WELCOME TO QFS

Dec 4 – Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:30pm start. QFS and Aussie Wildlife Supplies sales tables from 6:30-7:30pm.
School of Arts Hall – Cnr Wynnum and Thynne Rds, Morningside

Our guest speaker this Friday night is Greg Howell – ‘Breeding Birds in the Philippines – birds and challenges’

Greg grew up in Tamworth NSW and has had a long interest in finch aviculture since being introduced to birds by his uncle, Neville Kitney, a well-known aviculturist in the Riverina. He has a broad interest in Estrildid finches and in rainbowfish. After completing a PhD in plant reproductive biology at the University of Melbourne in 1995 Greg spent some time at Yanco, but then moved to the Philippines when his wife got a job at the International Rice Research Institute in 2004.

As a “trailing spouse” Greg had time to indulge in his hobbies in a very different environment and animal keeping culture to what we know in Australia. His talk will compare and contrast birdkeeping in Australia and the Philippines and give you a glimpse into the joys and frustrations of Greg’s bird keeping exploits in the Philippines.

Greg’s talk will be preceded by a Mini-Auction of 30 lots. This will also be our Christmas meeting and we will provide some Christmas fair for everyone. The meeting will be face to face at Morningside and also on ZOOM for members. Would be great to see you there.

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Come and join us for the QFS 2020 Annual General Meeting.
6th November 2020
6:30pm for a 7:30pm start
Cnr Wynnum and Thynne Roads, Morningside or via Zoom link (emailed to financial members)

Guest David Boyd (NSW)
“Bird Keeping and the importance of Record Keeping”

November is our AGM and so we will have some reporting and formality to completed. After that our speaker will be David Boyd coming in via Zoom from Sydney.

David originates from New Zealand where he studies Zoology and Natural Resource Management and then moved to Sydney in 1988 over thirty years ago. David kept finches and canaries in New Zealand from a very young age. Once in Australia his boys had finches and when David later moved to acreage just outside Sydney, he was able to build his current excellent aviary setup. In this talk David will provide a tour of his aviaries and the collection of finches he now keeps. However, David will also present some thoughts on record keeping for finch keepers which could benefit the whole hobby. This will be an interesting presentation.

If you’re in Brisbane come along to Morningside for the AGM and Davids talk or join Via ZOOM (financial members will be emailed Zoom link in days prior).

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The next Qld Finch Society general meeting will take place on October 2 at 7:30pm

Covid Safe on-site at the Morningside School of Arts Hall (Cnr Wynnum and Thynne Rds, Morningside) or virtually through Zoom (link to be emailed to members this week.

MARTIN THORN
“Weeds and Greens for Birds”
Martin Thorn is long standing President of the Beenleigh Bird Breeders Club in Brisbane and has been keeping birds since he was 12. He loves all birds and although he has concentrated largely on parrots he has dabbled with a few finches from time to time. He describes himself as a dedicated bird club man and he loves to share his knowledge with others. The topic of his talk is relevant to all bird breeders. A variety of greenfood is important for success with finches and parrots and Martin will work through the range of plants you can use. We will also have a short talk from Grant Shaw describing the small aviaries he builds for tight situations. The meeting will be face to face at Morningside and also on ZOOM for members. This will be a great meeting. Be there if you can.

Australian Wildlife Supplies will have their full range available on site between 6:30-7:30pm.

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The Queensland Finch Society will have its April General Meeting on 5 April 2019.

Held in the School of Arts Hall, Cnr Thynne and Wynnum RD’s, Morningside.
Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start.

Australian Wildlife Supplies and QFS Sales Tables’ operating from 6:30-7:30.

Some members may have birds for sale.

Main speaker:
Sheena De Jager Miles (Brisbane, Qld)
“A tour through the birds of the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany”.

Last year our Editor, Sheena, spent an extended period in Europe and found time to visit a few bird collections. Among them was the famed World Bird Park (Weltvogelpark) at Walsrode in Germany. This is the largest bird park in the world in terms of number of species and area. Only Jurong Bird Park in Singapore has more individual birds. Many of us would love to visit, but luckily Sheena is a keen photographer and she has captured images of many of the birds and of the layout of Walsrode. In this presentation Sheena will give her impression of the park, discuss the birds and some of the history to whet our appetites. An interesting meeting for sure.

Our meeting will commence with a Short Talk from Alan Hazleton on “My Different Aviaries”. This will be an introduction prior to an Aviary visit to Alan’s place on April 7.

Visitors welcome!

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QFS MAY BIRD SALE
The Queensland Finch Society May Table Sale will happen on 19 May 2019.

Finches for sale to the general Public directly from QFS members and breeders.

Located in the School of Arts Hall, Cnr Thynne and Wynnum RD’s, Morningside

Doors will open at 9:30am. Sale concludes 11:30. Early worm gets the bird!!

Australian Wildlife Supplies will have there full sales table operating from rear of the hall from 8:30am. QFS Sales table operating inside from 9:30am.

Entry $2. Children free.

BBQ and drinks available on the day plus great raffles!

Buyer to produce printed copy of permit for purchase of any birds under licence. Movement advices available from the club in the day for a small fee.

