Peter Hayman is one of the best-known and most authoritative ornithologists, bird artists and authors in Europe, renowned for his uniquely meticulous approach to bird illustration. His previous books include the best-selling The New Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe (Mitchell Beazley), The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain and Europe (Mitchell Beazley), Shorebirds of the World (Helm) and The Illustrated Guide to the Birds of South Africa (New Holland/Straak). He lives in Suffolk. Rob Hume has been editor of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds award-winning Birds magazine since 1989. He has written several ornithological books including Discovering Birds, Observer's Birds, and Focus on Birdwatching. He is also the author of The New Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe, and The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain and Europe (both Mitchell Beazley) For 10 years he was a member and Chairman of the national British Birds Rarities Committee that scrutinizes reports of rare birds in Britain.