Animals, Pets & Wildlife
Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.
The guide features colour illustrations with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.
The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife. Features include:
- 249 colour plates containing 4000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today
- Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities
- Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution
- Accurate and detailed text
About the Authors Peter Menkhorst is a principal scientist with the Victorian government and has forty years' experience in ecological research and the survey and management of Australian mammals and birds. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Danny Rogers is an ornithologist specializing in shorebird ecology and patterns of feather molt in birds, and works for the Victorian government environment department. Rohan Clarke is a lecturer in vertebrate ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments. Peter Marsack is an award-winning wildlife artist based in Canberra. Kim Franklin is a freelance artist and illustrator who has exhibited worldwide and is based in Adelaide.$49.99
Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends. "An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself." Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
In addition to well-known enthusiasts, such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin and Helen Macdonald, the author introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of "bird rooms" and lover of the Australian budgerigar, who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realised who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; Ambrose Pratt who leaves us a beautiful example of a devoted relationship between a lyre bird and an Australian hermit; Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum in Tring; and Tibbles the 19th century cat, who belonged to the lighthouse keeper on Stephens Island in New Zealand, and who collected many of Lord Walter Rothschild's bird samples.
As this book illustrates, people who love birds, whether they are amateurs or professionals, are as captivating and varied as the birds that give flight to their dreams. There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds.$34.99
This book is the perfect reference, whether you're already keeping chickens or an absolute beginner thinking about getting a couple of chooks.
Dave Ingham offers compulsively readable advice on how to start, housing and feeding, settling chickens in with other pets, troubleshooting, and the (minimal) commitment required to keep your backyard hens healthy and happy...
This book is the what for, how to, where and why of chickens for novices and wranglers alike. Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia.$34.99
The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action is explained in detail with the photographs showing the steps as well as the final result.
The book features:
- Details of the equipment needed to get started as well as what may be useful later on as your confidence and experience grow
- How to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden and the basics of colony management
- Chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens
The result is a comprehensive manual that is the ultimate Australian reference source.$49.99
This handbook offers detailed information on these attractive members of the parrot family including purchasing the right bird, building a bond, caging, nutrition, health care and much more.
Written for dedicated pet owners seeking comprehensive information the book presents advice on finding a reliable breeder or seller, information on the animal's origins and traits, and detailed recommendations regarding dietary needs, housing, and health care, as well as all other major aspects related to keeping a healthy and thriving pet. Illustrated with colour photos throughout.
Did you know that the word cockatoo comes from the Malay word kakatua? Or that most cockatoos are left-footed? Did you know their closest relatives are parrots; and that they're amongst the world's longest-living birds?
Richly illustrated with over 80 interpretations of the species, Cockatoo is the perfect gift for animal lovers, illustration buffs and tourists alike.$19.99
This is the story of man's best friend from the canine gods of Ancient Egypt to the heroic mascots of the Second World War.
Over the millennia dogs have been hailed as gods, demons, saints, military heroes, even reigning kings – and all the while have been the keen hunters, loyal guards and beloved pets we know today.
They feature in Egyptian myth, classical astronomy, medieval romances and early modern portraiture; they took part in the court-life of Imperial China, in early Hollywood film studios and in intrepid expeditions to the North Pole. Featuring the pampered pets of Queen Victoria and Pablo Picasso, popular medieval dog names, regimental mascots of the Napoleonic Wars and tales of canine loyalty through the ages, this beautifully illustrated volume shows how dogs have for millennia been the beloved companions of peasants and princes alike.$16.99
This is an irresistible pot-pourri of canine facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing and the extraordinary.
You will discover such treats as dog epigraphs; the origins of dog names; an international guide to the word dog; the oldest dog; weights and breeds; Aesop's fabled dogs; and the story of the dogs on the Titanic.
It is the perfect companion for your perfect companion.$15.99
Using a visually driven, playful presentation as style, Dog Training 101 offers step-by-step instructions every dog owner needs and wants to know as they care for and raise their dogs.
Author and veteran dog trainer Kyra Sundance helps you learn about choosing the right dog, proper feeding, potty training, leash training, behaviour problems (jumping, barking, etc.) and more.$24.99
A dog pendant (Susa c. 3300bce) and ancient Egyptian and Greek canines show artist's have paid tribute to man's best friend from time immemorial. This critical selection of 40 works of art (mainly 1450s-1850s) in oils, pen and ink, pencil and sculpture by the world's finest artists includes both famed masterpieces and little known gems, each with nearly 300 words critical description-offers an original look at the collections of the world-s finest museum$29.99$11.99
Every Man and His Dog is a glorious documentation of the relationship between Aussie blokes and their canine besties.
David Darcy's brilliant photos are accompanied by the men's heartfelt, often hilarious and invariably moving anecdotes about them and their dog.$29.99
Flydogs is a collection of euphoric canines sailing through the air, ears flapping in the wind. These are dogs at their happiest, and the creative photographs delight dog lovers from kindergarteners to grandparents.
