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  • When a fancier no longer fancies it

    When a fancier no longer fancies it

    21st June 2019

    Downside (above): the pressure to earn those winning rosettes can be stressful. Photo: Dave Brown It’s a free choice to give up birdkeeping, but it’s one that all too often the ex-fancier comes to regret. DAVE BROWN has some positive suggestions…

  • My early days with hummers

    My early days with hummers

    21st June 2019

    Green-crowned brilliant (above): the rich umber throat indicates that this is an immature bird, probably a male © Shutterstock.com/Ondrej Prosicky   These jewel-coloured flower-kissers captured the heart of the youthful GEOFF GRADWELL and he has remained smitten  Of all the…

  • A top-up goes a long way

    A top-up goes a long way

    21st June 2019

    Above: Jon tops up his youngsters when they need a hand, and also offers his show birds a treat or two to sustain them    If you see youngsters struggling in the birdroom, step in and help, says JON ASHBY…

  • The branch that can fly

    The branch that can fly

    21st June 2019

    Branching out (above): the tawny frogmouth’s ‘eyebrows’ seem to add to its resemblance to a dead snag © Shutterstock.com/Wright Out There Supreme in the art of camouflage, the tawny frogmouth is a favourite bird-park subject with a character to match…

  • Food fit for a honeyeater

    Food fit for a honeyeater

    15th May 2019

    Above: A male scarlet honeyeater forages high in the flowering trees. Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Silva Vaughan-Jones   So what does a scarlet honeyeater eat? The answer, says top Australian softbill man JOHN KEARNEY, is more complex than you might think. Continues…

  • The man who brought the Mehringer

    The man who brought the Mehringer

    15th May 2019

    Above: Nelson in his immaculate birdroom: ‘So far the Mehringer has proved very free-breeding’ Photo: Nelson Rato   Dave Brown talks to NELSON RATO, an accomplished Portuguese canary fancier who is now living in Scotland – and is championing an…

  • How can it be going so well?

    How can it be going so well?

    1st May 2019

    Above: Pleasing sideline: a 2019-bred black-faced silver mutation. Photo: Dave Brown   DAVE BROWN is reaping the benefits of changes made to his birdroom, with some one hundred zebbie chicks already ringed. It’s just a shame about all the DIY…

  • Ringing: why, when and how

    Ringing: why, when and how

    18th April 2019

    Above: Plastic split rings. Photo: Ivan Chapman/BCCC   Colour canary champion exhibitor IVAN CHAPMAN explains his approach to placing split rings on his young birds, and talks us through this process step by step. It doesn‘t need to be fiddly!…

  • Raptor wars

    Raptor wars

    13th April 2019

    Above: The victim: buzzards habitually use posts or poles as vantage points to watch for prey   For all the conservation successes, Britain’s raptors are still routinely persecuted – and this is a systematic campaign that isn’t dying out. GRAHAM…

  • So far, so good

    So far, so good

    12th April 2019

    Above: a lightback and normal still in the nest. The normal has a promising head   An unproblematic early breeding season isn’t at all what DAVE BROWN is used to, so he’s enjoying a relative deluge of chicks – while…