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 =====The Platypus===== =====The Platypus=====
  
-Did you know that the platypus is poisonous?+Did you know that the platypus is poisonous?\\
 Do you know how long the platypus digs his burrow? Do you know how long the platypus digs his burrow?
-The platypus is rarely seen by bushwalkers. However, now andthen One may + 
-be seen diving to the bottom of one of the pools in the Nattai or Soto other creek in the mountains. +The platypus is rarely seen by bushwalkers. However, now and then one may be seen diving to the bottom of one of the pools in the Nattai or some other creek in the mountains. 
-After its discovery on the Hawkesbury River in 1797, the platypus took a + 
-considerable time to become accepted by the scientific world. Some declined +After its discovery on the Hawkesbury River in 1797, the platypus took a considerable time to become accepted by the scientific world. Some declined to accept as a genuine production of nature, a creature apparently half mammal and half bird, furred and webfooted, with a beavertail and ducklike bill. Soon, however, there was ample proof that the "Duckbill Mole" or "Water Mole" old colonial names for Ornithorkynchus anatinus actually existed. Early reports of the fact that it laid eggs were discounted until a young Cambridge zoologist named Caldwell described the eggs in some detail in 1884. Actually the platypus along with its cousin, the Echidna or spiny Anteater, are the only egg laying mammals in the world. 
-to accept as a genuine production of Nature, a creature apparently half mammal and half bird, furred and webfooted, with a beavertail and ducklike bill. Soon, however, there was ample proof that the "Duckbill Mole" or "vat= Mole"  old colonial names for Ornithorkynchus anatinus actually existed. Early reports of the fact that it laid eggs were discounted until a young Cambridge zoologist named Caldwoll described the eggs in some detail in 1884. Actually the platypus along with its cousin, the Echidna or spiny Anteater, are the only egg laying mammals in the world. + 
-The female platypus has mammary glands without nipples and suckles its +The female platypus has mammary glands without nipples and suckles its young by extruding milk through the pores of the skin on its abdomen to be lapped up by the baby platypus. The male platypus is larger than the female and has two spurs, inside the heel of the hindfeet. Sharp and hollow, the spurs are connected to poison glands and the venom is conveyed right into the wound when the animal strikes home. 
-young by extruding milk through the pores of the skin on its abdomen to be +
-lapped up by the baby platypus. The male platypus is larger than the female and has two spurs, inside the heel of the hindfeet. Sharp and hollow, the +
-spurs are connected to poison glands and the venom is conveyed right into the wound when the animal strikes home.+
 There is only one species of platypus and it ranges from Northern There is only one species of platypus and it ranges from Northern
-Queensland to victoria and Tasmania along the easfern section of Australia. +Queensland to Victoria and Tasmania along the easfern section of Australia. The platypus was often trapped and shot in the early days for their beautiful seallike pelts. But disturbance of their habitat, probably as much as the numbers taken, caused such a reduction of the nervous creatures that they had to be given total protection in Victoria in 1888, and subsequently elsewhere. 
-The platypus *as often trapped and shot in the early days for their beautiful +
-seallike pelts. But disturbance of their habitat, probably as much as the numbers taken, caused such a reduction of the nervous creatures that they had to be given total protection in Victoria in 18889 and subsequently elsewhere.+
 The platypus excavates burrows in river banks with the claw of its forefeet. These burrows may be over 40 feet long and sometimes up to The platypus excavates burrows in river banks with the claw of its forefeet. These burrows may be over 40 feet long and sometimes up to
-100 feet long. The female digs an individual burrow when it is about to breed. +100 feet long. The female digs an individual burrow when it is about to breed. The nest chamber is rounded and covered with grass and leaves. The tunnel too, it is so narrow it probably has the effect of squeezing the moisture from the fur, preventing the bark and leaves in the nest chamber from becoming sodden. Two eggs form the usual clutch but occasionally three are laid. The female broods the eggs for about a week to ten days and when she goes out to feed after the young hatch, also plugs the burrow behind her, presumably against predators like goannas and carpet snakes. 
-The nest chamber is rounded and covered with grass and leaves. The tunnel too, +
-it is so narrow it probably has the effect of squeezing the moisture from the fur, preventing the bark and leaves in the nest chamber from becoming sodden. +
-Two eggs form the usual clutch but occasionally three are laid. The female broods the eggs for about a week to ten days and when she goes out to feed after the young hatch, also plugs the burror.behind her, presumably against predators like goannas and carpet snakes. +
-April 1968  +
-THE SYDNEY BUSE7L1ICERO Page 15+
 The adolesant emerges from the burrow after about 4 months. The adolesant emerges from the burrow after about 4 months.
-The platypus' diet usually consists of ya.bbies, earthworms, tadpoles and grubs. I.t consumes an enormous amount of food  usually about 25% of its own weight per day. Apparently they take all their food while swimming blind underwater, scything their rubbery bills from side to side and relying on its extraordinary sensitivity to pick up the slightest water movements caused by yabbios, to recognise the softness to the touch of waterlogged worms, and to fool and avoid the proximity of obstacles like rocks and logs. 
-Underwater Reporter. 
  
