Rainbow Lorikeets in the 1950s

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Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets in the 1950s
From: "Charles Nixon" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:06:11 +1100
While I don't have my older Guide Books at hand, so can't comment on their 
distribution maps, I can report that in the 1950s the Rainbow Lorikeet was a 
very exotic bird for an observer in Melbourne: from memory you'd have to go 
north to Mallacoota to see one. Like other correspondents I remember my mixed 
emotions at the sight of the flocks at the Currumbin 'sanctuary' in the 60s: 
crassly commercial, and not what I'd wished for, but weren't the birds 
splendid? Now I'm afraid I think them a pest, and garish. And some so-and-so on 
the cliff at Studley Park, my old stamping ground, has been feeding them for 
years, so they've flourished and dominate the nest sites ...
On my increasingly infrequent trips back 'home' I no longer expect to see 
Little or Purple-crowned, though the latter were never, I think, regular 
visitors to Kew. But I note that the Musks like the eucs around the Hawthorn 
Aquatic Centre.
 Ted Nixon
[Greenwich, NSW, where Rainbows are abundant, in common with many Sydney 

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