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.
This book is a compact and the most up to date photographic guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild, this authoritative guide includes:
– The first entry and photograph of the previously believed extinct Night Parrot
– The recently recognised as a full specie Lesser Sooty Owl
– The Thick-billed Grasswren
– All seven species of Quail-thrush
– The Paperbark Flycatcher
– Rare photographs of the male Superb Lyrebird in courtship display
– The Bustard in courtship plumage
– The male Magnificent Riflebird in its courtship dance
– The first photograph of a nesting colony of Australian Swiftlets taken in a deep, dark cave in tropical Queensland . . . and much more.
Beyond a field guide, this book is divided into 27 chapters, with each chapter opening with fascinating background information. The easily accessible information on each bird includes: common and scientific names, size, description, behaviour, preferred habitat, feeding habits, voice, status and breeding. Distribution maps are arranged next to the photographic illustrations of the bird. A binocular icon indicates ‘hot spots’ to find particular birds. All wild birds that have been regularly recorded on the Australian mainland, Tasmania and offshore continental islands and oceans, including sub-species where the differences are recognisable in the field, have been included and photographed.
Features over 1400 photographs by some of Australia’s best wildlife photographers, including Colin Cock, Michael Schmid, Eric Sohn Joo Tan, Duade Patton, John Anderson, Alwyn Simple, Peter Jacobs, Andrew Bell, Tony Ashton, Nolan Caldwell, Chris Wiley, Maureen Goninan, Marlene Lyelle and George Adams to name but a few.
This book will be enjoyed by beginners and seasoned ‘birdos’ alike.
Birdwatchers can memorize hundreds of details and still not be able to identify birds if they don’t really understand what’s in front of them. Today birders have access to almost too much information, and their attempts to identify birds can be drowned out by excess detail. The all-new guide takes a different approach, clarifying the basics and providing a framework for learning about each group. Overall principles of identification are explained in clear language, and ten chapters on specific groups of birds show how these principles can be applied in practice. Anyone with a keen interest in identifying birds will find that this book makes the learning process more effective and enjoyable, and that truly understanding what we see and hear can make birding more fun.
This superb guide covers 43 species of gulls, including their subspecies. There are 96 full-colour plates covering all plumage variations plus over 800 unpublished photographs. The text is highly detailed and covers all aspects of gull identification and biology. A must for the serious birdwatcher. Original publication was recalled. This is the reissued new printing with corrections.