild. The book covers all natives, odd vagrants and introduced species with a beautiful illustration and information on the bird and some notes. The Australian Bird Guide also provides a map showing overall and subspecies distribution. If I have any complaints at all it would be that some of the type is very small maybe seven points or less which makes it hard for those of us over 50 to read. The only other issue is that each bird is only given a wing length not an overall size in mm. Wing length may allow some to imagine a birds size, but for non ornithologists like me it would have been better to just list the birds length in mm and weight in grams. That way we would know if it was a large, medium, small or tiny bird.
This has been very helpful for identifying the birds I have seen around my home and work, and on trips further afield. The illustrations show necessary detail and there is good information about where and when to look for each species as well as notes on behaviour.
Once you get used to the way it is organised, it is excellent for bird identification. Probably the best of it's kind, being very thorough and beautifully illustrated - I think illustrations are better than photographs!