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The Honeyeaters' Tree

ByAndy Gibb

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Suddenly homeless and beyond mid-life, a British birdwatcher takes off for the Antipodes. He's looking for the 73 species of honeyeater. In the process he uncovers the tree of life and the landscapes of Australia and New Zealand. He learns how the tree of life connects all the planet's species and how one of them threatens it like rarely before. The author flies via Singapore to a week around Perth. As 2008 turns into 2009, he drives two months in a campervan from Adelaide to Cairns, Queensland. The route skirts floods and cyclones. A fortnight in Tasmania and Victoria, with its fatal fires, concludes the Australian leg. New Zealand then offers a coda with its own branch of the family. Railways, cities and culture shock play cameo roles throughout. Not just about birds, the trip is a last chance to witness other survivors from the Triassic as they struggle against the latest mass extinction.

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Publication Date
Jul 28, 2010
Language
English
ISBN
9781446152508
Category
Travel & Adventure
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Andy Gibb

Specifications

Pages
257
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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