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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. In January 2018 I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment'.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

My New Book!

Hello again. I don't normally advertise here - especially not for myself - but my new book on birds, Birds in their Habitats; journeys with a naturalist, has just been released, and if you enjoy my blog it occurs to me that you might well enjoy it too. It was a long time in incubation, and covers a fair bit of the Southern Hemisphere, though obviously enough with a strong emphasis on Australia. Here's a link to the chapter contents; they're reasonably detailed so a browse through them might give you a reasonable idea of the contents.

My idea was to introduce you to seven major habitats, and some of the birds I've encountered in them. It's not a book about me, but about the birds, and my idea was to tell stories, with the hope that you'll enjoy the read and at the end of it discover that you've learned things you didn't know - about aspects of ecology, behaviour, evolution and conservation. It's also a bit about the people who study birds and the amazing things they're discovering, and a bit of a delve here and there into the sometimes slightly strange world of the people who watch birds.

Here's what it looks like from the outside.

And here's a link to the publisher's page, with a bit more blurb and the option of ordering if you so choose. However it's also available through other on-line sources and even good old-fashioned bookshops (especially in Australia) if you're so inclined.

And finally as a small bonus a couple of pics from the book, with their captions.
A pair of Waved Albatrosses, in a breeding colony on Española, Galápagos, performs an elaborate bill-clashing bond reinforcement ceremony as one returns from a fishing expedition. Their sole chick is the object of intensive care.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra. This bird is preening, running each feather in turn through its bill to clean it and ‘rezip’ the barbules; this is an immense task, which every bird undertakes every day.
Thanks for reading, and if you do choose to buy the book, thank you for that too!



Susan said...

How exciting for you. I hope sales are good.

Ian Fraser said...

Thanks for that Susan, much appreciated. Me too, though I may be biased! Early signs suggest that cautious optimism may not be too inappropriate.