-DON'T MISS the very rutty trip on the programme. As a matter of fact 100 miles of ruts from Rylestone to Singleton. Somebody saw Don Finch last week buying a roll of spong rubber for his se-1,(or was it his bike seat?). The route follows fire trails across couttry+The platypusdiet usually consists of yabbies, earthworms, tadpoles and grubs. It consumes an enormous amount of food  usually about 25% of its own weight per day. Apparently they take all their food while swimming blind underwater, scything their rubbery bills from side to side and relying on its extraordinary sensitivity to pick up the slightest water movements caused by yabbies, to recognise the softness to the touch of waterlogged worms, and to feel and avoid the proximity of obstacles like rocks and logs. 
-DATE  17th, 18th9 19th May. C01\TTR2.CT  Ross "yborn+ 
-REVIE"S. + 
-Rucksack This is a bimonthly magazine oditorod by John Davis and +**Don't miss** the very rutty trip on the programme. As a matter of fact 100 miles of ruts from Rylestone to Singleton. Somebody saw Don Finch last week buying a roll of spong rubber for his seat (or was it his bike seat?). The route follows fire trails across country
-Gary Steer. Price 30c per copy. The first edition of this magazine (March) contains many extremely good photos many of which are dramatic and inspiring. The magazincis well laid out with thirtyone pages and twentyeight photos. However, some of the photos are not explained and some do not seem to fit in with the text. The text I feel is not as good as it should be.+Date:  17th, 18th, 19th May. Contact:  Ross Wyborn
 + 
 +**Reviews** 
 + 
 +**Rucksack** This is a bi-monthly magazine editorod by John Davis and 
 +Gary Steer. Price 30c per copy. The first edition of this magazine (March) contains many extremely good photos many of which are dramatic and inspiring. The magazine is well laid out with thirty-one pages and twenty-eight photos. However, some of the photos are not explained and some do not seem to fit in with the text. The text I feel is not as good as it should be.
  
 Ross Wyborn. Ross Wyborn.
  
 **Day trip** **Day trip**
-Glenbrook Glonbrook Creek  Euroka  Fireworks Ridge  Mt. Portal  + 
-Nepean R Lapstone12 miles, medium. Loader John Holly. +Glenbrook - Glenbrook Creek Euroka Fireworks Ridge Mt. Portal  
-A pleasant Sundays walk in the lower Blue Mountains, including a visit +Nepean R Lapstone12 miles, medium. Leader John Holly.\\ 
-to Nepoan River, where the hardy types might like to take a dip. Any prospectivos who'might need a few lessons in mapping should attend, as John Holly is notoitious for making the prospective member do the mapping. The train leaves Central Station at 8.20 a.m. (buy tickets to Glenbrook).+A pleasant Sundays walk in the lower Blue Mountains, including a visit to Nepean River, where the hardy types might like to take a dip. Any prospectivos who might need a few lessons in mapping should attend, as John Holly is notorious for making the prospective member do the mapping. The train leaves Central Station at 8.20 a.m. (buy tickets to Glenbrook).
  
 =====A word from your Social Secretary===== =====A word from your Social Secretary=====
  
-Wednesdy evenings as you all know, arc devoted to the social and business sideof.the Club. +Wednesdy evenings as you all know, are devoted to the social and business side of the Club. 
-My job, with co-operation from my follow Club members, is to plan a social programme, suitable, as far as possible to everyone. To help me therefore, I am asking you, the member, young or old, active or not so abtive to indicate to me the typo of entertainment you would like to see and consider suitable to our Club as a whole. It is my belief that many Club members are capable of giving interesting and entertaining talks on a wide range of subjects. It is from those people that I would like to hear as the deadline for the coming social programme is near and there are still spaces to be filled.+ 
 +My job, with co-operation from my follow Club members, is to plan a social programme, suitable, as far as possible to everyone. To help me therefore, I am asking you, the member, young or old, active or not so active to indicate to me the type of entertainment you would like to see and consider suitable to our Club as a whole. It is my belief that many Club members are capable of giving interesting and entertaining talks on a wide range of subjects. It is from those people that I would like to hear as the deadline for the coming social programme is near and there are still spaces to be filled. 
 Lack of suggestions will be considered an indicati6n of satisfaction in the present type of social programme and it will continue along those lines. Lack of suggestions will be considered an indicati6n of satisfaction in the present type of social programme and it will continue along those lines.
-See if you have any Suggestions of how we can possibly improve the rrodnesday evening social programme. Please bring them forward so they maybenefit the 'whole Club.+ 
 +See if you have any suggestions of how we can possibly improve the wednesday evening social programme. Please bring them forward so they may benefit the whole Club.
  
