2017 Norfolk's Premier Foreign Bird Open Show 

"THE CHRIS ALLAWAY MEMORIAL SHOW"

40th Annual Open Show

Sunday 1st October 2017

Spixworth Village Hall

Crostwick Lane

Spixworth

Norwich

NR10 3NQ

 

Doors open to the public for the show from 2pm.

judging starts at 10am.

Judges: Robert Walvin - Foreign

Dave Wanless - Foreign

Gerald Masey - Zebra Finches

Dave Webster - Bengalese Finches

 

New - We will have a bird sale section.

Entry only £1.

Event finishes at 4pm.

 

Show schedules available from Nick Elliston



NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 2015 OPEN SHOW REPORT

2015 was another successful open show for Norfolk FBA with an entry of 262, maintaining its position as one of the largest all Foreign show in the UK. Several usual exhibitors could not make it this year otherwise the entry may well have exceeded 300. There are a number of people whose efforts are essential in ensuring the show runs smoothly, in fact without some of them shows would not survive. So first of all thanks to some of them. Brilliant work in the kitchens Kim and Emma in producing cooked lunches for about 20 people and to Jean Rudling for refreshments throughout the afternoon - you are all stars. Also kitchen thanks to Brian and Jean Rudling who provided bacon rolls plus tea and coffee in the morning to helpers and exhibitors. In the afternoon Brian also did sterling work in selling raffle tickets - going back repeatedly to people who had already bought some! Thanks also to club members who helped throughout the day to ensure that the show ran smoothly. The jobs are numerous and there are too many people to name.


Thanks also need to go to Morley Aviaries (known as Junglegold to many) for their cash sponsorship. And of course the judges for their hard work during the morning, Rick Crook, Bill Gregory and Denis Webster. Finally but not least, thanks to all the exhibitors, many of whom return each year. We could not continue without your continuing support. A new exhibitor this year was Nigel Goody who also picked up a special in the Parrotlike section.


As for the birds themselves, the Lovebird section was again excellent with many good exhibits and an entry of 42. Best in section went to Andy Morton with an Opaline Orangefaced Peach Faced which also won the award for best adult owner bred exhibit in show. Andy also won the award for third best with a Peach Faced whilst second best went to Chris Allaway with an Orange Faced Pied Peach Faced. All these birds were adults. The three best CYOB Lovebirds were all won by Andy Morton with a Lutino Peachfaced, normal Peach Faced and a Palid Opaline Peach faced respectively. He also won  best eye ring exhibit with a Fischers.


There was a small increase in entries in the Parrotlike section although only 11 were entered. there were some good exhibits though. The leading CYOB exhibit was Lineolated shown by Steven & John Fisher which was also judged to be second best Parrotlike overall. Second best CYOB, and third best Parrotlike was aMountain parakeet owned by Chris Allaway whilst Nigel Goody's Blue Lineolated was third. Best adult Parrotlike, and ultimately selected as best in show was an immaculate Cinnamon Green Celestial owned by Steven and John Fisher.

Entries in the Australian section were down on recent years but still good at 58, with 38 adult entries and 20 CYOB. The two leading CYOB exhibits were both shown by David Brown. In first place was a beautiful cock Cherry Finch with a Hecks Grassfinch second. Completing the CYOB specials was a Grey Hecks benched by Graham Lee. Adult Australians won all the overall Australian section specials. Best was a very good Diamond Firetail belonging to Graham Lee who also took third with a Pintailed Parrotfinch. Splitting these birds as second best was david Brown with a hen Cherry Finch.


There were 99 Seedeaters entered with 68 in the adult section and 31 in the CYOB. Included in the overall total of 99 was an outstanding entry of 50 Java Sparrows. Best Java Sparrow was a White owned by Graham Lee whilst best CYOB Java and third best CYOB seedeater overall was another White, this time belonging to Steven and John Fisher. The other colour wards for Javas went to Steve Downes for Normals and any other colour (Pastels), Brian and Jean Rudling for Silvers and David Brown for Fawns. The CYOB Seedeaters were led by Chris Allaway's Cinnamon Lightback Silverbill which was in outstanding condition. This entry also went on to become best Seedeater, best CYOB in show and second best in show. Second best CYOB seedeater went to Brian and Jean Rudling with a Green Singing Finch whilst the aforementioned White Java belonging to Steven and John Fisher was third. Second best seedeater and best adult went to Nick Elliston with a Black Cheeked Waxbill whilst second best adult and third best seedeater overall was won by Chris Allaway with a Ino Lightback Silverbill.

 There were few Softbills with the leading exhibit and third best in show going to Chris Allaway's Silky Starling.


Best junior foreign was the Lovebird shown by Colby School.


