14.9 C
Byron Shire
March 5, 2021

Book about boobook is beautiful

Latest News

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Other News

Taxpayers paying through the nose for the destruction of Casino to Murwillumbah train line

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores  On 14 January, 2015 The Echo comment ‘Railroaded’ quoted Don Page’s (Nationals then MP for Ballina) 2004...

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

Sing Lisa Sing

Jo Faith, Newtown How very distressing is the recent story of beautiful singer Lisa Hunt. She followed protocol, paid the...

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

Wendy-Lawrence-EJ-9W6A6928

Story & photo Eve Jeffery

An Alstonville children’s book author who lived a childhood many would dream about has won a prestigious award for a story about a bird.

Most people in the northern rivers who have found a sick, injured or orphaned raptor would probably have at some stage ended up in Wendy’s kitchen.

Wendy Lawrence was born on tea and coffee estates in the western ghats of south India. These estates were surrounded by dense jungle – a wildlife paradise.  Wendy had free range to see incredible wild animals such as elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, bison, pangolins and porcupines as well as birds and reptiles, including the magnificent king cobra.

The jungles had a lasting impact on her – a passion for wildlife and its habitats.

Wendy was also fortunate to have parents who loved the creatures surrounding their home and at various times took into care orphaned or injured animals including elephants and wildcats.

On moving to Australia and the northern rivers more than 30 years ago, Wendy continued her animal love and as one of a very few experienced raptor carers, she has been tending to sick, injured and orphaned owls and birds of prey for many years.

Wendy used photos from her own collection to base the drawings on
Wendy used photos from her own collection to base the drawings on

She has had many adult, as well as juvenile, Boobook owls that have needed help to return to the wild, and this was the birthplace of her new book, Boo and the Big Storm.

‘The Boobook is the smallest and most common of the nine species of Australian owl,’ says Wendy, who wanted to feature a bird found everywhere in the country. ‘It is mainly forest and wooded habitat bird, but it is also seen in towns and suburbs with lots of trees.’

A few years ago Wendy approached neighbour Glen Vause to do pencil mock-up illustrations from some photos she had taken over the years. Glen is a former Sydney illustrator who started out his career as a professional airbrush artist. In Sydney he got tagged as The Ol’ Master among the agency art directors and publishers thanks to his ability to render oils like the painters of the Renaissance and have them painted in time to meet the tight deadlines.

Together the pair worked on the book, which was published earlier this year and was recently the recipient of a wonderful award – an award that has special significance to Wendy.

Wendy sent a copy of the book to Birds Australia who, upon seeing the book, suggested she submit a copy to The Royal Zoological Society NSW.

The society were so impressed with the story that they presented Wendy and Glen the 2013 Whitley Award at a special ceremony at the Australian Museum in Sydney last month.

These Whitleys are a tribute to Gilbert Whitley, an eminent Australian ichthyologist. The awards are presented for outstanding publications that contain a significant amount of information relating to the fauna of the Australasian region.

Boo and the Big Storm was award winner in the Children’s Reader category.

‘It was wonderful winning an award, but even more wonderful that it was an award because of the animal content,’ says Wendy.

Wendy and her Boo book will be at the North Coast Kids & Babies Market this Saturday at Lennox Head and Wendy will  do a reading of the book at the Mullumbimby library on November 29.

To find out more about Boo, visit the Boo and the Big Storm website.

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...