Brolga Country : Travels in Wild Australia
On assignment in outback Australia, wildlife photographer and writer Mitch Reardon encounters a rancher whose infectious desire to protect the habitat of Australia's only native crane, the Brolga, inspires him to go on a journey to find these magnificent birds. Brolga Country records Reardon's progress through some of Australia's wildest and most remote country, from the wilderness of Cape York Peninsula where the sprawling rivers, billabongs, lakes and swamps of Lakefield National Park support vast assemblages of wetland birds to Bool Lagoon in South Australia, the last stronghold of the southern Brolgas.Once widespread throughout the mainland's wetlands, these magnificent birds have almost disappeared from their southern range. Ecologists recognise the Brolga as an 'umbrella' species a species whose conservation could protect numerous other animals and plants, because its needs match those of so many others, including ourselves. Reardon's understanding of the complexities involved in balancing conservation with the needs of human productivity provides valuable insight and some of the practical applications he cites throw up unexpected solutions.Brolga Country touches upon the interconnectedness of all things, and makes a case for enlightened co-existence between people and the natural world.
- Paperback | 184 pages
- 226 x 230 x 20mm | 798.32g
- 01 Sep 2008
- Allen & Unwin
- St Leonards NSW, Australia
- 122 full-colour photos & 8 maps
About Mitch Reardon
Mitch Reardon worked as a ranger in Namibia and South Africa before becoming a wildlife photographer and writer. He is the author and photographer of five books and an award-winning short-story writer. His articles, which have appeared in magazines from Australian Geographic to Penthouse, are mostly concerned with wildlife and travel and his images have appeared in National Geographic and on advertising billboards.
Table of contents
ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Cromarty Wetlands2. Townsville to Daintree3. Lakefield National Park4. Mareeba Wetlands5. Cranes in the Mist6. Desert Brolgas7. In the Riverina8. Beneath the Grampians9. Bool LagoonNotesBibliographyIndex