Due to the absence of a few exhibitors, Zebra Finch entries were lower than usual at 38.  Best Zebra and best champion adult was won by Brian and Jean Rudling with Fawns. The same exhibitors won all the champion and adult and breeder specials Second and third best adult awards were won by Black Cheeked and Chestnut Flanked Whites, whilst the breeder awards were won by two pairs of fawns and Chestnut Flanked Whites. Mr & Mrs P D Smith won all the novice awards with Grey Cheeked, Lightbacks and another pair of Grey Cheeks respectively. Best single champion went to Brian and Jean Rudling and best single novice to Mr & Mrs Smith.


Best Bengalese and champion went to David Brown whilst best novice went to Carol Lambert.  

 

 NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 2014 OPEN SHOW REPORT

 

2014 resulted in yet another successful open show for Norfolk FBA with an increased entry of 295, making it probably the largest all Foreign show in the UK. Absentees were small in number.

Behind the scenes that are a number of people whose efforts are essential in ensuring the show runs smoothly, in fact without some of them shows would not survive. So first of all thanks to some of them. Brilliant work in the kitchens from Dale Barber, Maureen Evans and Yvonne Sayers in producing cooked lunches for about 20 people as well as refreshments throughout the afternoon - you are all stars. Also kitchen thanks to Brian and Jean Rudling who provided bacon rolls plus tea and coffee in the morning to helpers and exhibitors. In the afternoon Brian also did sterling work in selling raffle tickets. Thanks also to club members who helped throughout the day to ensure that the show ran smoothly, there are too many to name.


Thanks also need to go to Morley Aviaries (known as Junglegold to many) for their cash sponsorship and to Van Der El for providing a sack of seed for the raffle. And of course the judges for their hard work during the morning, Tom Broderick and Dave Wanless who made the long journey from the North East and David Brown who made the somewhat shorter journey from Suffolk. Finally but not least, thanks to all the exhibitors, many of whom return each year. We could not continue without your continuing support. New exhibitors this year (although known to many club members beforehand) were Bill Gregory and Graham and Alex Lee. We  hope you enjoyed yourselves and will come back again next year.


As for the birds themselves, once again the Lovebird section provided some excellent exhibits with 42 entries. Best in section went to Andy Morton with a Lutino Peachfaced which also won the award for best owner bred exhibit in show. Andy also won all the other Lovebird awards with second best going to an Opaline Peachfaced  and a Normal Peachfaced being placed third. The two best CYOB Lovebirds were  won by a Peachfaced with a Pied Fischers being third. Andy Morton's Fischers was best eye ring exhibit.


The other Parrotlike section was poorly supported with Steven & John Fisher winning both adult and CYOB sections with Lineolated Parrakeets.


The Australian section had its largest ever entry of 93 with 57 entries in the adult section and 36 in the CYOB. The two leading exhibits were both CYOB entries. In first place was a beautiful Grey Hecks benched by Dave Harris. This bird also went on to become second best exhibit in show and best CYOB in show. In second place, and also third best exhibit in show was a very good pair of Cherry Finches owned by David Brown. In third place, and best Adult Australian was another Grey Hecks owned by Dave Harris. Second best adult was David Brown's Cherry Finch, and the same exhibitor also won third best adult with an Isabel Cherry Finch. Third best CYOB also went to an Isabel Cherry Finch owned by David Brown.


There were 98 Seedeaters entered with 65 in the adult section and 33 in the CYOB. Best Seedeater and best in show went to an excellent cock Olive Finch owned by Steven & John Fisher. In second place, and best CYOB seedeater was Nick Elliston's Peters Twinspot whilst third best again went to Steven & John Fisher with a Melba Finch. Behind the leading CYOB exhibit, second place went to Lisa Barnsdale with Silverbills whilst David Brown was third with a Green Singing Finch. There some good classes with the normal Silverbill class in particular having 15 entries. It was pleasing to see 33 Java Sparrows entered, Alex Lee winning best with a White whilst Brian & Jean Rudling's Silver was the best CYOB.


There were very few Softbills entered with the leading exhibit being Chris Allaway's Splendid Sunbird.


 Best junior foreign was the Lovebird shown by Colby School.


Zebra Finches totalled 41.  Best Zebra and best champion breeder was won by Gary Wincomb with Dilutes. Second best champion breeder was Fawn's staged by Brian & Jean Rudling whilst Gary Wincomb was third with Chestnut Flanked Whites. All the champion adult awards were won by Gary Wincomb with two pairs of Dilutes and a pair of Chestnut Flanked Whites. Best novice, and best novice adult went to Lisa Barnsdale  with Dilutes whilst David Lugo was second with Chestnut Flanked Whites. In third place was Mr & Mrs Smith with Dilutes. Best novice breeder was won by David Lugo with Chestnut Flanked Whites beating Mr & Mrs Smith. Best single champion went to Gary Wincomb and best single novice to Mr & Mrs Smith.


Best Bengalese and champion  went G & L Lockington whilst best novice went to Dale Barber. 

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 2013 OPEN SHOW

 

This years open show was a great success and received its best entry for several years at 274. Most sections received higher entries although the Parrotlike section was disappointing. Thanks must go to the judges, Terry Sayers and Brian Gibbs for the foreign birds, and Gerald Massey for Zebra Finches and Bengalese.

