|Series:||Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)|
From the eucalyptus-dotted woodlands to the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs, Australia offers wildlife-seeking travellers the opportunity to see unique creatures roaming diverse habitats. "Australian Wildlife" covers all the essential information of a reference book - from biology to behaviour - in one handy, easy-to-read guide. Wildlife writer Stella Martin takes visitors through dense rainforest and across parched deserts to discover how bizarre creatures evolved in isolation. She combines the encyclopaedic knowledge of David Attenborough with the enthusiasm of the late Steve Irwin. Find out why some fish change sex and how thorny devils drink. Bradt's "Australian Wildlife" is a book to read in bed, which will get you up at dawn and out with your binoculars in the outback.
Stella Martin has lived in Australia for 20 years, working as a natural history writer for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
Introduction Introduction, About this book The backdrop The land, past and present, Evolution & moving with the times, The human connection, Conservation issues, Climate Habitats Arid zone, Tropical savanna, Forests, Heathland, The role of fire Mammals Monotremes, Marsupials, Placental mammals Birds Seabirds, Waterbirds, Ground birds, Raptors, Pigeons and doves, Parrots and cockatoos, Cuckoos and coucal, Birds of the night, Swifts and swiftlets, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and dollarbird, Songbirds Reptiles Crocodiles, Turtles, Lizards, Snakes Amphibians and freshwater fishes Frogs, Freshwater fishes Invertebrates Worms, Arachnids, Crustaceans, Insects The marine environment Tropical seas, Temperate seas, Marine mammals, Marine reptiles Where to go New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia Top tips When to travel, What to bring, Health and safety, Spotting wildlife, Minimal impact code, Wildlife photography Further reading Index