Ecology and Natural History. Page two.


  • New Zealand Birds In Pictures
  • Protecting Paradise
  • New Zealand Bird Calls
  • Spot X Bird Watching Spots. Upper North Island
  • Know Your New Zealand Birds
  • Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
  • Buller's Birds of New Zealand
  • Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide
  • Collins Travellers Guide: Birds of New Zealand
  • Kiwi: A Natural History
  • Collins Birds of New Zealand
  • Seabird's Cry
  • Little Penguins
  • Penguins.Their World. Their Ways.
  • Seabirds of the World
  • Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World

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    By Kimball Chen. Hardback, 235mm x 235mm, 256 pages, 1.10 kg Published 2018. Full colour photographs.
    From the barely-visible wings of the flightless kiwi to the immense wingspan of the wandering albatross, New Zealand's fragile island ecosystem is home to a diverse array of spectacular birds.

    Intimate portraits of endangered creatures and their glamorous breeding plumage, dramatic wide-angle birdscapes encompassing rugged sub-antarctic habitats, magical fleeting encounters of birds courting and mating and hatching.

    Accompanying this illustrated photographic book is well-researched and engaging text that enrich the images’ depicting bird behaviour and biology. Discover which native bird’s undersides have ultraviolet feathers. What underlies the musical prowess of birdsongs, and which New Zealand bird can mimic human speech? Why do adult grebes feed their babies feathers? What special physiological adaptations allow godwits to survive their monumental migration? What impact does climate change and other emerging threats have on the conservation of New Zealand’s avian wildlife?

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    By Dave Hansford. Softcover, 160mm x 235mm, 318 pages, 0.42 kg. Published 2016.
    New Zealand’s native wildlife is in crisis, withering under a relentless assault from rats, stoats, possums and other introduced pests. If we are to realise the vision of a predator-free New Zealand, we must defend our biodiversity more doggedly, across a broader front than we do now.

    1080 poison remains one of the crucial tools in this fight. As pest control techniques have been honed, 1080 has prevented the loss of crucial remnant populations of native birds and other creatures. Yet it is condemned by vocal and passionate opponents. This book examines their arguments, and finds conclusively that the many claims made by 1080 opponents are plain wrong. 1080, the way it’s used today, does not kill more birds than it saves. Our forests are silent, not because pests are being controlled, but because they are out of control.

    After more than 60 years of research into 1080, there remains no evidence that it persists in the human food chain, or causes cancer, or harms our waterways. Claims that 1080 could be replaced by trapping have confused two very different tools and ignore a number of glaring realities. In Protecting Paradise, Dave Hansford argues that it is time for New Zealanders to take a stand. No matter how unpalatable you find the idea of spreading poison through our forest, the choice is stark. Either we use 1080, or we watch more of our native wildlife vanish.

    If you are confused by the many conflicting claims around 1080 – if you just want to get to the truth around of the most critical environmental policy decisions we face – this book was written for you.

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    By Lynette & Geoff Moon. Pbk, 148mm x 210mm, 46 pages, 0.13 kg Published 2011. Full colour photographs, Audio CD..
    New Zealand is known for its birds, and the melodic quality of their song. Here, in one book and CD package, is a selection of 60 of the most popular, important or interesting birds. Each bird entry includes information about habitat, distribution, appearance and behaviour of the bird, along with a description of its calls.

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    By Spot X. Waterproof, Tear proof, 590mm x 420mm folded map.
    Birds NZ is committed to the study and enjoyment of birds and their habitat use within New Zealand. These maps have been published in order to enable people to visit key birdwatching sites, and to encourage observations.

    One side of map features key bird watching spots, with description of area, map of area and birds likely to be viewed. Reverse side features large scale map of Upper North island, with 20 key bird watching spots highlighted.

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    Other North Island Maps in this series-

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    By Lynette & Geoff Moon. Pbk, 155mm x 215mm, 175 pages, Published 2006. Full colour photographs.
    From kakapo and kiwi to penguins and albatrosses, New Zealand is host to a spectacular range of birds. This guide is an authoritative and easy-to-grasp introduction to over 80 of New Zealand’s best-known bird species. Though free of birding jargon and extraneous information, the text is lucid and packed with all the key facts on appearance, call, behaviour and nesting details that will enable the layperson to identify the species they see around them, from the backyard to the bush, beach and mountain. Each entry is accompanied by a full-page colour portrait photograph and a succinct data panel with Maori and scientific names, where the bird is found, and what threats, if any, it faces today.