A show is not successful without the members who run it. So, thanks to all the members who helped in whatever way whether it was erecting staging, sitting at the door or stewarding. Special thanks to all who helped provide the catering. We cannot of course forget the exhibitors and thanks to all of them. We hope you enjoyed the show and will return in future years.

The Lovebird section has probably been the strongest section of the show in the past few years, not necessarily in numbers but in quality. This year was no exception with the 38 entries split equally between adult and current year bred. This year the leading exhibits were all adult birds. Best Lovebird, best adult Lovebird and second best in show was the normal Peach Faced owned by Andy Morton. Second best and best eye-ring was also owned by the same exhibitor, a Lutino Fischers which had also been successful on the show bench earlier this season. In third place was David Watlow's Orange faced Peach Faced. The best current year bred Lovebird was Andy Morton's Lutino Peach Faced which was second best current year bred in show, and he also staged the third best with a Blue Peach Faced. David Watlow split these two exhibits with his second best Cinnamon Peach Faced.

The Parrotlike section was poorly supported with only 7 entries. The leading exhibit, a Goldies Lorikeet owned by Robert Walvin, was very good though. The other section awards all went to Carol Lambert with a Bourkes Parakeet and a Senegal Parrot.

The Seedeater section had its best entry for 6 years.  The trend towards more current year bred continued with 27 entries out of a section entry of 79. There were several strong classes amongst the adult entry, with the award for best, and second best seedeater, going to Nick Elliston with a cock Gold Breast Waxbill. Pushing this exhibit hard were David Lugo and David Brown who staged second and third best with a cock Blue Capped Waxbill and a Normal Java Sparrow respectively. The Blue Cap also won the award for best adult owner bred in show. The best seedeater came from the current year bred section, a lovely Pastel Silverbill owned by Steven & John Fisher. This exhibit went to become third best in show and best current year bred in show. Steve Downes owned the second and third best current year bred entries, a White Java and normal Java respectively. The White Java also won the best Java in show award.

In the Australian section of 64 entries, the award for best adult and best in section went to Steven & John Fisher with a Yellow Fawn Diamond Firetail. This bird then went on to win the best in show award. Second best adult went to Lisa Barnsdale  with a pair of Cherry Finches, also second best adult owner bred in show, whilst David Brown was third with a Hecks Grassfinch. The leading current year bred exhibit was a Parson Finch owned by David Lugo whilst Lisa Barnsdale took the awards for second and third best with a pair of Star Finches and a Hecks Grassfinch respectively.

Whilst small in number, the Softbill section contained some nice exhibits. Leading exhibit was Robert Walvin's Moustached Laughing Thrush, and he also won third best with a Royal Starling. In second place was the Splendid Sunbird owned by Chris Allaway. Best current year bred also went to Robert Walvin with a Schallows Touraco. 

The best Junior Foreign award went to Colby School with a Cockatiel.

The Zebra Finch entry was well up on last year at 60. Best Champion Adult was won by Gary Wincomb with Chestnut Flanked White, and he also took the award for second best champion adult with Dilutes. In third place was Denis Webster with Penguins.

In the Champion Breeder section the award for best and best Zebra Finch in show went to Gary Wincomb with Chestnut Flanked Whites. He also took the award for second best, again with Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst Denis Webster was third with Dilutes.

Best and third best novice adults went to P Smith with Black Cheeked whilst Lisa Barnsdale took second place with Chestnut Flanked Whites. Best and second novice breeder also went to P Smith with Black Cheeked and Dilutes respectively, and David Lugo was third with Chestnut Flanked Whites.

The other colour awards went to David Brown for Normals and Whites, and Brian & Jean Rudling for Fawns.

Best champion single went to Gary Wincomb and best single novice to P Smith.

In a small Bengalese section, the Champion award went to David brown and the Novice award to Brian & Jean Rudling.      

 

 

 

 

 Above, Gary Winchcomb trophy winner being presented by Club President Geoff Smith.

Another trophy winner; Dave Brown being presented by club President Geoff Smith. 

Andy Morton, shield winner with club president Geoff Smith. Club chairman Dave Woodhouse on stage in background. 

Dave Brown with the best Australian finch exhibit with a Hecks Grassfinch. 

Dave Brown with his champion normal Zebra Finches. 

Champion Zebra Finches - Dave Brown, normals.

Novice Zebra Finches - Gary Winchcomb, chestnut flanked whites.

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION – 2012 OPEN SHOW

 

This years open show attracted 195 entries which was down on recent years, but quite good considering a few usual exhibitors were unable to enter. Lisa Barnsdale and Gary Wincomb judged the Foreign section whilst David Paine placed the Zebra Finches and Bengalese awards.

