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Two Books By IRENE MORCOMBE, with photography by Irene & Michael Morcombe

AUSTRALIA has always been famed for its wildlife. Ever since the first European explorers landed more than 300 years ago, teh rest of the wold has been fascinated by the great hopping animals, lareg flightless birds, and has become familiar with the kangaroo, koala, platypus, and budgeriegar. These creatures are in these two books for children, arranged alphabtically, each with at least one colour photo, and simple but informative and accurate text. This text is by Irene Morcombe, and based on long experience in travelling Australia with husband Michael morcombe, compiling many adult wildlfife books. She has also, for many years, worked in a sprimary school library with children around the age for which these two books are intended.

AUSTRALIA has some of the most unusual and colourful birds in the world. In this book, Irene Morcombe introduces us to the unique Black Swan, the fascinating Golden Bowerbird which builds its tall display bower in the Queensland rainforest. We ar shown the long-toed Jacana, which walks and even lays its eggs on the large floating waterlilly leaves of tropical billabongs, and Budgeriegars at their nest hollow. Also in theis book are some of Australia's brilliantly coloured parrots and cockatoos, honeyeaters probing for nectar in wildflowers, the long-legged and slender-billed Avocet, and the Pink-eared Buck. Among the most beautiful are the Rufous Fantail displaying its flame-coloured, long, widespread tail, and the beautifully barred, white-and-rufous underwing of a Spotted Harrier landing at its treetop nest. The most spectacular action is captured in a photo of a Black-shouldered Kite with hooked bill open and fiery red eyes glaring as it takes off from its nest. It has just delivered to its young, a mouse captured by hunting over a nearby grassy field.

AUSTRALIA is home to some of the world's most fascinating and unique wildlife. In this book Irene Morcombe has taken us across Australia, from the rainforests of north-east Queensland, to the tall forests and sand-heath plains of the south west of Western Australia, through the vast semi-deserts of the interior, to the tropical coastline of the Kimberley and Northern Territory. Along the way we meet Queensland's Ulysses butterfly, and the Cuscus; in south-western Australia we find the rare little Dibbler, and the tiny, nectar-eating Honey Possum, and the beautiful striped Numbat. Also met along the way are tine furry animals with strange names.... A for Antechinus, B for Bandicoot, E for Echidna, J for Jabiru, Q for Quoll, W for Wombat, and, sadly, X for "Xtinct' (and one that came bact from (almost) Extinct.

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