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‘Big Building Birds’ (Bird Nerd Column)

My ‘Bird Nerd’ column in the latest Australian Geographic Magazine (Issue 158) is all about those incredible birds that build huge mounds to incubate their eggs – the Magapodes. The name actually means ‘large foot’ and these ground-dwelling birds use these large feet to rake through the leaf litter for food, perch in trees for safety and, of course, construct incubation mounds.

Australia has three species: Malleefowl, Australian Brush Turkey and Orange-footed Scrubfowl, but is not the only country to have them. There are 22 species recognised in the Indo-Pacific region.

You can order your copy directly through Australian Geographic online store here. Australian Geographic also endorses many of my books. You can check out my recent titles here and purchase a copy of any of them from my secure store.

Cover of Issue 158 of the Australian Geographic Magazine
Hands holding the Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book by Peter Rowland

MEGAPOTS GIVEAWAY

I am delighted to be able to offer a free copy of my ‘Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots’ book (co-authored with Chris Farrell and published by John Beaufoy Publishing) to one of my followers.

The promotion will end on 4th October and the winner announced on 5th October.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
πŸ‘‰ Follow me on Instagram @_peterrowland
πŸ‘‰ Tag a friend in the comments (as many as you want, 1 at a time)
πŸ‘‰ Share this post on your stories, tagging me for an extra chance
πŸ‘‰ Sign up to my newsletter in the link in my bio for extra chance

Butterflies of Australia

I just received my advance copies of my new book ‘A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of Australia’ co-authored with the wonderful Rachel Whitlock, who also worked on the very successful Insects book in the same series.

This is the sixth book in the Naturalist’s guide series that I have done for John Beaufoy Publishing since 2017 and the eighth book in total (the other two being the ‘Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots’ [released in 2018] and the newly completed ‘Wildlife of Australia’s Rainforests’ which is due out in 2021).

I am looking forward to the book’s Australian release in October, and I am planning a special giveway when it does – so watch this space!

A Naturaliust's Guide to the Butterflies of Australia cover
Front cover of issue 157 of Australian Geographic Magazine

‘All at Sea’ (Bird Nerd Column)

Issue 157 is the latestΒ  edition of the Australian Geographic Magazine to hit the shelves. In this issue my ‘Bird Nerd’ column is called ‘All at Sea’ and talks about pelagic birds and birding trips. The feature image is the incredible Wandering Albatross (the bird with the longest wingspan of all the world’s species). I discuss a little about the lives they lead and the amazing distances they travel. You can order your copy directly through Australian Geographic online store here. Australian Geographic also endorses many of my books. You can check out my recent titles here and purchase a copy of any of them from my secure store.

Image of Bird Nerd Column from Australian Geographic Magazine Issue 157 All At Sea