New Books for COG Members! Just Arrived!

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Subject: New Books for COG Members! Just Arrived!
From: Beth Mantle <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 19:19:32 +1000
Hello All,

The COG book table has a NEW offering of literary delights for you to peruse and purchase at the next meeting.  There are LOADS of new titles, encompassing a broad range of topics, as well as a few old favourites.

Australian Natural History Series
Choose from a selection of books detailing the biology, ecology and behaviour of some of Australia's most fascinating birds.  Titles include:
  • Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
  • Cockatoos (NEW)
  • Shorebirds of Australia (POPULAR)
  • Kookaburra: King of the Bush
  • Bowerbirds (NEW)
  • Albatrosses (NEW)
These books are offered to COG members at a generously discounted price, so be sure to take advantage.  If you would like to know more about each of these great titles in this definitive series, follow this link.

Fossils: The Key to the Past
Reorganised and updated edition of this popular book first published in 1982. In this new edition Richard Fortey shows how fossils, far from being ‘dry bones’, can be used to reconstruct the history of the earth and our past. He discusses what fossils are, how they form and how they provide us with the evidence for evolution and the emergence of life. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of what is known to date, aiming to stimulate the reader to further study and enjoyment of our geological legacy.

Watching Wildlife
Though the ubiquity of animals on television is new, the genre of the wildlife documentary is as old as cinema itself. In Watching Wildlife, Cynthia Chris traces the history of the wildlife genre from its origins in precinematic, colonial visual culture to its contemporary status as flagship programming on global television and explores evolving beliefs about, and attitudes toward, animal subjects. Nature programming and films are consistently presented as real and unmediated reflections of nature. But in Chris's analysis of specific shows and film and television history she points out how-particularly in the genre's preoccupation with mating and the favoritism bestowed on certain species-documentary images of animals are and always have been about prevailing ideologies about human gender, sexuality, and race.

Exposing Nature: A Guide to Wildlife Photography
A new book for all photographers, amateur or professional, who would like to learn more about how to capture images of wildlife and the environment. Aspiring nature photographers and naturalists will discover strategies for understanding their subjects and how to take accurate photographs in even the most challenging conditions.

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches?  And Other Bird Questions You Know You Wanted To Ask!
In 1983, Mike O’Connor opened The Birdwatcher’s General Store on Cape Cod. Since that time, he has answered thousands of questions about birds both at the store as well as in a weekly newspaper. The questions are diverse: how can I attract birds, how can I get rid of the ‘bad’ birds, why don’t woodpeckers get headaches, why are the birds dropping poop in my pool? Answering the questions has been easy; keeping a straight face has been the hard part. This book is an accessible and quirky “Birding 101” for the backyard birder. Funny!

2009 Messent Bird Calendar
Perfect as a Christmas gift, these beautiful calendars feature 12 stunning photos of Australian birds taken by professional wildlife and nature photographer David Messent.  Each calendar features a 12 month planner and comes with an envelope in case you don't plan to keep it for yourself (you'll be tempted!).

Beth Mantle
COG Publications Officer

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