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Birds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland and Great Barrier Reef and where to find them
An easy-to-use field guide to the birds of tropical Far North Queensland.
Unlike conventional field guides which arrange birds in taxonomic order, this field guide allows birders to easily identify birds by their colour, habits or habitats. Illustrations are accurately painted by the author, Lloyd Nielsen.
Researchers seeking the definitive reference tool will find the Status and Range section invaluable as it describes the current status and range of the 451 species of bird recorded in these two World Heritage Areas.
The Field Guide section (206 pages) includes distribution maps and arranges birds according to their colour and most obvious feature such as “long” tail, some straited plumage, brown or appears brownish, yellow or buff rump, all-white head, black and white plumage, as well as habits such as wags or quivers tail, hovers, forages on tree trunks and limbs, spends much time in the air and so on. Also described in the Field Guide section are groups of birds such as shorebirds and some resident freshwater waders, diurnal birds of prey, nocturnal birds, terns, gulls, seabirds, quail and button-quail and the true aerial birds (swifts, swiftlets, swallows, martins).
85 pages are devoted to birds difficult-to-identify, some of which, for example, egrets, Black-shouldered and Letter-winged Kites, the four species of grey gerygone, Leaden, Satin and Broad-billed Flycatchers, Bassian and Russet-tailed Thrush are also found in other parts of Australia. Some groups of birds difficult-to-identify groups include egrets, the three “yellow-spotted” honeyeaters, gerygones, Bronze-cuckoos, scrubwrens, friarbirds, swiftlets, flycatchers.
Current research highlights the unanswered questions about species such as the “Herberton” Honeyeater, cicadabirds, Pacific Swallow, and a probable new species of Quail-thrush.
Best birding areas from Cooktown to Townsville include regional maps and birds likely to be seen at each site.
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The Australian Bird GuideArtist/Author: Menkhorst, Peter, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke.
The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia’s unique birdlife.
Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.
The guide features around 4700 colour illustrations, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.
The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.
Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal
Birdscaping Australian gardens: using native plants to attract birds to your garden.Artist/Author: Adams, George.
A beautifully illustrated how-to book for attracting a wide variety of birds and butterflies to your garden by providing shelter, nesting sites, fruit, seeds, nuts, and nectar. The detailed directory and unique planting calendars included show you how to turn an average garden into a private sanctuary filled with song and colour by using Australian native plants to create sustainable bird habitats all year round.
Birds of Aireys Inlet and Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road.Artist/Author: Lacey, Margaret.
A delightful photographic book featuring the birds of Aireys Inlet and Anglesea on the Victorian coast. Over 120 species have been photographed in their natural environment and set amongst landscapes of Aireys Inlet and Anglesea. This new collection features most of the birds you are likely to see along the Great Ocean Road.
The 100 best birdwatching sites in Southeast Asia.Artist/Author: Li, Yong Ding and Albert Low.
This fully illustrated guide describes the 100 best sites for viewing both common and rare species. Divided into the four biodiversity hotspots of Indo-Burma, Sundaland, the Philippines and Wallacea, the book covers sites in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste. Detailed descriptions of each site cover the type of terrain and specific spots at which certain species are likely to be encountered. A fact file for each site lists the nearest town; the type of habitat; key lowland, montane and winter species to be seen as well as other wildlife specialities, and the best time to visit.
Pocket photo guide to the birds of Borneo, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and KalimantanArtist/Author: G. W. H. Davison
The island of Borneo is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and a birdwatcher’s paradise. Around 600 species of bird have been recorded here, and some 430 are known to breed. Many of these are rainforest specialists, but such a large island also has widely different habitats attracting a surprisingly wide range of avian visitors. Of particular interest are the 30 or so species that are endemic to Borneo, ie found nowhere else in the world. This concise and easy-to-use guide features 252 of Borneo’s most interesting and spectacular birds, with each species illustrated in full colour and with key information on identification, habitat and distribution. 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.