Bring cash and carry cages.

Any and all enquiries to qfsevents@outlook.com or Ph Peter on 0411 727 034.

NOTE TO SELLERS:
Contact Peter on above details to book at table. First in first served. Limited spots.
Bench fees $1 per bird tabled. (Zebs/Bengalese/quail 50c)
Qld Finch Society Code of Conduct must be complied with. Copy available upon booking.
No hybrids. No uncoloured gouldians.
Bring a supply of change.
BOOKINGS TO BE CONFIRMED BY 15 May 2019.

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The advantages and disadvantages of large planted finch aviaries in Melbourne

Speaker: Ken Moore
Venue: Morningside Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 7 June 2024 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.

Ken and his wife live in the Yarra Ranges 60 km east of Melbourne. Like many of us Ken started young in the hobby of bird keeping with his first birds at 9 years old. Over the years he has kept parrots, finches, doves, quail, pheasants, Green peafowl and exotic waterfowl and over time built up a magnificent set of aviaries. At one time he also had several species of kangaroos and wallabies including some albino Red kangaroos, and a small herd of Indian Antelopes.

These days his collection is “much smaller”, though still huge, and features some great finches and parrots held in large planted open aviaries with small shelter areas. Ken concedes that he has always had a leaning towards finches – “They are so interesting to just sit and observe them going about their life”. In this talk Ken will reflect on his large planted finch aviaries – what was good, what was not. Which species did they suit and which not. You are sure to enjoy this presentation.

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Results of the 2023 Gouldian Count Part 2

Speaker: Gary Fitt
Venue: Morningside Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 3 May 2024 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Zoom: Not available for this meeting.

In Part 2 of these presentations on the 2023 Gouldian Count Gary Fitt will present the results obtained during the week long waterhole count and their relevance in the context of past population estimates and ongoing conservation of the endangered Gouldian finch. He will explain the value of work done by Save the Gouldian Fund and challenges in interpreting the seasonal changes in abundance of the wild Gouldian. Attend live or on Zoom.

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The magic of the 2023 Gouldian Count Part 1

Speaker: Ian Brown
Venue: Morningside Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 5 April 2024 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Zoom: Not available for this meeting.

Our April meeting will cover all aspects of the 2023 Gouldian Count in the Kimberley with Ian Brown presenting a talk on “A Sojourn to the Gouldian Count in Wyndham” which will cover the thrills, spills, birds and fun during the multi- week roadtrip of Ian and Peter Holley to Wyndham and back in September last year. This meeting will provide some diverse information and images of birds and roads in inland Australia. Attend live. No Zoom available.

 

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My First Season with Red Siskins, a learning experience.

Speaker: Peter McDonald
Venue: Morningside Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 1 March 2024 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

Our March meeting features Peter McDonald, long time QFS member who has served many roles on the Committee including President. Peter has extensive experience with many types of finches and particularly enjoys his huge free flight aviary which houses many species.

In this talk Peter will focus on the Red Siskin, a species which is new to him. In fact this is his first breeding season and he has several observations and experiences to share. Peter will also call on some experienced Red Siskin breeders for comment. Like the Green Singers which Peter has plenty of experience with, the Red Siskin is a cup nester but they are very different otherwise. Peter is learning about this species. Why not come along to learn too?

Join via Zoom if you can’t make it live.

Details for ZOOM connection as follows:
Topic: QFS March Meeting
Time: Mar 1, 2024 07:30 PM Brisbane

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84399340465?pwd=npRqrva2aT1q8ElrW5puXnkvkcmqBn.1
Meeting ID: 843 9934 0465
Passcode: 399398

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“A Mixed Bag”

Speakers: Ian Brown, Jane Purcell, Brad Mayger, Dave Stuckey.
Venue: Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 5 January 2024.
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
No Zoom, sorry.

January is obviously our first meeting of the year and time to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a great period ahead with your birds, family and friends. As is usual for our January meeting it will be a mixed bag of short, but interesting items.

We will have 3 or 4 short items:
– Ian Brown will deliver a short talk on breeding unusual livefoods – beyond maggots and mealworms.
– Jane Purcell will discuss compatibility among species, including finches and small parrots.
– Brad Mayger will outline his path from parrot to finches and some thoughts about what he has learned along the way.
– Finally Dave Stuckey may be able to attend and will discuss his transition to finches and his thoughts on the differences and similarities.

There will be plenty to interest you and much for discussion.
Unfortunately there will be NO ZOOM OPTION for this meeting.
NOTE ALSO that AWS will not be able to attend this meeting.

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“Melanin Pigmentation in Finches pt 1 – Function, production and exploring the colours produced”

Speaker: Terry Martin
Venue: Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 1 December 2023.
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

Terry Martin is a practising vet in Brisbane and is well known in Zebra Finch circles as one of the initiators of the National Zebra Finch Show, of Zebra Finch standards and as keen student of colour and how it is produced.

Earlier in the year Terry gave a short talk on Carotenoid pigments and how they impact colour in finches. In his talk he will focus on Melanin pigmentation and will introduce us to how Finches have been able to take a pigment that is black in its most common natural state and use it to produce an enormous array of subtle colours. He will also highlight how sometimes similar colours in different species can be produced in different ways!

