Because of its isolation Tasmania does not have as many natural predators as mainland Australia. As a result, Tasmania boasts over 200 species of birds, some of which are found nowhere else in Australia. This comprehensive field guide combines information to aid the identification of birds found in Tasmania with photographs of each species in its natural habitat. Bird entries are organized into six groups: waterbirds; birds of prey; rails and hens; waders; gulls and terns; owls, parrots and kingfishers; and songbirds. Each entry includes: information on identification, behaviour, voice, habitat, and breeding, accompanied by a colour photograph and distribution map.
Dave Watts is an award-winning wildlife photographer. Based in Tasmania, he has worked as a forest officer in the UK and as a conservation officer with the Tasmanian Conservation Trust. His work has been widely published in leading Australian and international natural history magazines. Dave is the first photographer to ever photograph the rare Orange-bellied Parrot in the wild. Other books by Dave include Spectacular Australian Wildlife and Kangaroos and Wallabies of Australia, both published by New Holland Publishers, and Tasmanian Mammals: A Field Guide which has sold more than 10,000 copies.