 

The Lovebird section contained 38 entries fairly evenly split between adult and current year bred. Overall quality in this section was outstanding, and better than any other foreign section. The A&J Morton partnership took the leading award in the adult section with a Normal Peachfaced which was eventually selected as best in show. This is the second time in three years that this species has won best in show. Second and third best adult Lovebirds were also Peachfaced belonging to D Watlow and the Morton partnership respectively. Best and second best current year bred both went to the Morton partnership and third best exhibit went to D Watlow. All these award winners were Peachfaced with the leading exhibit also being judged best current year bred in show. Best eyering Lovebird was D Watlow’s Masked.

 

The other Parrotlike section was poorly supported with 11 entries. Best in section and best adult went to R Walvin with a Perfect Lorikeet. B Sheldrake won the awards for second and third best adult with a Lineolated and Plumhead respectively. C Lambert took the award for best current year bred with B Sheldrake second, both exhibits being Lineolated.

 

Australian Finches numbered 51 with some good quality exhibits on show. Best adult was a Hecks Grassfinch owned by D Brown whilst J Mitchell’s Diamond Firetail was second best and M Howlett third with a Parson Finch. The Hecks was also second best adult owner bred in show. The current year bred section was headed by a Parson Finch benched by J Boulton who also took third best with a Fawn Parson Finch. D Brown staged second best current year bred with a Cherry Finch.

 

Other seedeaters numbered 45. Best adult was a cock Yellow Throated Cutthroat owned by N Elliston. This bird was also selected as best seedeater in show, best adult owner bred and third best exhibit. The same owner also benched the second best adult, this time a normal cock Cutthroat. Third best adult went to B&J Rudling with a Silver Java Sparrow. Best current year bred went to C Allaway with a Chocolate Silverbill whilst second and third best went to D Brown with a Fawn Java Sparrow and White Java Sparrow respectively. Only one waxbill was benched, a sign of the times unfortunately.

As expected,

 

Softbill numbers were down again with 12 exhibits, a trend that is likely to continue. C Allaway won the award for best with a Scarlet Chested Sunbird that was also judged second best in show. Second best went to R Walvin with a Moustached Thrush with C Allaway taking third with a Touraco. There were no current year bred softbills entries.

 

Colby School entered the best Junior exhibit with a Cockatiel.

 

Zebra Finch entries were down numbering 28. Best champion adult went to D Brown with Normals whilst B & J Rudling were second and third with Fawns and Grey Cheeks. Best champion breeder also went to D Brown with Pied, and he also won second best with Whites. B&J Rudling were third with Normals The novice awards were all won by G Wincomb with all the section winners being Chestnut Flanked Whites. The leading novice adult exhibit was also selected as best Zebra Finch.

 

Best Bengalese and best champion was won by G & L Lockington whilst C Lambert staged best novice.

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION – 2011 OPEN SHOW

This years open show attracted 228 entries which was down on recent years, but quite good considering  a few usual exhibitors were unable to enter. Andrew Howlett was judge for the Lovebirds and Australian, Robert Walvin judged other Seedeaters, other Parrotlike, Softbills and Junior whilst Denis Webster placed the Zebra Finches and Bengalese awards. 

The Lovebird section contained 42 entries evenly split between adult and current year bred. Overall quality in this section was excellent and better than in any other section. D Watlow took the two leading awards in the adult section with a Masked and a Lutino Peach Faced. The Masked was also awarded best adult owner bred exhibit. Third best adult was a Black Cheeked owned by AK & JS Morton. Best current year bred, best Lovebird and third best exhibit was D Watlow’s normal Peach Faced. The Morton partnership took awards for both second and third best current year bred with an Orange Faced Cinnamon Peach faced and normal Peach faced respectively.

The other Parrotlike section was not as well supported as in recent years with 13 entries. B Sheldrake won almost all the awards taking all three adult places with a cock Plumhead, Blue Linoelated and hen Ringneck respectively. The Plumhead was also best Parrotlike and second best adult owner bred in show. B Sheldrake also won best and second best current year bred with a Yellow Sided Conure and Lutino Lineolated whilst M Staff’s Bourkes was third.

 

Australian Finches numbered 54 with some good quality on show. Best adult was the Black Headed Gouldian owned by J Mitchell whilst L Barnsdale was second and third with pairs of Cherry Finches and Hecks Grassfinches. The current year bred section was headed by a Fawn Parson Finch benched by J Boulton. This exhibit was also best Australian Finch and went on to become second best in show. L Barnsdale also staged second and third best current year bred with Hecks Grassfinches and Cherry Finches.

 

Other seedeaters numbered 64. Best adult was an African Silverbill owned by S Fisher. He also benched second and third best adult with a Chocolate Silverbill and cock Green Singing Finch. Even greater success followed for this exhibitor when we won the award for best current year bred with a Moluccan Mannikin. This exhibit went on to win the award for best seedeater, best current year and best in show. Second and third best current year bred went to D Lugo with a hen Blue capped Waxbill and L Barnsdale with an African Silverbill.

 

As expected, Softbill numbers were down again, a trend that is likely to continue. C Allaway won all the awards with a White Cheeked Touraco, Grey Backed Thrush and Spreo Starling. There were no current year bred Softbill entries.

Colby School entered the best Junior exhibit with a Java Sparrow.

Zebra Finch entries were down. B & J Rudling won all the champion awards. In the adult section these went to Chestnut Flanked Whites followed by two pairs of Fawns, and in the  breeder section the two best were Fawns with Grey Cheeked being third. The novice adult section was headed by G Wincomb’s Chestnut Flanked Whites which were also best novice exhibit and best Zebra Finch. Another Chestnut Flanked White entry was also second best novice adult for G Wincomb whilst D Lugo was third with Lightbacks. Best and second best novice breeder awards also went to G Wincomb, both being Chestnut Flanked Whites. Third best novice breeder was won by P & D Smith with Lightbacks. Best single adult was won by B & J Rudling whilst best single novice went to P & D Smith.

Best Bengalese and best champion was won by G & L Lockington whilst D Williamson staged best novice.        

Secretary Jackie Staff presenting Trophy and medal to GARY WINCHCOMB for the Best Current year bred with his painted Finches in the Australian section and Best Novice Adult and breeder award for his Zebra finches.  

Club Secretary Jackie Staff presenting LISA BARNSDALE with her cup and medal for second best in show and best CYOB in show with her African Chocolate Silverbills.   

BERNARD HOWLETT preparing to judge the Foreign Section talking to DENNIS WEBSTER who is on the right.

DAVID WATLOW being presented Best in Show award by club secretary Jackie Staff for his superb Lovebird exhibit. 

 GERALD MASSEY, Judging the Zebra and Bengalese Finches.

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION – 2010 OPEN SHOW REPORT

 

This years entry was 289 which was the highest for 4 years and makes it probably the largest all Foreign show in the UK. The judges were Rick Crook and Bernard Howlett for the Foreign section and Gerald Massey for Zebra finch and Bengalese.

 

The Lovebird section had its largest entry for several years totalling 40. This entry was split equally between adult and current year bred. Overall quality was exceptional, probably the best the show has ever had, with many quality birds not managing to win a special. The leading exhibit, best exhibit in show and best adult owner bred in show was an immaculate normal Peach Faced Lovebird owned by David Watlow. Somewhat appropriately, this was the first bird in the catalogue – class 1 entry number 1. The same exhibitor also staged the second best in section, a Cinnamon Peach Faced which was second best adult owner bred in show. In third place, and best current year bred in section was the Opaline Peach faced benched by the AK & JS Morton partnership. This bird was also second best current year bred exhibit in show. Second best current year bred in section was another David Watlow entry, this time a Lutino Peach Faced.

 

The Parrotlike section had an entry of 21 which was on a par with recent years. Most of the entries were adult birds, and leading the section was a very steady Grey Green Ringneck owned by Barry Eagle. This bird then went on to win the award for third best in show. In second place, and best current year bred in section was a Lineolated Parakeet belonging to Brian Sheldrake. This bird also won the award for third best current year bred in show. Third best Parrotlike also went to Brian Sheldrake with another Lineolated. Second best current year bred went to Martin Staff with a Pied Kakariki.

 

Seedeaters excluding Australian totalled 77 of which 20 were current year bred. Leading exhibit and best current year bred in section, second best in show and best current year bred in show went to a pair of very good Chocolate African Silverbills owned by Lisa Barnsdale. Second best seedeater and also second best current year bred in section was a normal African Silverbill benched by G & L Lockington. Third best seedeater was another African Chocolate Silverbill owned by David Brown. Third best current year bred was Steven Fisher’s Black and White Mannikin.

 

The entry in the Australian section was the highest for several years at 77. The two leading exhibits were both current year bred entries. In first place were the pair of Cherry Finches owned by David Brown whilst in second place was a Star Finch belonging to Mick Howlett, one of several good Star Finches that he exhibited. Another of these won the award for best adult Australian and third best in section. Second and third best adult Australian went to David Brown and Gary Wincomb with Hecks Grassfinch and Painted Finch respectively. The final current year bred award went to Gary Wincomb with another Painted Finch.

Softbill numbers were disappointing. Nick Elliston won the award for best in section with a Kikuyu Zosterop whilst Chris Allaway took second and third with a Splendid Sunbird and Scimitar Babbler. There were no current year bred entries in this section.

 

There were over 50 Zebra Finches entries. Leading exhibit, and best novice went to Gary Wincomb with Chestnut Flanked Whites. In the champion section, best and second best adult went to B & J Rudling with Fawns whilst David Brown took third best with Normals. The same exhibitors also won the champion breeder awards. B & J Rudling were first and third with Fawns whilst David Brown was second with Normals. Gary Wincomb won both the novice adult and breeder awards with Chestnut Flanked Whites and also took second best novice adult and breeder awards with Normals. Third best novice adult went to D Eagle’s Fawns. In the single bird classes Dennis Webster won best single champion and D Eagle best single novice.