The talk will give the breeder the important basic knowledge that is critical to then delve into understanding colour mutations which will be the topic of a future talk – Melanin Pigmentation in Finches – Part 2 – Colour mutations and their genetic control (sometime in 2024). Don’t miss Part 1.

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The Queensland Finch Society’s January Finch Expo will be held on Sunday, 14th January 2024, commencing at 0930, Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. Enter from Mecklem St.

The AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE SUPPLIES SALES TABLE will be open from 8:00am with a large range of avicultural products.

The QFS SALES TABLE and MEMBERSHIPS will be available in the hall once the sale commences. Refreshments & BBQ available – Ample Parking. Admission $2. Children free.

NOTES FOR SELLERS:

  • Fees – $1 per bird (50c – Zebras, Bengalese & King Quail) up to a max of $25 per seller.
  • All birds to be tabled between 8:00 to 9:00am.
  • Preference for birds to be sold in their box, but alternative selling arrangements are acceptable.
  • A transfer cage will be provided.
  • The Qld Finch Society Code of Conduct will be strictly supervised and non-compliant cages and caging of birds will be refused. No crowded cages are acceptable. Examples are no more than 2 birds in a QFS Auction Box or 4 birds in a standard show cage or equivalent.
  • Maximum of 2 sellers per table, if only a half table is required.
  • No uncoloured Gouldians.
  • No hybrids.
  • Bring a supply of change.

BOOK EARLY – Tables will be limited. To book a table space – email klaerdon@gmail.com or phone Jim on 0402 071 545 before 5:00pm Thursday, 11th January 2024.

NOTES FOR BUYERS:

  • A BRIEF viewing of birds available will be allowed from 8:45 to 9:15am. Strictly no buying at this time.
  • Buyers will then be allowed to enter the hall at 0930 am to commence the sale.
  • Sales concludes 12 noon.
  • Bring cash and provide correct change please.

NOTE: This sale is subject to the “Code of Conduct for QFS Functions” available on the QFS website: www.qfs.org.au

All enquiries to Email: klaerdon@gmail.com | Phone: Jim 0402 071 545

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“The Blue Gouldian – Challenges and Rewards”

Speaker: Raoul Richards
Venue: Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 6 October 2023 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

Raoul Richards started in the bird hobby in Ipswich in 1975 at the age of 12 with Budgerigars. As the son of one of Queensland’s top Open Budgie breeder’s Roy Richards and with guidance from Barney Hackney, another of Queensland’s legendary bird enthusiast’s, Raoul had some great supporters. At 20 years old he became one of Australia’s youngest Budgerigar Judges after completing his judging exams. Raoul, and his father also kept a collection of Australian and Foreign Finches as well as African Lovebirds. In 2000 Raoul moved to America and spent 13 years in the States where he stayed in touch with the bird hobby doing aviary visits, attending shows and sales, gave the odd lecture, and judged occasionally. Returning to Australia in December 2014 Raoul quickly started building aviaries and now specialises in breeding Blue Gouldian’s and Mutations. The Blue Gouldian is a challenging mutation for many breeders, but with careful management it can be hugely rewarding. Raoul will outline how he has found success with them. Come and learn. Zoom will also be an option.

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“Fly-in Guests and Visitors”

Speaker: Vic Boorman
Venue: Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 8 September 2023 ( Second Friday of September )
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

Vic Boorman is a long time QFS member and part of the Committee. His interest in finches started when he was a child and he has maintained his enthusiasm to today with an excellent collection and set of aviaries.

Vic is an excellent presenter and did so as recently as July. He has stepped into the breach to also cover the September meeting with a presentation titled ” Fly-in Guests and Visitors”. He will give an overview of the birds he has kept in aviculture and also the many birds which visit his garden. It is an impressive list. The talk will be filled with interesting observations about birds of all types.

Come along and learn something from an experienced aviculturist, contribute to the discussion and chat with colleagues. Unfortunately we cant have an option for Zoom this meeting.

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The Avicultural Continuum – Past, Present and ?

Speaker: Tom De Graaff ( Melbourne )
Venue: Hall, corner Thynne Road and Wynnum Road, Morningside.
Date: 4 August 2023.
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

Tom started his bird life as a school kid in 1970. Over the years, he has kept and bred a variety of finches, doves and small parrots since then.

Growing up in the Victorian regional town of Ballarat, Tom had a team of mentors in the local Avicultural Club and then, in 1976, took his passion for birds to University with him! Tom’s studies in zoology and genetics tied in perfectly with aviculture. This was at the start of quite a boom in the breeding of lovebird mutations then many others.

Tom has written a number of articles on the subject of genetics but this talk will concentrate more on the avicultural and genetic future of our birds.

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When you are considering building an Aviary it is a very wise move to visit as many aviaries as you can, to get a general understanding of all the various types of Aviary that can be built.  […]

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With little or no fresh stock coming into the country, and very stringent controls on the taking of wild birds, it is imperative that we maintain the quality of our […]

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