Many of the plates in the first edition had significant amounts of empty space, but this has been noticeably reduced by moving illustrations around and in some cases, increasing the size of individual paintings. Normally this has worked very well, but in the case of Hamerkop, the illustration has increased in size whilst that of other species has not, and it is larger than African Openbill in the 2nd edition, which is not quite right. Both Egyptian and Eurasian Griffin Vultures have been removed from the list, enabling all the true vultures to appear on a single improved plate. Long-legged Buzzard has also been removed, opening space for new illustrations of Red-necked and Common Buzzards in flight from above.
Nik Borrow made improvements individual illustrations on 81 of the original plates as well as painting additional species that have been added to the Ghana bird list since the 1st edition. Improved paintings and plates include those of egrets, female Garganey, Nkulengu Rail, godwits, phalaropes, gulls, larger owls, Forest Robin, Grey Ground Thrush, Phylloscopus warblers, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Ussher’s Flycatcher, Puvel’s Illadopsis, and Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike.