Reef and Rainforest

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A unique photographic portrayal of the plants and animals in one of the world's most biodiverse regions.

Reef and Rainforest is a photographic portrayal of marine and terrestrial life in one of the world's most biodiverse regions – the tropics of north-eastern Australia, together with the South Pacific nations of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. + Full description

The photographs were taken over a period of more than 30 years while the author was living in the Solomon Islands and northern Australia. They depict life on the coral reefs, in the rainforests and in adjacent tropical savannahs. From detailed macro studies to sweeping scenics and aerials, the photographs are impressive for both their technical/compositional expertise and the unique insight they provide into the behavioural nuances of marine and terrestrial wildlife. Almost all the wildlife images are of free-living, non-posed subjects, photographed as they were encountered.

Along with the stunning photography, the detailed and reflective captions are drawn from the author’s experiences. Reef and Rainforest conveys the richness and diversity of the natural world with maximum visual impact.

- Short description


No longer available in a print edition.


"This large, beautiful book is drawn from 40 years of life in tropical north-eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. McCoy's photographs are stunning — many are full-page or double-page — and full of visual information which grabs and engages your attention. His accompanying text is brief and insightful, adding enough detail and explanation to enrich the experience and subtly build you understanding of this region which, as the author points out, is geographically small but outstanding in its biodiversity."
Wildlife Australia Magazine, Autumn 2011

"…a banquet for the eye and mind."
Mark Freeman, The Kuranda Paper, February 2011


ePDF | October 2010
ISBN: 9780643100589
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | October 2010
ISBN: 9780643102125
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Photographic coverage of both marine and terrestrial environments
  • Unique portrayal of natural history subjects in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions
  • High-quality photography
  • Almost all the wildlife images are of free-living, non-posed subjects, photographed as they were encountered


Michael McCoy lived in the Solomon Islands for 26 years, where he worked as a professional photographer and writer, specialising in natural history and ethnological subjects. He has travelled and photographed extensively in Papua New Guinea, and since 1995 he has lived in north Queensland. He has authored several books and has worked on contract photo/writing assignments for Australian Geographic and photo assignments for National Geographic, and as a consultant for several television documentary productions including the BBC Natural History Unit’s South Pacific.