Guide to native birds - no geekspeak

New guide 100 Australian Birds a handy travelling companion

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Georgia Angus shares tips on birdwatching for beginners

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What's that bird? How many times have you been on holiday and heard a new birdsong or spied a bird you're not familiar with?

If you're a beginner when it comes to birdwatching, a new book would make a helpful holiday companion.

100 Australian Birds, by Georgia Angus, gives insights into 100 key native species, accompanied by lush illustrations and simple descriptions.

As well as the author's original illustrations, you'll find handy distribution maps, identification methods and behavioural information.

There are also contributions from First Nations people on Taungurung, Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri names for particular birds.

And some extremely handy general birdwatching tips, from patience and listening, to the best times of day to venture out, ethical birding, using your observations to be a citizen scientist, and what to pack if you're going bush.

In a foreword, 2007 Australian of the Year, scientist, explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery describes the book as fabulous - "a jumping-off point for those wanting to enrich their exprience of the world around them".

Author Georgia Angus admits to being a sucker for birds and trees. Between painting, writing and studying, she spends as much time as possible bushwalking and scaring off her neighbours by popping out of hedges while in pursuit of bowerbirds.

If you like your guides without the geekspeak, this is the one for you.

100 Australian Birds, Georgia Angus (Hardie Grant Travel), RRP $29.99. Available from February 3.

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