3 new book to look forward to

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Subject: 3 new book to look forward to
From: "Tony Lawson" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:25:07 +1100
These 2 forthcoming books may be of interest to COGgers.

And another - launched this month at Dalton's:

Ian Fraser, 'A Bush Capital Year -- A Natural History of the Canberra Region'

The Australian Capital Territory is a treasure trove for naturalists, despite being without a coastline, without rainforest or without deserts. A wealth of biodiversity is found there, due to the close proximity of three major habitat types: the great western woodland grassy plains bump up against the inland edge of the coastal hinterland mountain forests, while the whole south-eastern Australian Alps system reaches its northern limit in the Brindabella Ranges. Each of these habitats has its own rich suite of plants and animals, so a great diversity of life can be found within an hour's drive of Parliament House.

A Bush Capital Year introduces the fauna, flora, habitats and reserves of the Australian Capital Territory and includes the most recent research available. It also emphasises often unappreciated or even unrecognised urban wildlife.

For each month of the year there are 10 stories which discuss either a species or a group of species, such as mosses and mountain grasshoppers. While never anthropomorphic, many of the stories are written from the organism's point of view, while others are from that of an observer. Beautiful paintings complement the text and allow better visualisation of the stories and the subjects.

AU $ 49.95

Stray feathers: reflections on the structure, behaviour and evolution of
Olsen, Penny and Leo Joseph.
Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2011.
Quarto, paperback,288 pp., colour illustrations, line drawings.

FORTHCOMING, due May 2011. Showcases some of the remarkable adaptations of Australian birds. A brief introduction describes how evolution shapes form
and function, followed by a series of vignettes illustrating the wondrous
variety of forms and functions shaped by evolution. For example, did you now
that Barn owls can hunt in absolute darkness and that cuckoos commence
incubation before their egg is laid? Sections include anatomy and
physiology; the senses; giving voice; tongues talking; plumage; getting
around; finding and handling food; optimising foraging and feeding; reducing
competition; using tools; communicating; quality vs quantity; courtship;
nests; parental care; chicks; and living together. The book is superbly
illustrated with black and white drawings of a range of birds. AUTHOR
INFORMATION Penny Olsen is a research scientist and experienced author and
editor, with a fascination for birds. She has written 14 books, four of
which have won Whitley Awards, and over 200 papers in refereed journals. Leo
Joseph is the Director of the Australian National Wildlife Collection,
CSIRO, Canberra. He has been involved in ornithology as an amateur and
research scientist for some 35 years and has published widely in national
and international scientific journals.

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