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    By Barrie Heather & Hugh Robertson. Soft cover, 160mm x 220mm, 463 pages, 0.96 kg. New Edition (4th) Published 2015. Full Colour illustrations.
    The only field guide to New Zealand birds officially endorsed by the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, this is the most authoritative reference available – a wonderful celebration of our extraordinary and diverse birdlife.

    Every bird of town, bush, swamp, island, beach, river and the sea is here – accurately, intricately, and beautifully observed.'

    Comprehensive, reliable and easy to use, this fourth revised edition features:

  • 374 species, including 35 new additions – the book's biggest revision since first publication
  • 85 stunning colour paintings of New Zealand birds, including rare and recently extinct species
  • An introduction to key bird-watching sites
  • Distribution maps and an in-depth guide to field identification
  • An additional handbook section that includes information on the distribution, habitat, population, conservation, breeding, behaviour and feeding habits of each species

    The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand is the modern classic of the genre – the tried and trusted reference for lovers of New Zealand birds.

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    By Geoff Norman. Hardback, 220mm x 187mm, 151 pages, 1.07 kg. Published 2014. Sepia & Full Colour reproductions.
    This accessible new edition of the award-winning classic Buller’s Birds of New Zealand includes the complete set of 95 artworks from both editions of A History of the Birds of New Zealand by Walter Buller and the subsequent supplement, specially photographed and reproduced in full colour.

    Each bird painting is accompanied by a selection of Buller’s original, descriptive text as well as up-to-date taxonomic information in English and Te Reo Maori.

    With a foreword by Stephen Fry and an introduction that traces the history of ornithological painting, and tells the story of Buller and his talented artist, this definitive book will appeal to all those who love New Zealand’s unique avifauna.

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    By Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 544 pages, full colour photographs.
    The definitive introduction to New Zealand's extraordinary avian life. Featuring 1000 new photographs and the latest information on identification, behaviour, bird calls, distribution and conservation status.

    This book covers 365 bird species found in the New Zealand region, including all species that occur naturally in the wild regularly within this area, those that have established wild populations and all the rare visitors. Each entry in the book covers a single species, or occasionally, two very similar species, and any sub-species. Common English names, scientific names, most frequently used Maori names and commonly used English or Maori names are given for each species, and also appear in the index.

    Whether you are an expert birder, or a casual observer, there will be something in this book to enjoy, or learn from, with hints and tips on photographing the wildlife, learning to identify the birds and learning the sounds and calls of the species (an important part of bird identification). Stunning photographs, this book is a worthwhile addition to any home library. And perfect for travellers or those of us who want to get out and about and enjoy the diverse and rich pickings in the New Zealand avian world. As one Maori proverbs runs:

    "The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest. The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world"

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    By Julian Fitter and Don Merton. Pbk, 115mm x 190mm, 285 pages, full colour photographs.
    This beautiful photographic guide is the ideal companion for travelling birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Featuring all 350 species of bird you can possibly see in New Zealand. Over 600 colour photographs with full descriptions of all native species, distribution maps and measurements. Included in this book is information about extinct species, Island and Mainland Sanctuaries, key information on National Parks, Birding Tour operators, conservation efforts and a brief history of New Zealand.

    New Zealand is a bird watchers paradise, and this book, is ideal to keep in your glovebox, galley, backpack or on the windowsill. Keep the Binoculars handy!

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    By Isabel castro & Rod Morris. Pbk, 148mm x 210mm, 95 pages, full colour photographs.
    This extraordinary flightless, nocturnal bird is today a National Icon. Owing to it's rarity and secretive habits, however, it has been difficult to study in the wild. Isabel Castro has drawn on the newest research to write a natural history that is radically advanced and yet easy to follow. This book offers fascinating insights into the Kiwi's closest relatives, the Kiwi family tree, life on the ground, food and feeding, courtship and mating, and conservation.

    Complemented by the superb photography of Rod Morris, this is a ground-breaking and compelling read for anyone interested in the Nation's most famous bird.

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    By Chloe Talbot Kelly. Pbk, 115mm x 190mm, 127 pages, full colour plates.
    This delightful and robust, pocket-sized handbook will be a real asset to anyone walking in the many parks and reserves situated all over New Zealand.
    All of the common and more interesting New Zealand bird species are described and illustrated, including parrots. Kiwis and penguins.
    To aid identification and classification, information is included on bird behaviour, song or warble, nesting, food, habitat and prevalent features. 230 species and subspecies are beautifully illustrated in the medium of watercolour in their natural habitat, showing seasonal, gender and juvenile plumage variations.
    This is an enchanting and most useful little book for those who love the outdoors (and is far more worthy than the badly edited description on the back cover!).

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    By Adam Nicholson. Softcover, 128mm x 198mm, 400 pages, Black and White Images, Published 2018. 0.37 kg

    This book is the full story of seabirds, looking at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire.

    In ten chapters, each dedicated to a different bird, The Seabird’s Cry travels their ocean paths, fusing traditional knowledge with all that modern science has come to know about them: the way their bodies work, their dazzling navigational expertise, their ability to smell their way to fish or home, to understand the workings of the winds in which they live.

    At the heart of the book are the Shiant Isles a cluster of Hebridean islands in the Minch that author Adam Nicolson has known all his life but he has pursued the birds much further: across the Atlantic, up the west coast of Ireland, to St Kilda, Orkney, Shetland, the Faeroes, Iceland and Norway to the eastern seaboard of America, the Falklands, South Georgia, the Canaries and the Azores reaching out across the widths of the world ocean.

    This book is a paean to the beauty of life on the wing, but even as we are coming to understand the seabirds, a global tragedy is unfolding. Their number is in freefall, dropping by nearly seventy per cent in the last sixty years, a billion fewer now than in 1950. Of the ten birds in this book, seven are in decline. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of a seabird colony, rolling around the bays and headlands of high latitudes, will this century become but a memory.

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    By Ken Stepnell. Softcover, 155mm x 200mm, 112 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2017. 0.29 kg

    The Little Penguin, Blue Penguin or Fairy Penguin...whichever name you give it, this fascinating bird lives an extraordinary life. It is the world's smallest penguin species found all around the coasts of the southern half of Australia and New Zealand, in spite of the pressures of modern day life it appears to be doing well and even thriving, often just a stone's throw from major towns and cities.

    This beautifully illustrated book explores every aspect of the lives of these remarkable seabirds from feeding and breeding to migrations and threats. The entertaining and informative text is accompanied by many beautiful photographs that illustrate aspects of the penguins' life and behaviour which are rarely seen by humans. The book is ideal for anyone interested in birds and conservation and makes the perfect gift for anyone who has witnessed a spectacular 'penguin parade' as the birds return en masse to their nesting burrows at dusk after a day's fishing out at sea.

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    By Tui De Roy et al. Hardback, 245mm x 300mm, 240 pages, full Photographs. Published 2014
    Penguins are perhaps the most beloved birds. On land, their behaviour appears so humorous and expressive that we can be excused for attributing to them moods and foibles similar to our own. Few realize how complex and mysterious their private lives truly are, as most of their existence takes place far from our prying eyes, hidden beneath the ocean waves. This stunningly illustrated book provides a unique look at these extraordinary creatures and the cutting-edge science that is helping us to better understand them. Featuring more than 400 breathtaking photos, this is the ultimate guide to all 18 species of penguins, including those with retiring personalities or nocturnal habits that tend to be overlooked and rarely photographed.

    A book that no bird enthusiast or armchair naturalist should do without, Penguins includes discussions of penguin conservation, informative species profiles, fascinating penguin facts, and tips on where to see penguins in the wild.

  • Covers all 18 species of the world’s penguins
  • Features more than 400 photos
  • Explores the latest science on penguins and their conservation
  • Includes informative species profiles and fascinating penguin facts

    Tui De Roy is a world-renowned wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist.

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    By David Tipling. Hardback, 260mm x 224mm, 192 pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2016

    This book is a visual celebration of seabirds from the tropics to the polar regions, revealing their extraordinary lives in pictures and words. From seabird cities to a lone albatross circumnavigating the globe, each picture not only tells a story but is beautifully crafted.

    Photographer David Tipling has travelled the world’s oceans and visited remote islands across the globe in order to reveal the secret lives of some of earth’s most enigmatic species of birds. Seabirds of the World celebrates the lives of these remarkable birds, many of which have populations in crisis. Never before has such a large group of birds needed such urgent action to save them from the brink of extinction.

    David Tipling has worked as a freelance wildlife photographer since 1992 and one of his specialities is the capturing stunning images of oceanic birds from all around the world. His work has featured in countless magazines and newspapers and he has been author or commissioned photographer for more than40 books on birds and wildlife photography. When not travelling in search of wildlife he lives in the UK in Holt, Norfolk.

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    By Derek Onley & Paul Scofield. Paperback, 156mm x 234mm, 240 pages, illustrations.
  • A comprehensive guide to 137 species of pelagic seabirds, with subspecies and phases fully illustrated.
  • Concise information opposite plates is designed for use in the field, with tips for identification at sea, at close range and over distance.
  • Confusion species included on plates to assist accurate identification
  • Detailed species accounts include colour distribution maps for every species
  • Full treatment of recently rediscovered and rarely seen species

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