 

Although higher than in recent years, Bengalese entries were still disappointing. Best champion exhibit was G& L Lockington’s Self Chestnut whilst best novice was B & J Rudling’s Chocolate and White.

 

Colby School won the best junior award with a Cockatiel.   

 

 NORFOLK FBA 2009 OPEN SHOW REPORT

This year's open show entry of 275 was the same as last year. Considering that a few regular exhibitors were absent this was a good entry.

The parrot-like section had 45 entries. The leading exhibit was David Watlow's very good peach-faced lovebird. This bird went on to become third best exhibit in show and second best adult-owner-bred in show. Second best in section was Barry Eagle's ringneck and third was another David Watlow's lovebird, a lutino peach-faced. A pied peach-faced lovebird won the award for best current-year-bred parrot-like for Kieron Eagle, and David Watlow's peach faced lovebird. Best normal lovebird was David Watlow's peach-faced while Andy Morton's black cheeked was best rare lovebird.

The Australian section contained over 50 entries and was completely dominated by David Brown, who won all the specials in both adult and current- year-bred sections. Best Australian, third best Australian and both best and second best current-year-bred entry in section were all cherry finches, with the leading exhibit being a current-year-bred entry. Second best Australian and leading adult entry was his chestnut-breasted munias.

The section for other seedeaters contained 75 entries, of which 30 were current-year-bred. Quality was high with some very good exhibits failing to make the specials list. leading exhibit was Tracey Dye's excellent cordon bleu cock, which went on to become second best exhibit in show and best adult-owner -bred in show. Second best seedeater and best current-year-bred seedeater was Ray Smith's normal African Silverbill while David Brown's chocolate silverbill was third best seedeater and second best current-year-bred seedeater. Third best current year bred seedeater was Neil Prentice's green singing finch cock.  The best Java Sparrow was a fawn owned by B & J Rudling.

All the adult bird awards in the Softbill section of 26 entries were won by Chris Allaway. In first place, and also best exhibit in show, was his excellent green-crested touraco. In second place was a very good hildebrant's starling, with his splendid sunbird cock third. A pair of glossy starlings was best current -year-bred exhibit for Ray Holland.

The best junior foreign entry was a cockatiel entered by Colby School.

There were over 60 entries in the Zebra finch section. Best in section and best champion breeder exhibit was David Brown's whites. Second and third best champion breeder exhibits were B & J Rudling's fawns and Denis Webster's chestnut-flanked whites. Best champion adult was Dennis Webster's dilutes . he also won the award for third best champion adult with penquins while B & J Rudling were second with fawns.

Leading novice entry and novice adult was the fawns belonging to Mr & Mrs P Smith with chested-flanked whites, dilutes and fawns respectively.

Best single bird was won by B and J Rudling. Best colour awards were won by Mr & Mrs P Smith for normal and non-standard variety, B & J Rudling for fawn, chestnut-flanked whites and other standards variety, Dennis Webster for penguin and dilute, and David brown for white and pied.

bengalese entries were disappointing with best entered by David Brown.

 

 

 

From left: Club President, Alan Lambert. Club Chairman, Chris Allaway. Show Secretary, Jackie Staff.

The above two pictures are an overvieew of the 2009 open Show. 

Best Australian, won by Dave Brown 

Above is Dave Brown recieving trophies for Best Zebra and Best Australian Finch from Club President Alan Lambert.

NORFOLK FBA 2008 OPEN SHOW REPORT

 

This years entry showed an increase over 2007 at 279, and most entries were benched. The Foreign section was judged by Keith Garrett and Graham Lockington, whilst the Zebra Finch and Bengalese section was judged by Gerald Massey. 

 

The Parrotlike section had 39 entries with the leading exhibit being S&J.Fisher's fine Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot. This exhibit went on to receive the award for best Foreign in show. Second best Parrotlike was B.Eagle's Ringneck whilst a Pied Peach Faced Lovebird was third best for K.Eagle. The Peach faced also won the award for best current year bred parrotlike whilst second was a Linoelated owned by B.Sheldrake.

 

The Australian section contained 50 entries, with the quality being good. The leading exhibit was also the best current year bred entry, a pair of Bicheno's of very good colour owned by G.Wincomb. Second best in section was another current year bred entry benched by G.Wincomb, this time a hen Painted Finch. Completing the current year bred awards in third place was a Hecks Grassfinch owned by L.Barnsdale. Leading adult Australian and third best Australian overall was a Hecks Grassfinch owned by D.Brown. The same exhibitor also staged the second best adult Australian, another Hecks Grassfinch, whilst L.Barnsdale's Gouldian was third best adult. 

 

The section for other seedeaters contained 95 entries. Quality was high with some very good exhibits failing to make the specials list. Leading exhibit was S&J.Fisher's Phao Mexican Housefinch which managed to dry itself off from it's early morning bath before judging. Second best was another S&J.Fisher entry, this time an African Silverbill. In third place, leading current year bred seedeater and best current bred Foreign was a pair of Chocolate Silverbills benched by L.Barnsdale. The other current year bred specials winners were a cock Green Singing Finch owned by N.Prentice in second place and a white African Silverbill which was third for S&J.Fishher. the current year bred entries totalled 29 which was very pleasing. Best Java Sparrow was a Silver belonging to Steve Downes.

