I have recently published my book BIRDS OF THE WET TROPICS OF QUEENSLAND
& GREAT BARRIER REEF & WHERE TO FIND THEM.
With just over 400 pages, and 1500 illustrations (all but one hand
painted) the book contains a large amount of information for both
visitors and locals birding The Wet Tropics.
- Over 200 pages are devoted to a field guide based on colour and
habits. The intention has been to make it much easier than the standard
taxonomical field guides for visitors, locals and others having
difficulty identifying their birds.
- A section of over 80 well illustrated pages on how to separate the
very difficult species such as the yellow-spotted honeyeaters (Lewin's,
Yellow-spotted & Graceful), the friarbirds; the
Satin/Leaden/Broad-billed Flycatcher group; the tattlers; the knots;
swiftlets; Masked, Barn and Grass owls; Atherton, Large-billed and
Tropical scrubwens; the cisticolas; Bassian and Russet-tailed thrushes;
gerygones and many more.
- A 45 page, well researched, well referenced section on the current
status and range of all 451 species recorded from the Wet Tropics and
Great Barrier Reef
- Over 30 pages of the best birding areas within the Wet Tropics with
maps, species which can be expected, facilities where applicable and
access. (There has been a recent trend by a number of establishments
(accommodation etc) to jump on the birding band wagon and have
themselves listed as good birding sites when they are not. Having lived
in The Wet Tropics for 25 years and covered every corner extensively, I
can guarantee that only the best and most productive sites are listed).
The book covers some of the intriguing species in the Wet Tropics and
these are dealt with in detail - birds such as the "Herberton"
Honeyeater, the recently discovered quail-thrush, the cicadabird puzzle,
Rogers Pipit, the Pacific Swallow (yes, it does visit the region!) and
It covers other species to watch for such as the Grey-headed Goshawk,
Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo, Garganey; why Ninox lurida should be split
as a good species; the possibility that the Yellow-legged Fly-robin
occurred in the Wet Tropics (and may still do?).
There are smaller jottings on the endemic species, migration, best time
to visit, birding tips, birding etiquette, tips when visiting The Wet
Tropics, binoculars and telescopes, feeding birds - right or wrong and
Taxonomy is based on IOC 4.2
Available via my website www.birdingaustralia.com.au - $45 (plus $12
postage within Australia). Payment by credit card through Paypal - or
direct deposit if preferred. It is also available from Kingfisher Park
Birdwatcher's Lodge and bookshops throughout the Wet Tropics.
Finally, some of the profits will eventually be going to worthwhile
conservation and research projects.
Mt Molloy, Nth Qld 4871
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