GREAT NEWS HAS come from the recent Budgerigar Society (BS) spring event at Scotch Corner. Best in show was awarded to current BS world champion Ady Lovack with his seemingly unbeatable light green cock: the bird’s 11th best-in-show win.

Ady told C&AB that he has registered this “one-in-a-million” bird with the BS as a Grand Champion and it now goes by the name of “East Coast Emerald Lad”. Next, Ady aims to breed a Supreme Champion – a bird that wins 21 best-in-show points as a young bird, followed by 21 best-in-show points as an adult. Good luck with your challenge!

While passing out the congratulations, I’d like to wish the Canary Council’s (CC) president, Maurice O’Connor, an enjoyable third year in his role. He is an excellent ambassador for the Irish fancy canary and does a sterling job promoting the hobby. The news from the CC AGM in Coalville was fresh in my mind, so apologies to BS chairman Maurice Roberts whose surname with which I muddled up on last week’s news pages.

■ Editor Rob Innes writes: At Zwolle, Holland, the night before last February’s bird market, I met up for dinner with a gang of softbill breeders. Among them was a tall, serious, young Dutch bird fanatic called Sander van Duuren: a local, living in Zwolle. We discussed the softbill species I was particularly looking for at the bird market. 

The next morning we met again in the crowded sales halls and Sander generously accompanied me on my first tour of this extraordinary event. It was now blazingly clear that his bird knowledge was markedly superior to my own: I was talking to a self-taught all-rounder, fully at home in the internet age, whose “subject” was quite simply all the birds of the world. 

We bumped into a couple of like-minded young connoisseurs, professionals from Duisburg Zoo. I realised I’d encountered what was, to me, a new kind of birdman with a very modern enthusiasm. So I asked Sander to introduce himself on our pages (see page 10), and I hope he’ll be sharing his pleasure and knowledge of exotic species from time to time in future issues.

Rob will be back next week.


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