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Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Debus, Stephen
Raptors are popular and iconic birds, and are important ecologically, with some species listed as threatened. Yet they are among the most difficult birds to identify. This fully updated Third Edition of the popular and award-winning field guide Birds of Prey of Australia contains two sections: a field guide with distribution maps, detailed illustrations and information on identification; and a handbook which includes an overview of the current knowledge about raptors, including their biology, ecology and behaviour. An illustrated section on difficult-to-distinguish species pairs is also included, along with new photographs.
Birds of Prey of Australia will appeal to a wide range of readers, including ornithologists, raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers/carers, raptor rehabilitators, zookeepers, naturalists, bushwalkers, ecological consultants, fauna authorities, park rangers, state forestry personnel and students.
Where to see Birds in VictoriaArtist/Author: Dolby, Tim, Penny Johns, Sally Symonds
Where to See Birds in Victoria features the very best places in Victoria for seeing birds. Despite being Australia’s smallest mainland state, its varied landscapes provide habitat for more than 500 bird species. It is without question one of Australia’s best-kept birding secrets. Compiled, written and photographed by a dedicated team from Birds Australia (Vic), this guide features over 40 destinations throughout Victoria, including such classic birding spots as Wyperfeld, Hattah, Kulkyne, Little Desert, Chiltern, Mount Pilot, Terrick Terrick, the Grampians, Croajingolong, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, the Otway Ranges, Wilsons Promontory and Mount Buffalo, as well as many places in and around Melbourne and along the coast. Where to See Birds in Victoria provides information on how to get to each destination, what facilities and accommodation to expect and, importantly, precisely where to look for those special or rare birds. The book also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date list of birds, with the degree of rarity and where to see it noted for each species. So, for Victorians and visitors to the Sate, the secret is out. What better way to see some wonderful places and magnificent wildlife than by using Where to See Birds in Victoria as your guide,
Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Kaplan, Gisela
An insight into the cognition, communication and social structure of this iconic Australian bird.
The Australian magpie is one of our nation’s most popular and iconic birds. It is loved for its impressive vocal abilities, propensity to play, excellent parenting and willingness to form enduring friendships with people.
Written by award-winning author Gisela Kaplan, a leading authority on animal behaviour and Australian birds, this second edition of Australian Magpie is a thoroughly updated and substantially expanded account of the behaviour of these birds. With new chapters on classification, cognition and caring for young, it reveals the extraordinary capabilities of the magpie, including its complex social behaviour. The author, who has devoted more than 20 years to studying and interacting with magpies, brings together the latest research on the magpie’s biology and behaviour, along with information on the origin of magpies, their development and health not published previously.
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 avian behaviour and ecology and those interested in the importance of native birds to the environment.
Field Guide to Birds of North QueenslandArtist/Author: Gregory Phil; Matsui Jun
Birdwatchers travel to North Queensland from all over the world in search of specialities such as Southern Cassowary, Eclectus Parrot, Golden Bowerbird, Magnificent Riflebird and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. This comprehensive field guide to the birds of the region covers more than 400 species found in the rainforests and other key habitats which are at the epicentre of Australia’s avian biodiversity. Each species is illustrated with usually three or four of Jun Matsui’s stunning photographs, showing different plumages according to age, sex or season. Phil Gregory’s text – approximately 150 words per species – describes key identification features, habitat, distribution, voice and status. The book is aimed at Queensland birdwatchers and also at the many visitors to the region. It includes all the latest taxonomy, such as recently ‘split’ species never previously described or illustrated in a field guide, which will appeal in particular to keen birders. In short it is the best and only guide of its kind on the market.
Your Backyard Birds: Understanding the Behaviours, Habits and Needs of our Brilliant BirdsArtist/Author: Cleary, Dr Gráinne
The remarkable relationships between our often cheeky birds and humans in Australian backyards all over the country are revealed with humour and charm. An ideal gift for any bird lover. A beautiful, inspiring and heartwarming book about our human relationships with the birds who share our backyards.
‘Do you ever wonder what birds are talking about as they fly by you? The sounds and songs of birds constantly surround us as we go about our lives. But what are they talking about? Or are they even talking or just mindlessly squawking and chirping? Why are so many urban birds so loud? Is there a message in what the birds are telling each other?’
