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The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week's issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.
- Menkhorst, Peter and Frank Knight. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia (2nd edition). 2004 (2009). Oxford University Press. Paperback: 278 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S. [Amazon: $45.00].
SUMMARY: This field guide covers the 378 mammal species of Australia. The color plates face the text and color range maps. Fully illustrated identification keys to difficult groups like bats, whales, etc are included. Frank Knight's artwork highlight this book.
RECOMMENDATION: This is the best field guide to Australian mammals currently available!
New and Recent Titles:
- Slater, Peter, Pat and Raoul. The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds (2nd edition). 2009. New Holland. Paperback: 416 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47].
SUMMARY: This is the most portable field guide to the birds of Australia currently available. Text (with black-and-white range maps) face the color illustrations. This edition has 64 new or revised color plates, updated bird names, revised maps and a new visual index.
RECOMMENDATION: This portable guide will be the one that most birders will use "in the field" in Australia.
You can read all the Birdbooker Reports in the archives on this site, and Ian now has his own website, The Birdbooker's Bookcase, where you can read his synopses about newly published science, nature and animal books. But Ian assures me that he still loves us here, so he'll still share his weekly Birdbooker Reports with us!