I'd recommend looking at Morecombes field guide, there is a full size
and a pocket edition. I like the colour coded tabs and it has some good
information in the text.
As far as CDs go, I'd suggest looking at Dave Stewarts naturesound series:
Good quality recordings, though the range is not complete, they have no
commentary and there a couple of new releases that I have not listened
to as yet. For a more complete range, Fred Van Gessel has a series
split up by state, each species is identified before the call is
played. Again good quality recordings. You get them direct from him,
his contact details are: fredvg at trentvale dot com dot au .
There are specific local field guides as well, Niven McCrie has put out
a where to find Birds around Darwin book ISBN 0-646-42183-2, which I
bought and found useful. I'd also recommend trying to get Lloyd
Nielsen's book, "birds of Queensland's Wet Tropics and Great Barrier
Reef" ISBN 0-646-27200-4. The book is a labour of love and is very
detailed. I think you can pick them up locally, not sure how to go
about getting one online.
You'll also want "A field guide to the Mammals of Australia" by
Menkhorst and Knight.
As far as general guide books the Lonely Planet Books I found quite
useful, I have Outback Australia and the Queensland book. The Hema maps
are the standard for accurate maps for navigating in the outback, I had
one for the Kimberley, Cape York and one covering the central deserts
where I was travelling.
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