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Image from page 148 of "The Emu" (1901)

Title: The Emu

Identifier: emu07aust

Year: 1901 (1900s)

Authors: Australasian Ornithologists' Union; Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union

Subjects: Birds -- Periodicals; Birds -- Australasia Periodicals

Publisher: Melbourne : Australasian Ornithologists' Union

Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library

Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library



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" Bir^s of a fc2itt7Cr." Vol. VII.] 1ST JANUARY, 1908. [Part 3. Australasian Ornithologists' Union. SEVENTH (SYDNEY) SESSION. On Saturday, the 26th October, 1907, several ornithologists from South Australia and elsewhere arrived in Melbourne, and were met by some Victorian members of the A.O.U., and the united party journeyed together to Sydney by the afternoon express. On arrival next morning at Sydney, the visiting members were met and welcomed by representative New South Wales members of the Union. Manly, a picturesque suburb of Sydney, was visited during the afternoon, and a trip was taken to the week- end residence of Mr. A. F. Basset Hull, named Banksia Camp, at Freshwater. It was noticed that Mr. Hull has thoughtfully preserved the native flora surrounding his house, and many sweet-voiced birds, principally Honey-eaters, were observed skimming over the trunks of the gnarled banksias in the search for insect life, or were seen flitting from flower to flower, ravish- ing first one th^en the other for the nectar contained therein. Owing to the freedom from molestation in this sanctuary, birds naturally shy had become so confiding that they had nested within a few feet of the back door. Under the guidance of Mr. Hull and Mr. C. Coles, visiting members were privileged to make a short excursion through the surrounding country, which was of a rocky formation, clothed with stunted banksias, euca- lypts, and many varieties of flowering shrubs, interspersed with the peculiar flannel flowers. Cursory observations were made of the avifauna of this part, which is the home of the Hylacola, Origma, and several Honey-eaters, and other birds. On return to Mr. Hull's home the company were entertained by Messrs. Hull and C. Coles, and the former's collection was examined. Next day (Monday, 28th October) excursions were made in the morning to different parts of Sydney Harbour, and the picturesque scenery was greatly admired. In the afternoon a visit was paid to the Zoological Gardens. A specimen of an albino Emu was critically examined, and it was considered that the occurrence of albinism in the Dromceus was rarely met with.



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