We are pleased to be able to offer our customers a collection of specially commissioned bookmarks illustrated and designed by William T. Cooper. Bill Cooper kindly agreed to this commission and the artwork was completed late 2005. These bookmarks are NOT for sale, individual bookmarks are added to customer's parcels and are often made available to customers who make a shop purchase at our discretion. For a larger image and more information on each individual bookmark please click on the thumbnail image below.
The spectacular Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri) was first collected in the central highlands of New Guinea in 1936. A partial specimen was sent to the British Museum by Fred Shaw Meyer and it was described in 1939. The central tail plumes can reach lengths of over one metre and a fully plumaged male is an extraordinary sight as it flies through the dense canopy of New Guinea's upper montane forest.
The Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) is a widespread and relatively common bird of open woodland throughout most of Australia.
Red-banded Jezebel and Blue Triangle
The top and bottom butterflies are the Red-banded Jezebel (Delias mysis). The uppermost is a male underside and the bottom figure is the upperside of a female. The central butterfly is the Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon)and the plant is Little Evodia (Melicope rubra). Both species are found in the rainforests of north Queensland.
Boyd's Forest Dragon
Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) is a handsome rainforest dweller of far north Queensland. It is usually very cryptic and has a habit of moving around a tree trunk avoiding view.
The White-throated Needletail (Hirundapis caudacutus) so named because of its distinctive tail (not visible in flight) is a common Australian migrant. Its arrival in southern Australia is usually associated with low pressure weather patterns.
Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo
Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) is one of two (the other is Bennett's Tree Kanagroo) remant species of Tree Kangaroos found in tropical far north Queensland, the other eight species are found in New Guinea. Tree Kangaroos are well adapted to an arboreal life and spend most of their time in the rainforest canopy. This species is named after the Norwegian exploper Carl Lumholtz who visited Queensland in the 1880's.