This CD-ROM produced by the bird group of TMNHA contains 72 images and calls of the commonest birds seen on Tamborine Mountain (TM). The photography is excellent and although, as stated, the main bird is usually the male, most slides contain a female and often a juvenile. In many cases the slide is a composite of 3 or 4 photos. This is useful on the rare occasions (e.g. the Cicada Bird) where each image is below the normally very high standard.
The bird call, as stated, is the one usually heard rather than the alternatives which are less often heard. The quality of these calls is also excellent.
Operation of the CD is user friendly; i.e. well explained and straightforward.
The CD-ROM also includes very interesting and relevant text on the history of the Bird Group on TM, the history of the special bird of TM – the Albert’s Lyrebird, and a section on responsible pet ownership, an aspect essential to the survival of our native birds. Perhaps a future edition might have a section on responsible human interaction with birds!
Also there is the complete list of birds currently seen on TM; all 177 of them with Latin names as well.
At $20 plus $5 postage this is an excellent buy and thoroughly recommended. The authors are to be congratulated because of all the very careful and painstaking field work involved as well as the high standard of production. We look forward to Volume 2.
Book - Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
Copies of the excellent & definitive “ The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria” by local authors John Moss & Ross Kendall now on sale at $27.50 from Mike Russell (5545 3601).
Book - Flora and Fauna of Tamborine Mountain
TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN FLORA & FAUNA by Russell, Leiper, White, Francis, Hauser, McDonald & Sims is now on sale at local outlets for $15.
Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)