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The Whale - In Search of the Giants of the Sea
By Philip Hoare. HBK, 142mm x 223mm,453 pages, black & white photographs.
The Whale is an extraordinary journey into the world of the largest, loudest, oldest animal ever to have existed.
From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, The Whale is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession and the book that inspired it: Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
Taking us deep into their domain, Hoare shows us these mysterious creatures as they have never been seen before. Following in Ishmael's footsteps, he explores the troubled history of man and whale; visits the historic whaling locales of New Bedford, Nantucket and the Azores; and traces the the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Free Willy. Winner of the prestigious BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, The Whale is an unforgettable and often moving attempt to explain why these strange and beautiful animals still exert such a powerful hold on our imagination.
NZ$56.50 + Delivery.
COLLINS BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND.
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!).
NZ$25.00 + delivery.
Sea and Shore Birds of New Zealand, Reed New Zealand Nature Series.
By David G. Medway. Pbk, 120mm x 180mm, 100 pages, full colour photographs.
This is one of the excellent Reed Publishing series describing and illustrating New Zealand's flora and fauna. A number are devoted to marine and foreshore life and this is one of those books.
Each species is described under four headings, Identification, Distribution & Habitat, Behaviour & Food and Breeding. The average length and weight are given, with a brief description of its distinguishing plumage and other physical characteristics are accompanied with a full colour photograph. The distribution of the species in New Zealand and the types of habitat preferred are given, followed by an account of behavioural characteristics and its preferred feeding. Each species' description concludes with brief details of he period and places of breeding.
The text also contains a glossary of terms used.
NZ$18.00 + delivery.
SEA FISHES OF NEW ZEALAND, A Photographic Guide.
By Wade Doak. Pbk, 95mm x 190mm, 140 pages, full colour photographs.
The author is well known in New Zealand for his illustrated books on diving, marine life and underwater photography, and is widely regarded for his interest in natural history and the preservation of species.
This book contains accurate, full colour photographs of 117 species. Each has an authoritative text describing the key identification features of the fish.
The book is in a handy pocket-size and format, is easy to use for reference and will make a very useful addition to the personal library of anyone interested in finding out more about the ecology of New Zealand's seashore and coastal waters.
NZ$26.00 + delivery.
CORAL REEF FISHES, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.
By Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers. Pbk, 115mm x 190mm, 400 pages, full colour illustrations.
Concise yet comprehensive guide to all fishes found in or near coral reefs to a depth of 60 meters
Expanded edition covering 2,118 species of coral reef fishes, including 44 new species
More than 2,500 color illustrations depicting the major forms of each species, including sex, age and geographical variations
Accessible text providing information on the coral reef environment, habitats, ecology, social interactions, conservation, and dangerous marine fishes
Detailed pointers for identifying fish
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
PENGUINS OF NEW ZEALAND.
By Lloyd Spencer Davis. Softback. 63 pages, 150mm x 210mm, full colour.
The wider New Zealand region, including its island groups and Antarctic territories, contains a greater number of penguin species than anywhere else in the world. It is also the region where penguins first evolved, and where they can be watched at close quarters in their natural habitat. In Penguins of New Zealand Lloyd Spencer Davis and Rod Morris provide a fact-packed and entertaining introduction to the species. Penguins of New Zealand is the essential companion for anyone with an interest in these fascinating birds.
NZ$25.50 + delivery.
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