 Barry Pacey. Barry Pacey.
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 **Have you been down to The Colo**? **Have you been down to The Colo**?
  
-Plenty of sera, plenty of cliffs, plenty of walking. The Colo has many very large pools - ideal for swimming.  Angorawa Creek is a canyon and it is planned ti reach the  Colo bythis Crock. Parr 7est overlooks the Colo and it is planned to go out via this rout() - oh, well anything can happen in the Colo country. Don't bother to bring a map and compass because the leader doesn't know the way wither and we don't want to confuse him.+Plenty of scrub, plenty of cliffs, plenty of walking. The Colo has many very large pools - ideal for swimming.  Angorawa Creek is a canyon and it is planned to reach the Colo by this creek. Parr West overlooks the Colo and it is planned to go out via this route - oh, well anything can happen in the Colo country. Don't bother to bring a map and compass because the leader doesn't know the way wither and we don't want to confuse him.\\
 DATE 3rd, 4th, 5th May. CONTACT - Gerry Sinzig. DATE 3rd, 4th, 5th May. CONTACT - Gerry Sinzig.
-Is  
-On the 4th and 5th of 7:Tay, 
-Come to the Zig-Zag Railway, 
-An opportunity you should not miss. For further details, see Lin Bliss. 
  
 +On the 4th and 5th of May,\\
 +Come to the Zig-Zag Railway,\\
 +An opportunity you should not miss.\\
 +For further details, see Lin Bliss.
 =====Blundering Bludgers in The Budawangs===== =====Blundering Bludgers in The Budawangs=====
  
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 Yadboro Flat, Kalianna Ridge, Seven Gods Mt. Angel Creek, Hollands Canyon Creek, Clyde River, Castle Gap, Yadboro Flat. Yadboro Flat, Kalianna Ridge, Seven Gods Mt. Angel Creek, Hollands Canyon Creek, Clyde River, Castle Gap, Yadboro Flat.
  
-It was during this trip that I was orientated with the meaning of the word "whito-anting in a big way, Roger Lockwoodwas the official leader and Ross rTyborn the head white-anter. +It was during this trip that I was orientated with the meaning of the word "white-antingin a big way, Roger Lockwood was the official leader and Ross Wyborn the head white-anter. 
-The night was spent on Yadboro Flats and at 4 o'clock while trying to catch a wink, we were rudely awoken by a horn and a thud issued by the secretary and the now membership secretary, who were just making sure everyone was comfortable. That an example to prospectives. No wonder only 18% become members! + 
-The cars were left 3 miles past Yadboro Flats the following morning and we followed the road 'til Kalianna Ridge. The track was very indistinct and the party became disjointed and scattered over several miles on the west side of the castle. Two of the more experienced walkers (again the secretary and Membership secretary) took a wrong turning and were mislaid for 3 - 4 hours, another striking example to prospectives. The track to the castle lead us through a fantostic natural tunnel through the mountains. Immediately after the tunnel, poised on two rocks the party came to a halt for lunch, although not an ideal place, there being no water and only a fire suitable for dwarfs. If you are a slow eater, your lunch will be considerably reduced before you have time to realize that several people are kindly helping demolish your food. I've learnt by experience. +The night was spent on Yadboro Flats and at 4 o'clock while trying to catch a wink, we were rudely awoken by a horn and a thud issued by the secretary and the now membership secretary, who were just making sure everyone was comfortable. What an example to prospectives. No wonder only 18% become members! 
-The packs were left here and everybody raced literary to the summit. The view from the far end was spectacular dappled with small patches of sunlight, since the weather was mostly overcast. The sea could-bo seen in the distance to the east. The view was worth the climb. A great feeling of pleasure and satisfaction is felt when signing the book on top. The S.B.r.'s, on looking in the book, have had many walks thBre. The descent down was even more uncontrolled, half running, sliding and falling but no casualties occurred. 'collected our packs and the two missing walkers, who had circled the castle several times (great sense of direction). Through a boulder filled gully half a mile along the track, We entered the valley of the monoliths. + 
-The geological formations were, to say the least, unusual, rising on either side ofanarraw valley. Anther term introduced to me on this walk, is "aim Doodle" - a small monolith. There is one to the right of the valley of the monoliths, rhich I climbed quite easily, but not thinking how to get down, which is a completely different matter than climbing up.+The cars were left 3 miles past Yadboro Flats and the following morning we followed the road 'til Kalianna Ridge. The track was very indistinct and the party became disjointed and scattered over several miles on the west side of the castle. Two of the more experienced walkers (again the Secretary and Membership Secretary) took a wrong turn and were mislaid for 3 - 4 hours, another striking example to prospectives. The track to the castle lead us through a fantastic natural tunnel through the mountain. Immediately after the tunnel, poised on two rocks the party came to a halt for lunch, although not an ideal place, there being no water and only a fire suitable for dwarfs. If you are a slow eater, your lunch will be considerably reduced before you have time to realize that several people are kindly helping demolish your food. I've learnt by experience. 
 + 
 +The packs were left here and everybody raced literally to the summit. The view from the far end was spectacular dappled with small patches of sunlight, since the weather was mostly overcast. The sea could be seen in the distance to the east. The view was worth the climb. A great feeling of pleasure and satisfaction is felt when signing the book on top. The S.B.W.'s, on looking in the book, have had many walks there. The descent down was even more uncontrolled, half running, sliding and falling but no casualties occurred. We collected our packs and the two missing walkers, who had circled the castle several times (great sense of direction). Through a boulder filled gullyhalf a mile along the track, we entered the valley of the monoliths. 
 + 
 +The geological formations were, to say the least, unusual, rising on either side of a narrow valley. Anther term introduced to me on this walk, is "Rum Doodle" - a small monolith. There is one to the right of the valley of the monoliths, which I climbed quite easily, but not thinking how to get down, which is a completely different matter than climbing up.
  
