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Ospreys: The Revival of a Global RaptorArtist/Author: Poole, Alan F.
Ospreys are one of the few bird species that are found throughout the world. From forests in Hokkaido to rivers in Oregon and islands off Australia, ospreys steal the show as nature lovers easily watch them build their massive nests and tend to their young. The fact that the osprey is one of the few large birds that can hover adds to its mystique, and to watch it plunge into the water, emerging with a fish clutched in its talons, is truly a sight one will remember.
As widespread as Ospreys are, not long ago they were under threat of extinction. During the 1950s and ’60s, scientists tied the decline of osprey populations to the heavy use of DDT and other human pollutants. In the 1980s, ospreys began a slow recovery due to the efforts of conservationists and through the resilience of the adaptable raptors themselves. Today they are again considered common in most parts of the world, although some populations remain threatened.
In this gorgeously illustrated book, Alan F. Poole, one of America’s premier osprey experts, has written a lyrical exposé of these majestic creatures, describing their daily habits and exploring their relationship with the environment. Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor celebrates the species’ miraculous recovery from contaminants and hunters, chronicles their spectacular long-distance migrations, and unveils their vital role in bringing life to coastal habitats. Few other birds have such a hold on the human imagination. This book shows us why.
Seabirds of the World: Secret Realm of the Oceans’ WanderersArtist/Author: Tipling, David
This book is a visual celebration of seabirds from the tropics to the polar regions, revealing their extraordinary lives in pictures and words. From seabird cities to a lone albatross circumnavigating the globe, each picture not only tells a story but is beautifully crafted.
David Tipling has travelled the world’s oceans and visited remote islands across the globe in order to reveal the secret lives of some of earth’ s most enigmatic species of birds. Seabirds of the World celebrates the lives of these remarkable birds, many of which have populations in crisis.
Never before has such a large group of birds needed such urgent action to save them from the brink of extinction.
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,
World’s Best Bird SongsArtist/Author: Jännes, Hannu
Listening to bird songs provides a huge amount of pleasure to people all around the world. But which species are the most melodious and produce the best songs? Expert sound-recordist and bird tour guide Hannu Jännes has travelled the world in search of birds and is uniquely qualified to decide. This beautifully illustrated and very useful book and APP combination brings together 80 of the most remarkable species from around the world. Each has at least one photograph, along with descriptions of key ID features, habitat and distribution, as well as details of the songs and calls which can be heard on the APP. The APP incorporates hundreds of recordings of bird sounds from all over the world, which have been accumulated over a period of many decades.
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.
Drawing BirdsArtist/Author: Forkner, Andrew
An expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat.
This book is an expert guide to producing beautiful lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitat. Artists of all interests will find a lot to inspire them in this detailed, practical and beautiful guide on drawing birds. The book includes sections on materials, basic techniques and reference gathering, as well as how to draw the key features of birds such as beaks, eyes, claws, wings and feathers. A special section focuses on birds in flight, and this is followed by chapters on the main bird groups including: Waders and water birds, Wildfowl, Birds of prey, Owls, Garden and woodland birds, Seabirds and Game birds.
Each chapter covers the techniques specific to the group as well as numerous examples and a full step-by-step demonstration. The absence of colour means that Andrew uses other aspects such as pattern, shading and shape to give his paintings life and interest. Written for artists who wish to apply their skills to drawing birds, as well as experienced artists who want to improve their drawing skills, this is an expert guide to producing exquisitely rendered, lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitats and nothing could be more inspirational than Andrew’s accurately observed and truly beautiful drawings.
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Birds of Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas (Helm Field Guide)Artist/Author: Grimmett, Richard, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp, Sherub
The first guide to the beautiful, endemic-packed Himalayan nation of Bhutan was published in 1999. This is a new and completely revised edition of that book, featuring concise text and detailed maps opposite superb plates, covering every species that regularly occurs in Bhutan plus most vagrants.
For this edition coverage is expanded to include two Indian states that together with Bhutan make up the eastern arm of the Himalayas – Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, making this the one guide you’ll need on a visit to this incredible corner of Asia.
Birds of the Photo ArkArtist/Author: Strycker, Noah (Author), Joel Sartore (Photographer,
For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small. This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore’s distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker. It includes hundreds of species, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, intricate birds of paradise, and perennial favourites such as parrots, hummingbirds, and owls also make colourful appearances.
Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York CityArtist/Author: Buckley, P.A., Walter Sedwitz, William J. Norse and John Kieran
Urban Ornithology is the first quantitative historical analysis of any New York City natural area’s birdlife – Van Cortlandt Park and the adjacent Northwest Bronx – and spans the century and a half from 1872 to 2016. Only Manhattan’s Central and Brooklyn’s Prospect Parks have preliminary species lists, not revised since 1967, and the last book examining the birdlife of the entire New York City area is now more than fifty years old. The present book also updates the avifaunas of those two parks, the Bronx, and other New York City boroughs.
Urban Ornithology treats the 301 bird species known to have occurred within its study area, plus fifty potential additions. Its 123 breeding species are tracked from 1872, only twenty years after Audubon’s death in Manhattan, supplemented by quantitative breeding bird censuses from 1937 to 2015. Gains and losses of breeding species are discussed in light of an expanding New York City inexorably extinguishing unique habitats. The many tradeoffs inherent in managing an urban park area for mass recreation while conserving its natural resources are examined throughout.
Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North AmericaArtist/Author: Dunne, Pete, Kevin T Karlson
A visually stunning, comprehensive resource on North America’s birds of prey.
Always a popular group of birds, raptors symbolize freedom and fierceness, and in Pete Dunne’s definitive guide, these traits are portrayed in hundreds of stunning color photographs showing raptors up close, in flight, and in action fighting, hunting, and nesting. These gorgeous photographs enhance the comprehensive, authoritative text, which goes far beyond identification to cover raptor ecology, behavior, conservation, and much more. In returning to his forte and his first love, Pete Dunne has crafted a benchmark book on raptors: the first place to turn for any question about these highly popular birds, whether it’s what they eat, where they live, or how they behave. Pete Dunne forged a bond with nature as a child and has been studying hawks for more than forty years. He has written fifteen books and countless magazine and newspaper columns. He was the founding director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and now serves as New Jersey Audubon’s Birding Ambassador. He lives in Mauricetown, New Jersey. Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, tour leader, and wildlife photographer.
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.
Birds of Japan and North-east Asia: A Photographic GuideArtist/Author: Shimba, Tadao
Eastern Asia is blessed with a rich and spectacular avifauna, and all 520 regularly occurring species are featured in this spectacular and lavish new photographic guide to the region, covering Japan, northern China, North and South Korea and the Russian Far East.
The concise text focuses on key identification criteria, and is accompanied by an accurate distribution map for every species. The accompanying photographs, contributed by a range of Japan’s top bird photographers, form a stunning series that will allow both field identification and rich enjoyment at home afterwards. This beautiful book is a must-have for anyone interested in the birds of Asia.