Doug Newman is an electrical engineer with a keen interest in birds, particularly bird calls. He is co-founder of the SimplyBirding website www.simplybirding.com, and author of the highly successful Bird Calls for Beginners, More Bird Calls for Beginners and LBJs made Simple (all published by Struik Nature).

  • Southern African LBJs Made Simple

    Now updated and expanded,  Southern African LBJs Made Simple  offers a unique method for identifying and distinguishing the cryptic little birds that are known as ‘little brown jobs’. Using a three-stage process, the book guides readers through successive stages, each of which takes them closer to identifying the bird in question. As calls play a critical role in identification of these birds, individual calls and comparative tracks are included.

    The book features:

    • NEW BIRD CALL ACCESS – instant access to calls using free downloadable call app to scan barcodes on the species pages
    • Concise text describing key ID criteria (such as size, habitat, habits, call and similar-looking and -sounding birds)
    • Updated distribution maps and carefully labelled illustrations.

    This enhanced and updated new edition will be an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to be able to tell one LBJ from another.

    R320.00
  • Southern African Mammals Made Simple

    Southern African Mammals Made Simple enables users to distinguish between commonly confused mammals by applying the breakthrough methodology that made Southern African LBJs Made Simple so hugely popular.

    The simple three-step system allows for quick and certain identification of mammals in the field. For each species featured, the book gives:range maps; full-colour illustrations and photographs; key identification pointers, and concise text describing height, weight, habits and habitat.

    All of southern Africa’s most common and distinctive mammals are included, but the particular value of this book lies in separating the more challenging species, such as antelope, mongooses, genets, primates and many more. It will appeal to
    both local and foreign visitors to our game parks.

    R240.00
  • 500 Bird Calls

    Identify bird calls with this handy guide and CD, which together feature 500 distinctive southern African species. The CD gives the best-known song or call of each species; the book provides clear and accessible text, with a brief account for each species, including a description of the song, associated behaviour, similar-sounding species, the bird’s favoured habitat type, and a distribution map.

    The introduction describes interesting aspects of bird vocalisations, the differences between true songbirds and non-songbirds and why calls often change with the seasons and time of day.

    R310.00
  • Sounds of African Bush: Game Reserve

    Animals are often heard before they are spotted, and this book serves as an excellent guide to help identify 76 creatures (mammals, birds, amphibians and insects), based primarily on their calls. For each of the species listed, there is a full-colour photograph, distribution map and brief facts about its life history and behaviour.

    Key features: An accompanying CD with 76 common animal calls; Photographs and distribution maps for each species;  Interesting facts, including habitat, diet and time of calls.

    An invaluable resource for nature lovers of all ages, this CD and book will provide a new way of recognising the varied sounds of Africa’s wild areas.

    R170.00
  • Bird Calls for Beginners Southern Africa

    Think of an African safari and the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – immediately come to mind. Award-winning wildlife photographer Gerald Hinde has long been enthralled by these magnificent animals and has spent countless hours in the field, experiencing them in different moods and behaviours. Big Five of Africa beautifully reproduces some of the more remarkable moments he has captured on film during his visits to the wildlife sanctuaries of southern and East Africa. Brief but informative text introduces each animal in turn, providing interesting insights into the nature of these formidable, yet compelling, creatures.

    R170.00