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Glass Negative - Nest of the White Headed Tree Runner, by A.J. Campbell, Australia, circa 1895 Image Reg. No: MM 046886

Image taken by A.J. Campbell in preparation for his definitive work, 'Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds including the Geographical Distribution of the Species and Popular Observations Thereon', published by Pawson & Brailsford, Sheffield, England in 1900. Campbell noted: 'Nest - Neat, small, open, upright; composed of spiders' webs and cocoons, covered outwardly with small pieces of greying bark placed parallel with and resembling the figure of the bark of the branch holding the nest - altogether a wonderful piece of mimicry both as regards colour and form of the nest; inside deep and lined with soft bark, spider and other insect cocoons. Usually situated in an upright, dead, forked branch near the top of a tree. The nest has an elastic tendency, and when removed from its resting-place readily contracts. Dimensions over all, 2 + inches by 2 ¢ inches in depth (or to the prong of the branch); egg cavity, 1 ¢ inches across by 1 + inches deep.'
Black and white silver gelatin glass negative, half plate, portrait format
Description Of Content:
Heavily camouflaged nest in fork of dead tree.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Natural Science
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: nests
Themes this item is part of: Campbell's own observations of the White-Headed Tree Runner, A.J. Campbell Collection, Archibald James Campbell, Naturalist (1853-1929), Images & Image Making Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: ENVIRONMENTS
Secondary Classification: Wildlife
Tertiary Classification: nests
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place Depicted: Australia
Photographer: Archibald Campbell, circa 1895

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