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Birds of New Guinea Including Bismarck Archipelago and BougainvilleArtist/Author: Gregory, Phil
This is the first field guide to cover the entire New Guinea region, comprising Indonesian West Papua (including the West Papuan Islands, Geelvink Bay Islands and Aru Islands) and Papua New Guinea and its associated islands, the Bismarcks and Bougainville.
All of the 943 species known to occur are covered, including the extraordinarily high total of 456 endemics, as well as 5 introduced species, 2 species yet to be formally described and a separate appendix with 75 vagrants. Subspecies are listed also to give a comprehensive overview of the remarkable regional avifauna.
New Guinea is the second largest island in the world and many of its ecosystems are as yet relatively intact. There are 7 endemic families, and the region is the major centre of diversity for pigeons and doves, kingfishers, parrots, honeyeaters and birds of paradise, with an astonishing diversity and morphological variation and including some of the most sought-after species in the world.
The author has over 25 years experience in the region, living there for some 7 years and travelling widely on birding and research trips, which has given him valuable experience and insight into the avifauna that he has shared with hundreds of people over the years. The artists from Lynx Edicions have worked on many new and revised plates, which give an excellent visual coverage of the avifauna, with over 1780 illustrations. The taxonomy is up-to-date and the distribution maps have been carefully prepared and revised, whilst field identification and vocalizations are a major interest and should make this book an essential and compact reference companion to anyone birding in the region.
Covers 943 species, 456 endemics, 5 introduced species, 75 vagrants and 2 undescribed species.
Birds of Japan (Helm Field Guide)Artist/Author: Brazil, Mark
Japan is home to a spectacular and diverse range of birds, and this up-to-date text covers the identification, voice, habitat, behaviour and range of all the species and subspecies found across the beautiful and fascinating Japanese archipelago. The authoritative text is accompanied by superb full-colour plates painted by an expert artist and covers all major plumage variations. Birds of Japan will ensure that this top birding destination is made accessible to all.
– The essential field guide to the region, covering 738 species and subspecies
– 187 superb colour plates with detailed identification text and accurate colour distribution maps
– Detailed illustrations of distinct subspecies, sexes, ages and morphs
Birds of Ecuador and GalapagosArtist/Author: Byers, Clive
Although it is one of South America’s smallest countries, Ecuador is home to nearly 1,600 species of birds. This is thanks to the huge variety of habitats created by the Andes. The country is a birder’s paradise and an increasingly popular tourist destination. Areas such as Tandayapa, Mindo and La Selva are renowned for their birdwatching potential and boast such dramatic species as Toucan Barbet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Giant Conebill and Ocellated Tapaculo, plus an array of brightly coloured manikins, cotingas, tanagers and hummingbirds. Offshore, the Galapagos Islands provide one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.Two hundred and fifty-two of Ecuador and the Galapagos’ most interesting and spectacular birds are featured in this concise and easy-to-use guide.
Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space.
Tawny Frogmouth (Revised Second Edition) COMING JULY 2018Artist/Author: Kaplan, Gisela
A fully revised, easy-to-read second edition providing the most comprehensive single study of tawny frogmouths.
The tawny frogmouth is one of Australia’s most intriguing and endearing birds. Written by award-winning author Gisela Kaplan, one of Australia’s leading authorities on animal behaviour and native birds, this second edition of Tawny Frogmouth presents an easy-to-read account of these unique nocturnal birds, which can be found across almost the entire continent. Fully revised and updated throughout, this book combines 20 years of systematic observation with published research and information from regional surveys, and represents the most comprehensive single study ever conducted on tawny frogmouths.
We learn that tawny frogmouths are very affectionate, have close bonds with lifelong partners, scream like prowling tomcats when distressed, fight with lightning speed and defend nest sites from reptilian predators by mobbing and spraying pungent faeces at them. Uncompromising male fights are contrasted with the touching gentleness of males as fathers. We also learn how resilient and unusual tawny frogmouths are in the way they cope with heat and cold and scarcity of water, sit out danger, and use a large variety of food items.
This fascinating book has a wide appeal to bird lovers, amateur ornithologists and naturalists, as well as those with a scientific or professional interest in native birds, their communication, emotions and skills.
Owls in the Wild: A Visual Essay – COMING JULY 2018Artist/Author: Palmer, Rob
Explore the amazing world of owls as they fly, hunt, rest, and care for their young .
