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Talitha Huston and her self-published book, Birds of the Perth Hills.

Bird books sky high sales at local festival

By Sally McGlew

WITH an initial print run of 200 books, and having already sold 115 books, Talitha Huston, 17, is very pleased with her latest project focussing on native bird life.

The final year Helena College student decided to publish the book because she was fascinated by local birdlife around her Gidgegannup home.

“I also wanted to share my findings with other Hills residents who might have a love of West Australian birds,” she said.

“Birds of the Perth Hills” was sold at the Blue Sky Festival for $22, with 10 per cent of the sales going to Lesmurdie’s Kanyana Animal Sanctuary.

Talitha hopes others will be inspired to learn as much as she has about the native birdlife.

“I’ve been working on the book for three years now,” she said.

Talitha took all the photos and researched the birds around her with her favourite being the Western Spine Bill.

The book has been printed by Snap Printing and is produced on recycled paper.

The Blue Sky Festival focusses on sustainability and education with stalls and demonstrations along with author presentations.

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