Virtual COG meeting 13 October

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Subject: Virtual COG meeting 13 October
From: jandaholland--- via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 03:48:36 +0000

Dear COG members and chat line subscribers, a reminder that there will be a virtual COG meeting tomorrow evening 13 October.


Details of how to log in and the speakers are below.


Everyone is welcome, so please join in for a couple of very interesting presentations that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own warm premises.


Jack Holland



With the ACT lockdown due to the COVID outbreak announced on 12 August, The COG meeting on 13 October will be held on-line.  COG members and guests will be able to log into these meetings through the same regular webinar link for COG Members Meetings: This link is also available on the Home page of the COG web site.  Please do this around 10 minutes before the 7:30 pm start of the meeting, so that you can enter your name and e-mail address to join the Webinar.


Despite it being a virtual meeting, there will be two presentations as usual.


The first presentation will be by McComas Taylor, a keen bird-watcher in Canberra for over 40 years, and author of the ACT Bird Atlas and ACT Field Guide, on “The five 'red' Robins.”


This will be a quick survey and comparison of five robins that you are likely (or less likely) to see in the Canberra area: the Rose, Pink, Flame, Scarlet and Red-capped.


The main presentation will be by Russell McGregor, an adjunct professor of history at James Cook University, on “The History of Birdwatching in Australia: A Bird’s Eye View.”


In this talk, Russell will give a bird’s eye view over the history of birdwatching in Australia, from the beginning of twentieth century to now. From field glasses to field guides, from the skinning kit to the camera, from notebooks to Facebook, the changes in birding over the last 120 years or so have been immense. He will look at what impels people to watch birds and how our ways of doing so have changed under the massive technological, economic, social and cultural shifts of modern times.  Russell can’t cover everything in a short talk, so he will focus on three related themes: the dissociation of watching birds from collecting them; the rise of bird photography; and the evolution of the field guide in Australia.




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