Jack's 700th, Honeyeaters and dragonflies

To: "Andrew Taylor" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Jack's 700th, Honeyeaters and dragonflies
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 14:49:32 +0930
On looking closer at the fledgling Rufous-banded Honeyeater last night I 
noticed that half its upper mandible was missing, presumably a result of 
the attack by the White-gaped Honeyeater.  However the bird was still 
calling vigorously, and the parents were still coming into feed it.  
Remains to be seen whether it survives.

Re 'Birds of Australia's Top End', thank you Andrew for your kind 

About the book being idiosyncratic - I was urged by half a dozen listers 
to confine it to the 'bare bones'.  However I wanted the book to appeal 
to the majority of birdwatchers who want more than local plumages, calls, 
distribution etc., such as the names and descriptions of plants found in 
particular habitats, and information on safety and climate.  They also 
want to know about Kunwinjku people and how they relate to wildlife, they 
like anecdotes, and most importantly they like the book.     

The book has also won over non-birding readers who say that it 'makes 
learning about birds/science fun'.   One of the latter, Susan Kurosawa 
who reviewed the book for 'The Weekend Australian' in March thought it an 
'excellent production' (personal email).    

Among academics the response has been similarly positive.  For instance 
Ritchie Bell, Professor Emeritus of Botany, University of North Carolina 
and principal of Laurel Hill Press said the book 'set a new standard for 
natural history books'.   I respect his opinon - he and his partner Dr. 
Anne Lindsey, a plant taxonomist and authority on native American plant 
usage have been publishing natural history books for a couple of decades. 
 They are now my distributors in the USA.  

The book also appealed to ornithologists such as Dr. Janet Kear 
(ex-editor of IBIS, ex-president of the British Ornithologists' Union), 
who called the book 'impressive' (personal email), and suggested I submit 
it to 'IBIS', the 'BBC Wildlife Magazine' and 'Wildfowl and Wetlands' for 
review.     (Among Janet's publications are     (1985)  Eric Hosking's 
Wildfowl.  Croom Helm: London;
 (1990) Man and Wildfowl.  Poyser: London (chosen for Natural World's 
book of the year award); (1991) Ducks of the World.  Weldon: Australia).  
The book is now being distributed in the UK by Subbuteo Books, courtesy 
of Janet Kear who suggested I contact them.

If I'd gone along with the listers who suggested I leave out all the 
'extraneous info', and the idiosyncracies I doubt whether the book would 
have inspired such a response.  Bird books do not have to lack the human 


Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
08 89818492

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU