Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 2016. Quarto, colour photographs, softcover.
Australia is a land with many animals found nowhere else on Earth. Yet many are active only during the cooler evening and night-time and are therefore rarely seen. These are the after dark animals so often found in our backyards, the arid desert, woodlands or rainforest, yet very little noticed by humans. This book brings this hidden fauna into the light. The after dark fauna includes a surprising diversity of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) species, from cockroaches, moths and spiders through to bandicoots, bats and birds - and then some. Each example is described in a unique, friendly style by Martyn Robinson, familiar to many Australians through his frequent media appearances on ABC Radio and in Burke's Backyard magazine, and Bruce Thomson, an internationally renowned wildlife photographer and bat researcher. The book includes stunning photography and boxes that highlight selected topics, such as the 'windscreen wiper' eyelids of geckoes and the strategies used by night-time plants to attract pollinators. Also included are practical tips on finding nocturnal wildlife, a glossary of scientific terms and a short bibliography. The perfect book to inspire interest in young and old alike.
Price: $35.00 AU