Friday 29 September 2023

Review: Australian Backyard Birds

Nature-lovers will love Myke Mollard's Australian Backyard Birds.

This book is packed with information and illustrations about more than 150 birds. It starts with the end papers which offer an identification guide to birds of prey, and is followed by a regional exploration of birds that we know well, and some that are not as famous.

Bird highlights are given for each state and territory, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. There are full page pictures packed with bird portraits and collages set amidst beautiful landscapes.

Some birds are given a bit of extra page time, with special features. From birds that roam the highest reaches of the sky, to those that prefer the cover of night.

Birds from different climates (like rainforests and wetlands), non-native species, and rare and endangered birds (like the White-throated Honeyeater) are amongst the many perspectives

You'll also find guides to making your backyard bird-friendly, and how to birdwatch. Can you identify birds just by their silhouettes? What about bird feet, tails, and other parts? There are plenty of tips to help you.

Myke Molland describes this book as a "distillation of four decades of birdwatching and studying bird books". Myke's passion for birds, and nature generally, shows in the detail of Australian Backyard Birds.

Colourful and chock-a-block with important and curious facts, Australian Backyard Birds is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about our wildlife.

Title: Australian Backyard Birds
Author/Illustrator: Myke Mollard
Publisher: Woodslane Press, $ 24.99
Publication Date: August 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922800237
For ages: 5+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction