New Zealand boasts exceptional species of birds; a quarter of the birdlife lives nowhere else on the planet. With the concerted focus on bird recovery, through sanctuaries, the Department of Conservation and volunteer groups, native birds are abundant, and those struggling species are continually growing in population.
Rob Suisted has captured these beautiful birds in remarkable, vibrant photographs, with individual portraits and habitat shots. The four main habitats – forest, wetlands, sea and coast, and open country are introduced by Alison Dench's thoroughly researched text. Extended captions accompany each photograph. This attractive, colourful book is a wonderful expression of New Zealand's most interesting birdlife.
Alison Dench is a highly skilled researcher, who writes, edits and designs books. Her most recent book Museums to Visit in New Zealand was published in 2010. She has written several books for New Holland Publishers, including Extreme New Zealand and Walking the Waitakere Ranges with Lee-Anne Parore. Alison is an outdoor enthusiast who lives in Arrowtown, in the South Island.
Rob Suisted is a Wellington-based photographer and conservationist who combines his passion for wildlife and magnificent scenery with a successful photographic library. His wildlife and scenic images are well known throughout New Zealand and have appeared in numerous calendars, books and magazines. He is the author of several books published by New Holland including New Zealand Panorama, Scenic New Zealand, New Zealand Landmarks and Wellington and Beyond. In 2011 he was awarded runner-up for the Whitcoulls Pictorial Travel Book of the Year Award for Majestic New Zealand, also published by New Holland.