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2 I have had a passion for photographing birds for many years. This collection of ebooks presents a selection of my images showing a reasonable number of Australian bird species. Where the male and female birds are significantly different, I have tried to include images of both sexes and occasionally of young birds (any not adult). My collection still only comprises about half of the Australian species, so much time still remains to be spent observing and photographing these beautiful creatures. All images were captured digitally, only minimal image manipulation has been performed. The images have been presented in Christidis & Boles 2008 order across the set of books. But why undertake such a photographic challenge? A good bird image is extremely difficult to capture. In reality, bird photography is similar to portrait photography and has all the associated challenges. Additionaly, unlike their human counterparts, birds are small, wary of humans and do not understand, let alone obey, posing instructions. Most importantly, they have the ability and tendency to just fly away at the critical moment! Reasons for accepting the challenge of bird photography were eloquently proposed by Raoul Slater as: Birds are beautiful and wild creatures. In photographing them, two instincts are satisfied the civilised appreciation of beauty and the primitive desire for the chase. To photograph is to hunt. There is the exhilaration of the chase but, at its end, instead of a head on the wall there is a framed print. I trust that you enjoy viewing the images as much as I did in capturing them, John Holford website: John Holford. The author retains sole copyright to this book and all images contained within it. This book, in its entirety and without modification, may be freely distributed, but can not be sold.

3 Table of Contents (in Christidis & Boles order) Ostrich 1 Southern Cassowary 2 Emu 3 Australian Brush-turkey 4 Malleefowl 5 Orange-footed Scrubfowl 6 California Quail 7 Brown Quail 8 Magpie Goose 9 Plumed Whistling-Duck 10 Wandering Whistling-Duck 11 Musk Duck 12 Freckled Duck 13 Cape Barren Goose 14 Black Swan 15 Radjah Shelduck 16 Australian Shelduck 17 Australian Wood Duck 19 Pink-eared Duck 21 Cotton Pygmy-goose 22 Green Pygmy-goose 23 Australasian Shoveler 24 Chestnut Teal 26 Pacific Black Duck 28 Hardhead 29 Blue-billed Duck 30 Australasian Grebe 32 Hoary-headed Grebe 33 Great Crested Grebe 34 Rock Dove 35 White-headed Pigeon 36 Laughing Dove 37 Spotted Dove 38 Brown Cuckoo-Dove 39 Emerald Dove 40 Common Bronzewing 41 Brush Bronzewing 42 Flock Bronzewing 43 Crested Pigeon 45 Spinifex Pigeon 46 Squatter Pigeon 47 Diamond Dove 48 Peaceful Dove 49 Bar-shouldered Dove 50 Wonga Pigeon 51 Wompoo Fruit-Dove 52 Superb Fruit-Dove 53 Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove 55 Pied Imperial-Pigeon 57 Topknot Pigeon 58 Tawny Frogmouth 59 Papuan Frogmouth 60 Marbled Frogmouth 61 Australian Owlet-nightjar 62 Little Penguin 63 Lesser Frigatebird 64 Australasian Gannet 65 Brown Booby 66 Australasian Darter 67 Little Pied Cormorant 69 Great Cormorant 70 Little Black Cormorant 71 Pied Cormorant 72 Black-faced Cormorant 73 Australian Pelican 74 Black-necked Stork 75 White-necked Heron 77 Eastern Great Egret 78 Intermediate Egret 79 Great-billed Heron 80 Cattle Egret 81 Striated Heron 82 Pied Heron 83 White-faced Heron 84 Little Egret 85 Eastern Reef Egret 86 Nankeen Night-Heron 88 Glossy Ibis 89 Australian White Ibis 90 Straw-necked Ibis 91 Royal Spoonbill 92 Yellow-billed Spoonbill 93 Eastern Osprey 94 Black-shouldered Kite 95 Square-tailed Kite 97 Black-breasted Buzzard 98 Pacific Baza 99 White-bellied Sea-Eagle 100 Whistling Kite 101 Brahminy Kite 103 Black Kite 104 Brown Goshawk 105 Collared Sparrowhawk 106 Spotted Harrier 107 Wedge-tailed Eagle 108 Little Eagle 109 Nankeen Kestrel 110 Brown Falcon 111 Australian Hobby 112 Peregrine Falcon 113 Sarus Crane 114 Brolga 115 Purple Swamphen 116 Chestnut Rail 117 Buff-banded Rail 118 Baillon's Crake 119 Australian Spotted Crake 120 White-browed Crake 121 Black-tailed Native-hen 122 Tasmanian Native-hen 123 Dusky Moorhen 124 Eurasian Coot 125 Australian Bustard 126 Bush Stone-curlew 127 Beach Stone-curlew 128

