THE CLUB AND show side of the hobby is undergoing its annual lull at the moment, yet that just seems to have created space for all sorts of other good things in Cage & Aviary Birds this week. Here are a few highlights that I’d like to draw to your attention.
■ On page 2 we preview a bit of a new venture, or joint venture to be accurate: a combined sales event and open show that C&AB is to put on this November in partnership with that respected (and, for us, local) club, Maidstone & SECAS. It’ll be great to try out something different – and we’re eagerly looking forward to it.
■ What makes a winner? As thoughts start to turn towards show preparation, on page 7 we hear from Bengalese man Tony Edwards, a serious showman who’s nonetheless happy to share proven advice with his fellow competitors! And over on page 8 Dave Brown considers what are the key habits of the winning fanciers that he has known in the zebra finch world... a topic that inevitably raises the question of which exhibitor, if any, will take on the mantle of the peerless, but allegedly retired, Peter Harrison.
■ Another highly competitive exhibitor who is well used to a tough environment is budgerigar stalwart Paul Redford, whom Jim Wright profiles on page 9. It’s a pleasure to hear from Paul, a great servant of a great club – the Northern BS – for whom breeding and staging top-quality budgies represents some serious relaxation from his challenging day job in the probation service.
■ On page 10 we feature an exclusive, no less! It’s a welcome follow-up from Colin O’Hara’s uniquely popular Splendid Diary series. Once again, Colin reports from the cutting edge of colour-development in this most versatile of the grass parakeets, and his summary of the developments in the rubino and spangled mutations will be required reading for all Neophema fans.
■ Skipping ahead a little, page 14 gives us an insight into the overseas work conducted by the Loro Parque Fundación, in particular among the obscure but bird-rich islands of Indonesia. Loro Parque’s David Waugh reports on some of the rarest and most spectacular parrot species in the world. Hopefully that will help to whet your appetite!
Enjoy your birds on these long midsummer days.
In the June 29, 2016, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, the books on the birds-of-paradise are almost as beguiling as the birds themselves. Here Bill Naylor reviews some of the classic titles and the changing emphasis of their authors
In news, we report that Cage & Aviary Birds is to team up with Maidstone & South Eastern Counties Avicultural Society (SECAS) to run a combined open show and sales event in Kent this November and one hundred exhibition budgerigars from a stud that began in 1959 have burned to death in a devastating birdroom fire.
As avifauna populations continue to decline across the globe, the Loro Parque Fundación and its various partners strive to make a difference to the lives of some species that have been adversely affected by trafficking, habitat loss, farming and lack of education, says Dr David Waugh. Here, Dr Waugh sets the scene for two species – the red-and- blue lory and vinaceous-breasted parrot – whose real population was simply not known before the Fundación helped to fund vital fieldwork that may save these birds
Brian Keenan continues outlining his canary calendar for the year with a focus on your birdkeeping routine from April through to June
As the spring draws to a close, Colin O'Hara reports on his latest developments in the rubino and spangled mutations of the splendid parakeet, and advises on essential pest control
Plus lots more, including Bengalese, zebra finches, Species in Focus and Ask the Expert.