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Flocks of colour.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
What name could be a more apt description of Australia than The land of parrots, a name inspired by late sixteenth-century maps showing a southern region labelled Psittacorum regio. This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot, a Rainbow lorikeet collected live on Cooks 1770 voyage, to William T. Coopers twentieth-century watercolour of the elusive Night parrot. With introductory essays by ornithologist Penny Olsen, this book covers two and a quarter centuries of discovery and illustration of Australias avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots, by various artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville W. Cayley and William T. Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia, The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
The first monograph on the Cayleys. This skillfully researched and handsomely produced book charts the lives and works of this Australian father-and-son pair of bird artists. Neville Henry, peripatetic, often impecunious and with a reputation for hard drinking, was nevertheless a highly talented artist. His son Neville William, buoyant in personality, sometimes outspoken and argumentative, was a pioneer of the surf lifesaving movement before turning his attention to the painting of birds. With a superbly written Foreword by Andrew Isles who has handled more Neville Cayley paintings than any other person.
Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer. Based at the Australian National University in Canberra, she is the author of numerous publications including Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007), A Brush with Birds: Bird Art in the National Library of Australia (2008) and Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australias Curious Animals (2010).
Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: the words of birds, North America, Britain, and Northern Europe.Artist/Author: Bevis, John.
WAS $23. Birds sing and call, sometimes in complex and beautiful arrangements of notes, sometimes in one-line repetitions that resemble a ringtone more than a symphony. Listening, we are stirred, transported, and even envious of birds’ ability to produce what Shelley called “profuse strains of unpremeditated art.” And for hundreds of years, we have tried to write down what we hear when birds sing. Poets have put birdsong in verse (Thomas Nashe: “Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo”) and ornithologists have transcribed bird sounds more methodically. Drawing on this history of bird writing, in Aaaaw to Zzzzzd John Bevis offers a lexicon of the words of birds. For tourists in Birdland, there could be no more charming phrasebook. Consulting it, we find seven distinct variations of “hoo” attributed to seven different species of owls, from a simple hoo to the more ambitious hoo hoo hoo-hoo, ho hoo hoo-hoo; the understated cheet of the Tree swallow; the resonant kreeaaaaaaaaaaar of the Swainson’s hawk; the modest peep peep peep of the meadow pipit.
We learn that some people hear the Baltimore oriole saying “here, here, come right here, dear” and the Yellowhammer saying “a little bit of bread and no cheese.” Bevis, a poet, frames his lexicons – one for North America and one for Britain and northern Europe – with an evocative appreciation of birds, birdsong, and human attempts to capture the words of birds in music and poetry. He also offers an engaging account of other methods of documenting birdsong – field recording, graphic notation, and mechanical devices including duck calls and the serinette, an instrument used to teach song tunes to songbirds. The singing of birds is nature at its most sublime, and words are our medium for expressing this sublimity.
Return of the Condor: the race to save our largest bird from extinction.Artist/Author: Moir, John.
WAS $55. This fascinating volume takes a unique insider’s look at the remarkable story of the fight to save a species from the brink of extinction. During the 1980’s the condor population in America was down to only twenty-two individuals. It was at this make or break moment in the condor’s remarkable history that a team of scientists pursued an unconventional and controversial means to save it. “Return of the Condor” is a stunning and inspiring look at the passion and courage of these scientists, and the controversy surrounding their exceptional plans to save one of the world’s most beautiful and majestic creatures.
Harriers: journeys around the world: a personal quest.Artist/Author: Scott, Don.
Limited to 700 copies. Until recently harriers were one of the least known group of birds but after an in-depth study of the Hen harrier in Northern Ireland, Don Scott succeeded in his passion to observe and study all 16 of the World’s species as well as the single subspecies of harrier.
This quest which began over 20 years ago in Don’s home country has taken him to six continents. His sometimes dangerous journeys encompassed many exotic locations where harriers had previously received little general interest or scientific attention. The author’s dogged persistence in the field enabled him to witness traits of behaviour previously unknown in harriers. It began with the unique discovery of tree-nesting Hen Harriers and culminated with the Papuan Harrier in Papua New Guinea.
