Talitha's bird book takes off!

Talitha Huston is a 17-year-old hills high school student and she has a love for nature photography—particularly birds.

After taking hundreds of photos of birds, she decided to make use of them in producing a book on local birds called Birds of the Perth Hills which she worked on from the age of 14 to16.

What makes this book remarkable is that not only did Talitha take all the photos, hand-paint the maps and do all the research, she completed it without anyone, including her family, knowing she was doing it!

This book is special. Not only was it written by a local hill-billy who was born in Gidgegannup, but it has its own rating called a ‘Skittish Rating’ and tips for photographing all the birds in the book.

Within a week of launching her book at the Blue-Sky Festival in Mundaring in March 2021 Talitha had sold 190 copies. In one week, she had been requested to do a podcast, feature in a National wildlife magazine and give presentations at local clubs.

Talitha’s books are available from an ever-growing list of locations including:

  • Mundaring Visitors Centre - Mundaring
  • Hot Shots Coffee Van - Parkerville
  • Robyn’s Nest Coffee Kiosk – Glen Forrest
  • Gidgegannup Newsagency
  • Gidgegannup Takeaway
  • Greenhouse Gallery – Kalamunda
  • Craft Partners - Kalamunda
  • Dwellingup General Store