Observing and interacting with all the different birds who visit Australian backyards leads naturally to questions about their behaviours, habits and needs. Why are they visiting? What do they want from us?
For a bird, life in Australia means having mates: others who you can trust and work with to locate food and water, which can disappear as suddenly as it appears. As the humans who plant the gardens they live in and visit, what can we learn from Australia’s often-cheeky birds?
With a foreword by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams AM, and chapters dedicated to discovering extraordinary information about Australia’s innovative birds, Your Backyard Birds is a delightful and compelling read. With real stories from bird-loving citizen scientists, this fascinating book features new insights about the lives of our avian friends.
Your Backyard Birds, written by a wildlife ecologist who is passionate about the vital role of citizen scientists, provides a fresh and lively perspective on human interaction with birds.
Australian Birds of Prey in Flight: A Photographic GuideArtist/Author: Seaton, Richard, Mat Gilfedder, Stephen Debus
Identify the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you with this photographic guide.
Birds of prey spend most of their time in flight and, when viewed from the ground, they are notoriously hard to identify. Australian Birds of Prey in Flight is a photographic guide to the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you. Individual species profiles describe distinguishing features and the text is supported by detailed images showing the birds at six different angles and poses, using photographs from many of Australia’s leading bird photographers. Annotated multi-species comparison plates highlight key features that can help differentiate birds of prey in flight.
This book will be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about Australia’s birds of prey, and will provide a useful reference for identifying soaring birds in the field, and also while trying to identify images from your own camera.
The Complete Guide to Australian BirdsArtist/Author: Adams, George
Birds of Western Australia: The Field GuideArtist/Author: Nevill, Simon
This comprehensive field guide to the birds of Western Australia includes detailed descriptive text, distribution maps and photographic illustrations of 486 species, covering the vast majority of sedentary birds and regular migratory birds.
Most of the photographs have been taken by Author Simon Nevill himself, showing the birds in their natural habitats. The majority of the information imparted in this guide comes from Simons personal experience over the last forty years of bird watching in Australia, giving the guide a more personal tone.
Cranes, Herons & Storks of AustraliaArtist/Author: Hollands, David
David Hollands has spent 16 years traversing Australia to find, study and photograph the 17 species which make up this book. His passion and enthusiasm for his subjects shine through in the text; lively, accurate, informative and beautifully written, not only about the birds but about the expeditions to find them. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 of the author’s photographs. Though primarily a photographic book, there is a short, 12-page field guide section at the back to all 17 species.
Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots: The 55 Best Birdwatching Sites in AustraliaArtist/Author: Rowland, Peter, Chris Farrell
This lavishly illustrated guide describes 55 of the best sites for viewing both common and rare species in Australia. Alongside a map of the area, detailed descriptions of each site cover the type of terrain, climate and specific spots at which certain species are likely to be encountered. A fact file for each site lists road and rail access; entry fees and permits, facilities, nearby services, accommodation and GPS co-ordinates. Key species for each site are also listed.
Birds of Cataract Gorge and SurroundsArtist/Author: Forteath, Nigel
This invaluable reference, with superb photographs, describes 97 bird species, including 10 of Tasmania’s 12 endemics. It is a must for anyone interested in the bird life of Launceston and the region.
Emeritus Professor Nigel Forteath AM, a retired zoologist, is an Honorary Research Associate at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. His extensive career in aquaculture led to many awards, including Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for Services to Marine and Freshwater Biology. Nigel has always had a keen interest in birds and photography and brings his imagery and understanding of Cataract Gorge’s Bird life together in this guide.
Finches of AustraliaArtist/Author: Roberts, Col
Col Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s leading landscape, fishing and bird photographers. He has limited the amount of text in this beautiful coffee table book, preferring to write his own field observations. This is the most comprehensive collection of Australian finch photos ever recorded. Col has captured interesting behavioural images which take many forms including birds in flight, courting, mating, nesting and feeding. With more than 400 photographs it covers every species and sub-species.
The task of travelling around Australia seeking out the various species has at times been arduous and often involved sitting in a hide in stifling and oppressive conditions to capture never-before-seen images of finches and their behaviour. It is estimated that this involved over 2500 hours of field study. The result is a testament to his skill and love of bird photography.