Brambleby Books, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
An account of competitive twitching by two leading British birders, this book describes in an informed and lively manner the struggle in 2002 to become nationally recognised ‘Birder of the Year’, a competition involving much travelling and sometimes a little guile too. It contains accounts of the many bird species encountered, as well as descriptions of the habitats visited – some wild, some urban. It is also a story of the competition between the two main birders in the field, the author and his arch rival Lee Evans (author of Finding Birds in Britain). The competition they engaged in was indeed a close-run thing, with both men traversing the length and breadth of Britain looking for rare and exotic species to add to their lists.
Brambleby Books, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
This is the long awaited completely revised edition of the field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world’s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. New Guinea is on the bucket list of all serious birdwatchers. This field guide is the only such book to cover all 780 recorded bird species, with updated species accounts and new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from Eco tourists to field researchers, Birds of New Guinea will be the indispensable guide for the diverse birds of this remarkable region.
780 bird species, including 366 endemics.
111 stunning colour plates, twice the number of the first edition.
Expanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range 635 range maps.
Revised classification based on the latest research.
AUTHORS: Thane K. Pratt is wildlife biologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center and a conservationist of birds of the tropical Pacific. He is the lead editor of Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds. Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a tropical ecologist with interests in the birds and rainforests of the Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest.
ARTISTS: John Anderton illustrated Birds of south Asia (first published 2005). Hungarian artist Szabolcs Kókay is a talented natural history and bird book illustrator with ten European titles to his name. He has bird watched extensively in New Guinea to research the illustrations for this book.
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.
Contains the excellent photographs of well known Australian birdwatcher and photographer Geoff Jones. The guide covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning colour photographs, including many photographs of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a field guide. Among the few species lacking photographs are the recently photographed Night Parrot and Buff-breasted Button Quail, the only extant Australian bird yet to be photographed. The free form descriptive species accounts give key identification features such as size, plumage, distribution, behaviour, voice and every species has a distribution map. There is an excellent introduction with extensive habitat descriptions with a large number of accompanying photographs. This book will have a lot of use for the serious birder who use photographs as an adjunct to the standard illustrated field guides, through to the recreational birdwatcher.
This unprecedented new book by top-selling author Les Beletsky aims to explain why birders are interested in going to other countries and where they like to go. It will act as a “bridge” for domestic birders, allowing them to build on their exciting new knowledge as beginner birders by accessing other countries to see species they cannot see at home. The book, in six chapters, describes each continent with respect to birds and birding, and tells what kinds of birds birders seek out in those places, along with practical pointers on international birding contacts and field guides Engaging sidebars throughout the book, tell short stories of birding adventures looking for special birds or unique birding locations.