Re: birding-aus Mammal twitching

Subject: Re: birding-aus Mammal twitching
From: "Peter Menkhorst"<>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 10:57:41 +1000
One of the difficulties with twitching mammals in Australia is the lack of
a decent field guide. Even large species or visible small species can be
tricky to id in the field, eg separating Antilopine Wallaroos from Red
Kangas, Sugar Gliders from Squirrel Gliders, Swamp Antechinus from Dusky
Antechinus etc.

I am collaborating with wildlife artist Frank Knight, of Pizzey and Knight
fame, in an attempt to overcome this by writing one [in all my spare
time!]. It will be a true field guide following the now standard bird guide
layout, but including keys for difficult groups. There will be 100 colour
plates illustrating diagnostic features of all 380 species known from Aust
and its waters, ie including marine mammals. Oxford University Press will
publish it, hopefully in time for Xmas 2001.

Then we can really get serious about mammal ticking.


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