 

The awards in the Softbill section were all won by C.Allaway. In first place, and second best exhibit in show, was a Green Creasted Touraco. In second place was a very good Chestnut Backed Thrust whilst a Royal Starling was third. The leading nectarfeeder was the same exhibitors Streaky Spiderhunter.

 

The best junior foreign was by Colby School.

 

There were over 60 entries in the Zebra Finch section. Best in section and best champion adult was B&J.Rudling's Fawns. The exhibitor won the award for second best champion adult with Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst D.Webster was third with Penguins which also picked up the best Penguin colour award. B&J.Rudling also won the award for best champion breeder with Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst D.Webster exhibits were second and third being Dilutes and Penguins respectively.

 

Leading novice adult entry was the Normals belonging to G.Wincomb which also won the best Normal colour award. Mr&MrsP.Smith were second and third with Fawns and Dilutes, the latter also winning the colour award. G.Wincomb also won the awards for best and second best novice breeder, both exhibits being Chestnut Flanked Whites with Mr&MrsP.Smith in third place with Dilutes.

 

 Best Pieds and best Whites were both entered by Brown & Harris. Best single bird champion was benched by B&J.Rudling whilst D.Eagle staged the best single novice. Bengalese entries were disappointing with best entered by L.Barnsdale.

 

Chris with best Foreign Bird at the 2007 South East Ipswich CBS 

NORFOLK FBA - 2007 OPEN SHOW REPORT

This years open show received an entry of 250 which was down on previous years. The foreign sections were judged by Terry Sayers and Phil Smith whilst Zebra & Bengalese were judged by David Brown.

 

The Parrotlike entry was well down on previous years with only junior entries in the lovebird classes. Best in section was a RingnecK Parakeet owned by Brian Sheldrake with a Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot being second for S&J.Fisher. In third place was a very good Lutino Peachfaced Lovebird benched by Keiron Eagle, a junior entry. The two leading current year bred entries were both owned by Brian Sheldrake, with his Bourkes Parakeet first and Linolated Parakeet second.

 

The seedeater section had an entry of over 80, with the common section containing some excellent exhibits. Particulary pleasing was the current year bred common classes totalling 25 entries. Best common seedeater, and best seedeater in show was a cock Green Singing Finch entered by David Brown. This exhibit was singing throughout judging and headed a very good class. Second best common seedeater also came from this class, another Green Singing Finch owned by S&J.Fisher, this time a hen. Third best common were Chocolate Silverbills staged by Lisa Barnsdale. This entry was also best current year bred common. The same exhibitor also took the award for second best current year bred with another Silverbill entry. Other good common seedeater entries, in no particular order, were Neil Prentice's Green Singing Finch, David Brown's Silver Java Sparrow and B&J.Rudling's Blue Capped Waxbill.   

 

All leading rare seedeaters  awards were won by S&J.Fisher. Their Mexican House Finch won the section with a Red Headed Finch second and aYellow Winged Pytilla third. the Red headed Finch was also best current year bred rare with seond best current year bred also being a Red Headed Finch, this one owned by Nick Elliston.

 

Over 50 Australian Finches were entered with the overall quality being high. Best in section went to a very good Painted Finch benched by Gary Wincomb. In second place, leading current year bred Australian and best current year bred in show was David Brown's Cherry Finch whilst third best was David Lugo's Parson Finch. Second best adult Australian was a Gouldian owned by D&H.Harris with another David Brown Cherry Finch being third. Behind the leading current year bred entry was a Bicheno Finch and a Cherry finch owned by Gary Wincomb and David Brown respectively.

 

The softbill and nector classes contained some outstanding exhibits. best nectarfeeder and best exhibit in show was the outstanding Streaky Spiderhunter owned by Chris Allaway. He took the award for second best nectarfeeder with a Scarlet Chested Sunbird. Best softbill also went to Chris Allaway with an Azure Tanager. This bird was near to it's best and far from best in show. Second best softbill went to J&D.Mullarky with a Paradise Tanager, with the same partnership taking the award for third best with an excellent Kikuyu Zosterop. Best current year bred went to Nick Elliston witha Kikuyu Zosterop.

 

There was strong competition inthe Zebra Finch section, Best exhibit, best novice and best novice adult went to Gary Wincomb with Chestnut Flanked Whites. B&J.Rudling had a field day in the champion section winning all the main awards. They took first, second and third in the Champion adult section with Chestnut Flanked Whites and two Fawns exhibits, and in the champion breeder section first, second and third with two Chestnut Flanked White entries and Fawns. The leading Chestnut Flanked White breeder was also best Champion exhibit.