Photographer Rob Palmer has a passion for birds of prey and has traveled the world in pursuit of images that capture their amazing beauty and behaviors as the go about their lives in their natural environment. In this book, he has collected nearly two-hundred of his favourite shots, showcasing a wide array of species, locations, seasons, and activities. From grown owls in flight to youngsters hamming it up in the nest, you’ll enjoy a virtual tour of the lives of these mesmerising birds. Palmer also provides explanatory text to help you identify the species, appreciate the behaviours, and understand what it takes to get shots like these. Whether you are an owl lover or an aspiring bird photographer, you’ll love this book!
Owl (Second Edition) – COMING JULY 2018Artist/Author: Morris, Desmond
From ancient Babylon to Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat and the grandiloquent, absent-minded Owl from Winnie-the-Pooh to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, owls have woven themselves into the fabric of human culture from earliest times. Beautiful, silent, pitiless predators of the night, possessing contradictory qualities of good and evil, they are enigmatic creatures that dwell throughout the world yet barely make their presence known.
In this classic Reaktion title, now available in paperback, bestselling author and broadcaster Desmond Morris explores the natural and cultural history of one of nature’s most popular creatures. He describes the evolution, the many species and the wide spread of owls around the world, as well as their appearance in folk tales, myths and legends, art, film, literature and popular culture. Originally published in 2009, this new format edition features many telling illustrations from nature and culture and will appeal to the many devotees of this emblematic bird.
Owls: A Guide to Every SpeciesArtist/Author: Claybourne, Anne
Owls: A Guide to Every Species brings together full descriptions and distribution maps for all 225 owl species in the world, illustrated with stunning colour photographs.The charm and mystique of owls resonates through human history. From ancient myth and superstition to the most popular modern children’s stories, these beautiful, deadly birds are harbingers of good and bad news, icons of fear and wisdom, and powerful sidekicks of magic-makers. Yet uncovering the reality of their lives is a tremendous challenge, as most are nocturnal and many extremely secretive. New species are still being discovered, as are new insights into the habits of even the most familiar species.
Glimpses of Australian Birdlife (Paperback) – COMING JUNE 2018Artist/Author: Slater, Peter, Sally Elmer, Raoul Slater
In Glimpses of Australian Birds, authors Peter Slater & Sally Elmer with Raoul Slater take us into the world of birds as they see it. To photograph this book, Raoul Slater spent days sitting in hides with primitive cameras or lugging clumsy and heavy equipment through the wilderness. Some of the results are here – others were taken with the latest state-of-the-art digital cameras. Also available in hard cover.
The House of Owls (Hard Cover)Artist/Author: Angell, TonyFor a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book-a personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls.
Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do-hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures-and reveal his immeasurable respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges. Angell discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He also offers detailed scientific descriptions of the nineteen species of owls found in North America, as well as their close relatives elsewhere. Always emphasizing the interaction of humans and owls, the author affirms by his own example the power of these birds both to beguile and to inspire.
Also available in paperback
The House of Owls (Paperback)Artist/Author: Angell, TonyFor a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book-a personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls.Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do-hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures-and reveal his immeasurable respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges. Angell discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He also offers detailed scientific descriptions of the nineteen species of owls found in North America, as well as their close relatives elsewhere. Always emphasizing the interaction of humans and owls, the author affirms by his own example the power of these birds both to beguile and to inspire.Also available in Hard cover
The Great Horned Owl: An In-depth StudyArtist/Author: Rashid, Scott
The Great Horned Owl is the largest owl found throughout most of North America. Adult owls are between eighteen to 24 inches from head to tail and can have a wing span of more than four feet. Their long ear tufts and cryptic coloration enables them to remain well hidden during the day, often out of sight of sharp-eyed diurnal raptors and eagle-eyed birders. Through more than 130 photographs and illustrations, take an in-depth look into the life of this very impressive and formidable bird. Explore the owls’ food habits, nesting sites, how they raise their young, and the rehabilitation of injured owls. The one-of-a-kind photographs and comprehensive descriptions make this a must-have treasure to be enjoyed by all ages.
Owls of the World (Paperback) – COMING JUNE 2018Artist/Author: Duncan, James
The best and most up-to-date book on owls available. Packed with beautiful illustrations, it explores owl behaviour and lifecycle, including hunting, courtship, breeding and special adaptations for nocturnal life. There is a chapter on each owl family, from the huge eagle owls to the diminutive pygmy owls and owlets.
Author Jim Duncan has studied owls for more than two decades and has banded more than 2,500 owls as part of his research.