September 2022 General Meeting

“Just Birds”

Guests: Greg Simmons, Les Cameron.
Venue: Hall, corner of Wynnum & Thynne Rds, Morningside.
Date: 9 September 2022
Time: 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.
Or Zoom: link to be emailed to QFS members.

This meeting will include information about the QFS Auction on September 11, a short talk, a main presentation, a great raffle with a pair of birds to win, and lots of bird chatter at supper.

The Short Talk will be from Les Cameron speaking about “Pytilias and more”. Les is an astute finch breeder and well worth listening to.

The main presentation will be from Greg Simmons speaking on the topic of “Just Birds”.

Greg is another finch enthusiast who started keeping birds when he was ten. A gift of three Zebra Finches from his cousin kicked it off and he was hooked. Greg immediately got his father to build him an aviary and over the next ten years the collection grew to include a range of finches, parrots and pheasants.

It was during this time that Greg met Don Sear and Russel Kingston around the time that they and others had formed QFS. He learned a great deal from these two. Work and life then intervened as Greg spent 8 years working overseas in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. He returned to Australia in 1981 and graduated as a vet in 1986 before spending 20 years in private practice.

In 2005 Greg commenced a PhD culminating in 12 years as lecturer in companion animal surgery at the vet school at the UQ Gatton campus. Five years ago Greg commenced building up his finch collection again as he approached retirement and has now established an interesting collection in a well constructed set of aviaries. So, he has come full circle and is still building aviaries! Greg presentation will cover his history with birds and his current collection.

This will be an interesting talk and might prompt a few other new members to consider giving a talk in future. So come along or Zoom in.

If you want further details, contact me on gary.fitt@bigpond.com
Gary Fitt
Vice President, QFS
Mob: 0429 457 615


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