Birdwatching in ColombiaArtist/Author: Jurgen Beckers & Pablo Flores
Colombia is the home to almost 1.900 birdspecies (nearly one fifth of the world total). The country hosts the highest number of birds of any country in the world. This book describes in detail the best and most accessible birding sites in Colombia. It covers 127 sites spread across almost every department of the country, including San Andres and Providencia. 85 colour maps make it easy to locate more than 70% of Colombia’s species, including all 73 of the country endemics. This book expertly guides birders through the necessary logistics, explaining how to get to each site, where to stay and where to eat. In addition the book is enhanced by 240 full colour photos of birds and birding sites. About the authors: Jurgen Beckers (born 1964) has been living part-time in Colombia and Venezuela since 1997. He has organised and guided many tours in both countries. In addition he has travelled to nearly every part of the country, discovering new birding sites and additional birds. When not working and birding in Colombia, he works as a freelance Mechanical Engineer, mainly in his native country of Belgium. Pablo Florez (born 1977) started birding at the age of 15. His studies of the Yellow-eared Parrot formed the basis of his thesis before graduating as a Forestry Engineer. Since 2000 he has been deeply involved with bird conservation, working on many projects and leading expeditions. He is a a co-founder of ProAves and contributed to the creation of several private reserves. After 20 years of active birding Pablo has seen more than 1,710 bird species in Colombia.
Flight identification of European seabirds.Artist/Author: Blomdahl, Anders; Breife, Bertil; Holmstrom, Niklas
Seawatching has been gaining popularity, whether watching from coastal sites or from boats. Many seabirds will only be seen in flight, and viewing opportunities are frequently brief. This is a field guide for birdwatching at sea, and is specifically designed to address the particular problems and limitations associated with this kind of birdwatching. The authors have selected photographs of European seabirds in flight, and complement these with an identification-focussed text. Distribution maps are also included.
Bill Bailey’s remarkable guide to British birdsArtist/Author: Bailey, Bill
A humorous and very personal guide written by Bill Bailey about his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons by the comedian himself. Funny and insightful, this book positively crackles with energy, knowledge and wit as Bailey takes us on a journey around the British Isles, zooming in on those birds that excite him the most. Whether it’s what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and Bailey introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining.
If you’re a parent who’d like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about the natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the perfect companion book to have. Alongside music and stand-up, one of Bailey’s favourite pastimes is bird-watching, which he has been doing since he was a child in the West Country. His fondest memories are of family outings with parents, grandparents and cousins, ticking the birds off in his little Observer’s Book of Birds. As he has said about those formative years, ‘bird-watching gave a purpose to the day and a love of the natural world which has carried on into my adult life’. A beautifully and originally designed hardback, it will delight Bailey’s fans as well as those who like a bit of armchair escapism.
Birding for the curious: the easiest way for anyone to explore the incredible world of birds.Artist/Author: Swick, Nate.
This book isn’t for a birder. It’s for the huge audience of people who hike, maybe have bird feeders, and generally enjoy nature. With this book, the naturalist will discover an incredible and rewarding new adventure in the beautiful world of birds. The book is packed with easy and fun activities and information about birds, how to find them and their part in the nature around us. The information in this book will not only help you identify and learn more about birds, but you’ll have a blast doing it. Nate Swick, member of the American Birding Association, has compiled chapters upon chapters of interesting, unique and informative birding knowledge, followed by activities that use the skills you learned. So not only will you learn things like what kind of birds you’re looking at around the neighbourhood, how to decipher different bird calls, and how to bring the birds to your backyard, but you’ll complete fun activities like creating a list of the most popular birds in your area, creating a sound map of bird calls, and making a feeder for your backyard. Written for a North American audience, this book is full of practical advice that can be applied in all countries.
Bill Oddie unplucked: columns, blogs and musings.Artist/Author: Oddie, Bill.
Bill Oddie has been the voice and face of birding broadcasting for more than three decades. In this new book, Bill has compiled and expanded a collection of his recent published musings about birds and birdwatching, and the wildlife he has been fortunate to see on his many travels over the years. The collection covers a wide array of subjects, from a less than satisfactory press trip to the Galapagos in the 1980s and recent disagreements with his London neighbours over the noisy squadrons of parakeets over their respective gardens, to encounters with Orcas in Argentina and Iceland, and with an invisible Tiger in India. Writing in his witty and inimitable style, Bill is sure to entertain and enthral his many fans with this new book of thoughts and opinions on the world of natural history. The book is illustrated throughout with Bill’s charming and comic line drawings. Also available in paperback [stock id 39309].
Bird brains: inside the strange minds of our fine feathered friends.Artist/Author: Titlow, Budd.
Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, this book takes a look at the antics, behaviours, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders, those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and “twitch off” to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.