8 July 2016 – Birds in Castlemaine – past and present

Hugh Leach with robin
Hugh Leach with robin

The guest speaker for the July 2016 CFNC general meeting is club-member Damian Kelly.  Damian’s talk is titled ‘Birds in Castlemaine – past and present‘.  Damian has let us know that his presentation will be ‘an exploration of aspects of the history of birding and bird photogaphy in Castlemaine and other areas by tracing the life and photography of Hugh Leach, the man who had the Kalimna bird fountain built to honour him.’

Damian is a life-long bird observer and photographer, who along with Chris Timewell, has been researching Castlemaine birds and changes over time in the area, which has led to interesting historical excursions.
Following the story of Hugh has provided an insight into early records of birds, bird behaviour, the Gould League and other interesting diversions.

Dusky Woodswallow photo by Hugh Leach
Dusky Woodswallow photo by Hugh Leach

The talk is to be held on Friday 8 July from 7.30pm in the Fellowship Room, which is located behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum).  Visitors and other guests are very welcome to attend, and entry is free.

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