Whether jumping for joy, running as fast as possible, leaping off diving boards or piers, bounding over fences, or soaring for a Frisbee, life is good when you're a flying dog. More than 100 dogs leap off the pages of Flydogs, creating a delightful photographic collection of happy hounds. You can't help but feel your spirit soar too, as you pore over these pictures.$24.99
This book tells you all you need to know about:
- The dangers of being overweight
- The physical and psychological benefits of exercise
- The healthiest nutrition and fitness plans for your both
- How to exercise safely and enjoyably together
From walking and jogging, to ball games and agility workouts, learn how to get fit, shed kilograms, be happier and have fun-together. This will help you both get into shape and thoroughly enjoy doing it.$12.99$4.99
This fun, informative guide is filled with hilariously-illustrated ideas for taking action so that you can have a positive impact on the world and your best friend's life:
- How to make sense of commercial pet food
- How to find & work with a green veterinarian
- Why picking up after your dog is so important
- Ways to apply the reduce, re-use, recycle mantra
- Toys to Last
- Dog Travel Plan
This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text gives you the information you need to make it through your first year.
Everything is addressed here, from allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbours, to hive structure, colony hierarchy and bee behaviour.$17.99
Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why have honey-badgers evolved to be one of nature's most efficient agents of mass destruction? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations on the African savannah, Léo Grasset offers some answers to these and many other intriguing questions.
Having shown that natural phenomena are rarely simple and that often they get more complex the more you look at them, he brings to bear a mix of evolutionary biology and lateral thinking to explain the mysteries of animal behaviour in terms that are simple but never simplifying. He ends by considering how our origins in the savannah and evolution as the hybrid of several species can shapes our habits.$22.99
Koala is a contemporary celebration of the koala featuring 60 illustrated interpretations of this adored creature. The authors have searched from Brisbane to Berlin, and Lithuania to New York for the most interesting, cute and often touching, interpretations of koalas.
With the support of the Australian Koala Foundation, this book hopes to bring to light that we can all play a part in protecting the native environment of the koala and that koalas are not just cute and cuddly creatures you can see at the zoo, but important cultural icons that need our help.$19.99
One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in.
From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird – and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.
As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.$39.99
There are few things more endearing than baby animals, but their charm belies their struggle for survival.
From frolicking foxes to boisterous bears, lounging lions to zealous zebras, Nature's Babies explores the lives of some of Nature's most engaging offspring and reveals the ingenious ways they cope with growing up.$29.99$4.99
Let the four-legged masters of Zen – cats – help you cultivate happiness in this meditative guide that uses feline behavior as a model for inner peace and includes an interactive cover which produces the sound of five different soothing purrs.
Purrhaps the most comforting book you’ll ever need, Gilles Dierderichs’ unique guide brings together the twelve teachings of the Master Cat, cat-therapy workshops, concentration, observation and relaxation exercises – daily meditations, a quiz to discover the cat inside of youand the fifteen purrs of happiness and success.
Filled with inspiring advice that can teach you how to slow down and focus, Purr is a joyful companion for every cat lover and anyone who wants to learn how to cultivate inner peace.$34.99
This feel-good book will tug on the heartstrings of dog-lovers everywhere, with 150 photos of joyous rescue dogs and tales of their happy-ever-afters, from Australian Working Dog Rescue.
Featured in these pages are Australia's classic working breeds – kelpies, cattle dogs, border collies, koolies – that have been simply thrown on the scrapheap; dumped or surrendered to pounds across Australia. The lucky ones end up in the care of Australian Working Dog Rescue and their Australia-wide team of volunteers and carers.
Some have found new careers as blissful family pets and canine companions, while others have fulfilled their working-dog destinies on rural properties. In these pages you'll also see wine dogs, army recruits, therapy dogs ... and dogs just hanging out, enjoying their new lives.
This book celebrates fresh starts, and the proceeds will help even more dogs find their 'furever' homes.$39.99
This is a lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.
Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree.
This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.$19.99
What is my kitten thinking ? What are whiskers are for? Why do kittens need so much sleep? How does a kitten learns to hunt? Surprising and amusing facts from a renowned vet, an expert in kitten behaviour, are paired with adorable colour photos to create a charming book at an appealing price that is an ideal gift for self-purchase for cat-lovers.$16.99$15.50
This is what happens when you put dogs in a photobooth: they smile – they yawn – they snarl – they snog – they frown – they sneeze – they stare – they make friends – they fall out – they strike a pose – they get bored.
Photographer Lynn Terry didn't know what to expect when she started taking snaps of dogs in a vintage photobooth to raise awareness for local animal shelters. The photos capture the canines' personalities, their sense of humour, their innate need to socialise and their willingness to improvise. Behind that curtain these posing pups and mischievous mutts become superstars in their own right.
Tails from the Booth is a wondrous collection of dogs enjoying the spotlight.$24.99