-The white-anters were debating where to go but a sudden burst of rain halted their Diana, and a quick dash was made to the fantastic camping cave under Mt. Fletcher. Up to now, two of the members had boon carrying very heavy packs. We found out why. They all had a three course meal and round the fire produced a bottle of Claret. They didn'drir* much themselves - a certain member of the party had a mighty big gulp.+The white-anters were debating where to go but a sudden burst of rain halted their plan, and a quick dash was made to the fantastic camping cave under Mt. Fletcher. Up to now, two of the members had been carrying very heavy packs. We found out why. They all had a three course meal and round the fire produced a bottle of Claret. They didn'drink much themselves - a certain member of the party had a mighty big gulp.
  
-One of Ross '7yborn's mottos must be do a job well. Next morning the wood supply had to be reta.onished inthe cave, so Ross and Co., stood on top and for the next half hour the sky poured logs and branches.+One of Ross Wyborn's mottos must be do a job well. Next morning the wood supply had to be replenished in the cave, so Ross and Co., stood on top and for the next half hour the sky poured logs and branches.
  
 The white-anters moved into action and as a result, we climbed the The white-anters moved into action and as a result, we climbed the
-shrouded Gods Mountain, not knowing whether the descent on the other side was negotiable. As we found out several hours later, it was by avery narrow passage between two rocks. Just as well no-one was over weight to any great extent. It wasn't 'til after lunch that the Clyde was ren,ched, another experienced walker, the walks secretary, managed to get lost.+Shrouded Gods Mountain, not knowing whether the descent on the other side was negotiable. As we found out several hours later, it was by a very narrow passage between two rocks. Just as well no-one was over weight to any great extent. It wasn't 'til after lunch that the Clyde was reached, another experienced walker, the Walks Secretary, managed to get lost.
  
-Due to the efficient titing.of the white-anters, the:walk out along the road was completed inthe dark, and I aia not roach home until 1.30 a.mi - the only respectable -time to get home after a good walk.+Due to the efficient timing of the white-anters, the walk out along the road was completed in the dark, and I did not roach home until 1.30 a.- the only respectable time to get home after a good walk.
  
 **Another walk** **Another walk**
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 **Sunday May 5th** **Sunday May 5th**
  
-David Ingram will lead a trip from Hint, Bushwalkers Basin, Kalibucca Creek, Freers Crossing, Minto. This trip is 12 miles, medium - and is a test walk. Rumour has it that John Holly is going along to show David the way. Train leaves from Central Station at 8.25 a.m. (tickets to MInto). Dnxids can be contacted on 6357733 business 'phone number.+David Ingram will lead a trip from Hint, Bushwalkers Basin, Kalibucca Creek, Freers Crossing, Minto. This trip is 12 miles, medium - and is a test walk. Rumour has it that John Holly is going along to show David the way. Train leaves from Central Station at 8.25 a.m. (tickets to Minto). David can be contacted on 6357733 business phone number.
  
 **Walks Programme** **Walks Programme**
  
-Your.new winter walks programme is now being compiled. Now is the chance for you to lead a trip. If you are new and need advice or suggestions regarding walks, see Don Finch or Doone Wyborn.+Your new winter walks programme is now being compiled. Now is the chance for you to lead a trip. If you are new and need advice or suggestions regarding walks, see Don Finch or Doone Wyborn.
  
 =====The social scene===== =====The social scene=====
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