In the September 26, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, we find out that dippers don’t merely dip, they plunge, walk and even fly under water. Bill Naylor guides us around the life of this most characterful of British songbirds, which demands special conditions if kept in captivity.

 

In news, we report on 1970 medals that have been unearthed by Stratford upon Avon CBS, and how the largest forest fire recorded in Europe could have disastrous consequences for Portugal’s population of Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata).

 

It’s a fortunate position to be in, but Donald Skinner-Reid has the tough choice of deciding which birds will stay and which will go. In the September 26 issue he explains how he makes the cut.

 

The anguish of anticipation, then the sheer joy of winning: Ady Lovack tells us what it’s been like to taste both those sensations.

 

While Mike Wood has had much show success over the years, for him, it is all about keeping active, while enjoying his birds and his hobby. Dave Brown visits his smart set-up.

 

Plus all of the usual news stories, features, columns and club news.