…which of course lead us into a discussion about Narelle’s award winning picture book, Fox and Fine Feathers, with her signature linocut illustrations.
Lyrebird, Coucal, Pitta and Nightjar are birds of the forest floor. Although as different as groundbirds can be, they always look out for danger and warn each other to hide. One day, Lyrebird, Coucal and Pitta forget to look out for Fox. Only Nightjar is watching. Can he warn the others in time?
We loved learning more about these four beautiful Australian rainforest birds from the story:
- Superb Lyrebirds are incredibly shy creatures. They are rarely seen, but often heard as they mimic the calls of other birds. Males have long, intricate tail feathers.
- Pheasant Coucals are sizeable black and brown birds. They are not particularly adept at flying, so prefer to run after their prey.
- Noisy Pittas are brightly coloured little rainforest birds. They hop about in the undergrowth, and although quite common are not often seen.
- Long-tailed Nightjars are masters of disguise. Their feathers are perfectly camouflaged amongst the leaf litter during the day while they sleep.
Courtesy of Narelle Oliver herself, I have a SIGNED copy of Fox and Fine Feathers for one lucky SquiggleMum reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me an Australian bird that your kids have seen in your area. (It’s a great excuse to look out for birds this week…) One entry per person, Aussie residents only, comp closes Sun 18/3/12 8pm Qld time.
PS – If you adore Narelle’s work, prints from the book are available at the gorgeous Marks and Gardner gallery online, or at their beautiful premises on Mt Tamborine. Tell them SquiggleMum sent you
*I received a copy of the book from Narelle Oliver, but did not receive payment for this post.
This competition has now closed. Congratulations Judith.
You are the winner of a signed copy of Fox and Fine Feathers!