Kangaroo Island Field Guide

To: Chris Baxter <>
Subject: Kangaroo Island Field Guide
From: David Clark <>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:50:15 +1100

That sounds like an exciting project.  Any chance that it will be finished
for my trip to KI next month?

Seriously, are you after photographs taken on KI or will mainland
photographs suffice for species that don't have KI subspecies or variants?



On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 1:04 PM, Chris Baxter <> wrote:

> Hi All
> Chris Baxter here-I have been subscribing to Birds-Aus forum for quite a
> number of years now-mostly reading and not so much for posting. I have
> posted a few bits of info about KI birds. I have lived on KI for much of my
> 60 years- I grew up on a Soldier Settlement farm on far SW KI-on doorstep
> of
> Flinders Chase NP. I became seriously interested in birds (both feathered
> and mini-skirted ones!) when I was about 18 and ornithology has been a
> tremendously enjoyable/rewarding hobby for me ever since. Most of my bird
> watching has been centred on birds of KI but I did spend 15 years on
> mainland-mostly in Desert Parks of SA as I was a ranger with SA NP&W for 35
> years. You may remember me as the person who discovered Antarctic Terns at
> Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase NP about eight years ago (from memory). I
> have written quite a number of scientific papers for SA Ornithologist and
> wrote/produced an Annotated List of the Birds Of KI back in 1985/revised
> 1995 which was a booklet of about 90 pages. Anyway, to the point.
> I have recently completed writing text for A Field Guide to the Birds of
> Kangaroo Island. This book is laid out with text on left page and colour
> photographs on facing page. It deals with about 265 species from memory. It
> has taken about two years to write text as it was mostly done whenever a
> bit
> of free time became available. I presently work as a wildlife tour guide on
> KI. I am writing to request/beg for colour bird photos for my bird book. We
> (editorial/publishing team) have assembled quite a good selection of
> photographs from our friends and bird watching colleagues but there remains
> quite a lot of gaps that we need to fill. The Layout and Design team has
> sent me a master list of pics that we need to get/improve upon and I must
> confess it sent me into a bit of a spin as there seems to be a lot more
> gaps
> than I thought there would be. If any person out there is keen to have
> their
> photos-fully acknowledged of course-in what we believe will be a quality
> publication-then we would be most thrilled and grateful to have you on
> board
> as part of our team. I am only too keen to forward our master list of pics
> needed to anyone who is keen to contribute and possibly have their photo/s
> showcased in our field guide. I am also only too keen to forward parts of
> the text to anyone so that they can see what they are becoming involved
> with
> re: text content/quality.  On that score, if there are any
> seabird/shorebird
> enthusiasts/specialists out there that I could send that part of my text to
> in order for it to be read and checked for accuracy etc. please let me know
> and I will forward text to you and look forward to your feedback  I am
> fully
> aware that it is too late for correcting unnecessary/disappointing mistakes
> once book is printed.
> I look forward to hearing from anyone willing to come on board and will be
> only too keen to forward Missing Photos List or pertinent parts of  text
> onto anyone who is interested to contribute photos and/or proof reading of
> seabird/shorebirds part of text.   I am only too keen to send/post USB
> sticks to anyone who wants to download their photos and send them to me.
> Any help will be fully acknowledged and much appreciated.
> Yours Sincerely
> Chris Baxter
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