This book will be irresistible to birders and biologists alike. It not only highlights the sheer majesty of harriers but helps focus attention to their individual plights which if left unrecognized will result in an uncertain future for many of the species which make up this group of birds.
The stunning photographs which grace this book have been generously provided to the author by his friends and travelling companions, many of whom are themselves well-known international raptor experts. These pictures, together with Philip Snow’s watercolours, should not be missed.
The race to save the world’s rarest bird: the discovery and death of the Po’ouli.Artist/Author: Powell, Alvin.
WAS $55. Thirty years ago researchers discovered a previously unknown species of bird in the rain-soaked and remote mountains of Hawai’i. As they studied the bird – which sported a black mask and was called the Po’ouli – they soon learned that its population was shrinking quickly, and they worked frantically to find out what was killing the species and how they might prevent its extinction. This fast-paced account of their work, done in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, describes a stirring fight for survival. It also illustrates the challenge of protecting endangered species in a rapidly changing world.
100 birds to see in your lifetime: the ultimate wish list for birders everywhere.Artist/Author: Chandler, David and Dominic Couzens.
WAS $30. This is a must have for anyone interested in birds, with entries on 100 of the most incredible avian species across the world, illustrated with stunning photographs of each. Entries describe the natural history and significance of the featured species, with summary information including size (and wingspan, where applicable); distribution; habitat; classification; population and conservation status; and the reason for inclusion. Whilst many of the species would be on any bird enthusiast’s wish list, the list has been fiercely debated over by two renowned birding authors, using various criteria to arrive at a top 100. Some species are endangered and therefore a must to see and conserve; others are quite common but have a particular plumage or behaviour that makes them exceptional; and others have a legendary status amongst birdwatchers and the layman, such as the dancing Red-crowned cranes and the spectacular Gyr falcon.
The American Bird Conservancy guide to the 500 most important bird areas in the United States: key sites for birds and birding in all 50 states.Artist/Author: Chipley, Robert M. et al.
WAS $40. The American Bird Conservancy Guide to the 500 Most Important Bird Areas in the United States offers both bird enthusiasts and conservationists specialized information never before compiled in a single comprehensive volume.
This expert resource organizes the United States into 36 ornithologically distinct bird regions, then identifies and describes the 500 sites within these regions. Each site entry includes ornithological highlights, ownership information, a description of habitats and land use, a guide to which species one can expect to find, conservation issues, and visitor information. Full-color maps and illustrations throughout, along with a thorough index, make this book as useful as it is unique, an essential addition to the bird lover’s library.
“Birders will recognize many of their favorite haunts in the important bird areas listed here, but few really understand the global significance of these places. This book puts each site in a global context, and also provides an overview of the practical issues and challenges of bird conservation in the twenty-first century.”
–David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds
“A concise archive of wide-ranging information for conservationists, field biologists, birders, and students of the natural sciences, and a valuable guide for natural history travel.”
–Peter Matthiessen, author of The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes
“This landmark book is indispensable for conservationists, ornithologists, and birders alike.”
–Kenn Kaufman, author of Birds of North America
“A must-read for all birders that will open their eyes to the critical significance of preserving these globally important bird areas. The very future of our bird populations depend on it.”
–Donald and Lillian Stokes, authors of Stokes Field Guide to Birds
“Everyone who cares about birds should own this book.”
–David S. Wilcove, Princeton University, author of The Condor’s Shadow
“A book that every birder (and nature lover and
land manager) should read and discuss.”
–David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds.
The birds of Tikal: an annotated checklist for Tikal National Park and Peten, Guatemala.Artist/Author: Beavers, Randell A.
Vast numbers of people travel to this region to see the abundant and diverse birdlife that exists there. This detailed account of the bird species provides information on when, where and in what numbers each species should be expected. In adition to a comprehensive checklist this book also features an introduction with maps, and a description of the birding habitats with accompanying black and white photographs. Was $53