4 Sorted Birdlist (in alphabetic order) Baza, Pacific 99 Booby, Brown 66 Brolga 115 Bronzewing, Brush 42 Bronzewing, Common 41 Bronzewing, Flock 43 Brush-turkey, Australian 4 Bustard, Australian 126 Buzzard, Black-breasted 98 Cassowary, Southern 2 Coot, Eurasian 125 Cormorant, Black-faced 73 Cormorant, Great 70 Cormorant, Little Black 71 Cormorant, Little Pied 69 Cormorant, Pied 72 Crake, Australian Spotted 120 Crake, Baillon's 119 Crake, White-browed 121 Crane, Sarus 114 Cuckoo-Dove, Brown 39 Darter, Australasian 67 Dove, Bar-shouldered 50 Dove, Diamond 48 Dove, Emerald 40 Dove, Laughing 37 Dove, Peaceful 49 Dove, Rock 35 Dove, Spotted 38 Duck, Australian Wood 19 Duck, Blue-billed 30 Duck, Freckled 13 Duck, Musk 12 Duck, Pacific Black 28 Duck, Pink-eared 21 Eagle, Little 109 Eagle, Wedge-tailed 108 Egret, Cattle 81 Egret, Eastern Great 78 Egret, Eastern Reef 86 Egret, Intermediate 79 Egret, Little 85 Emu 3 Falcon, Brown 111 Falcon, Peregrine 113 Frigatebird, Lesser 64 Frogmouth, Marbled 61 Frogmouth, Papuan 60 Frogmouth, Tawny 59 Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned 55 Fruit-Dove, Superb 53 Fruit-Dove, Wompoo 52 Gannet, Australasian 65 Goose, Cape Barren 14 Goose, Magpie 9 Goshawk, Brown 105 Grebe, Australasian 32 Grebe, Great Crested 34 Grebe, Hoary-headed 33 Hardhead 29 Harrier, Spotted 107 Heron, Great-billed 80 Heron, Pied 83 Heron, Striated 82 Heron, White-faced 84 Heron, White-necked 77 Hobby, Australian 112 Ibis, Australian White 90 Ibis, Glossy 89 Ibis, Straw-necked 91 Imperial-Pigeon, Pied 57 Kestrel, Nankeen 110 Kite, Black 104 Kite, Black-shouldered 95 Kite, Brahminy 103 Kite, Square-tailed 97 Kite, Whistling 101 Malleefowl 5 Moorhen, Dusky 124 Native-hen, Black-tailed 122 Native-hen, Tasmanian 123 Night-Heron, Nankeen 88 Osprey, Eastern 94 Ostrich 1 Owlet-nightjar, Australian 62 Pelican, Australian 74 Penguin, Little 63 Pigeon, Crested 45 Pigeon, Spinifex 46 Pigeon, Squatter 47 Pigeon, Topknot 58 Pigeon, White-headed 36 Pigeon, Wonga 51 Pygmy-goose, Cotton 22 Pygmy-goose, Green 23 Quail, Brown 8 Quail, California 7 Rail, Buff-banded 118 Rail, Chestnut 117 Scrubfowl, Orange-footed 6 Sea-Eagle, White-bellied 100 Shelduck, Australian 17 Shelduck, Radjah 16 Shoveler, Australasian 24 Sparrowhawk, Collared 106 Spoonbill, Royal 92 Spoonbill, Yellow-billed 93 Stone-curlew, Beach 128 Stone-curlew, Bush 127 Stork, Black-necked 75 Swamphen, Purple 116 Swan, Black 15 Teal, Chestnut 26 Whistling-Duck, Plumed 10 Whistling-Duck, Wandering 11

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