 

Behind the Zebra exhibit in the novice adult section were two entries by D.Eagle with Normals and Chestnut Flanked Whites. Gary Wincomb also won the novice breeder section with Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst Mr&Mrs P.Smith were second and third with fawn and Dilutes. Other colour winners not mentioned above were Dennis Webster in Penguin classes and David Lugo in the AOSV section.

 

 The poor Bengalese section was won by Lisa Barnsdale. The two leading junior entries were both lovebirds owned by Kieran Eagle.  

 

2006 and Chris wins Best bird in the show at South East Ipswich CBS with his superb AZURE TANAGER 

Photographs are courtesy of South east Ipswich CBS, Many thanks.

 NORFOLK FBA 2006 OPEN SHOW REPORT

 

This year's Open Show received an entry of just over 300 which was the same number as last year. The Foreign awards were placed by Roger Green and Andrew Howlett whilst Gerald Massey judged the Zebra and Bengalese sections.

 

The entry in the Parrotlike section was 36 which was lower than recent years. the leading entry was B.Sheldrake's Ringneck, with Mr & Mrs Tugman's Crimson Wing second and S & P Fisher Vernal hanging Parrot in third place. The quality in the current year bred classes was not up to the standard of the adult classes, but B.Sheldrake owned both leading exhibits with a Lineolated Parakeet and a Bourkes. The Lovebird section contained some good quality exhibits and was won by D.Watlow with a Lutino Peachfaced. This was also a current year bred exhibit and went on to be judged third best in current year bred show. D.Watlow also staged best normal Lovebird with a Peachfaced and best eye-ringed with a Masked.

 

There were 50 common seedeaters with good quality and some very good classes. The three leading current year bred exhibits all came from a strong class of 15. The first two were both African Silverbills owned by L.Barnsdale whilst D.Brown was third with a fawn Java. The leading current year bred exhibit was also judged best Common Seedeater, second best seedeater and went on to become best current year exhibet in show. In the overall common Seedeater section, an Orange cheeked Waxbill benched by C&S.Allaway was second behind Silverbills whilst another African Silverbill exhibet was third for S&P.Fisher.

 

The number of entries in the Rare Seedeater section was lower than recent years. there were only two current year bred entries, but the leading one was judged best rare Seedeater. This was a Red Headed Finch owned by S&P.Fisher. Second and third best in section were a Golden Breasted Bunting owned by Mr&Mrs.Tugman and B&J.Rudling Hybrid. The last mentioned attracted a lot of attention with a competition to guess the parentage. despite many years combined experience from a number exhibets present, nobody guessed correctly ay Five Coloured Munia x Palid Munia.

As usual, the quality of the 60 exhibits in the Australian section were high. The leading current year bred exhibit was a Cherry Finch owned by D.Brown. This exhibit was also second best Australian, third best seedeater in show and second best current year bred exhibit in show. The other two current year bred awards went to G.Wincomb's Bicheno Finch and a pair of Chestnut Breasted Finches also owned by D.Brown. The leading current year bred exhibit was pipped for best Australian Finch by an excellent Bicheno Finch owned by G.Wincomb which went on to become best seedeater and third best exhibit in show. Third best Australian was a Black Headed Gouldian for D&H.Harris.

 

The softbill section was very strong and contained the best exhibit in show, a lovely Azure Tanager owned by C&S.Allaway with even colour and in outstanding condition. This partnership won the other softbill awards with a Green Cheeked Touraco and a Royal Starling. Unfortunately there were no current year bred softbills entered. All the leading nectar feeders came from the same class. First was an excellent Black Headed Sugarbird owned by C&S.Allaway which went on to become second best in show. Second was another C&S.Allaway exhibit, a Streaky Spiderhunter whilst a Purple Sugarbird was third for Mr&Mrs.Tugman.

 

The best junior exhibit was a very nice Green Singing Finch owned by Miss S.Warelow. Mst K.Eagle staged some nice Lovebirds, The best of which was second best junior and best CYOB Junior.  

 

The number of Zebra Finches entered was down on previous years. The best champion exhibit, and best Zebra Finches were adult Fawns owned by B&J.Rudling. Second and third best champion adult both belonged to J.Moss with a Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. The champion breeders were led by J.Moss's Fawns, and he also took the second best award for normals. Third place was taken by B&J.Rudlings Chestnut Flanked Whites.

Colour awards went to D.Brown for Pied & White, D.Webster for Dilute and Penguin. Best Junior Zebra Finch went to Mst D.Eagle with Fawns.

 

Bengalese entries were low and C.Simpson won the award for best novice with Variegated Dilutes. Best champion were the Self Chestnut's of D.Brown whilst Mst D.Eagle staged the best junior.

 

All show reports written by Nick Elliston and submitted to C&A Birds. Thanks Nick.

 

Chris with his second best in the show with his SPIDER HUNTER at the South East Ipswich CBS 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION – 2005 OPEN SHOW REPORT

 

This year’s Norfolk FBA Open Show attracted over 300 entries, and as usual quality amongst the best exhibits was very high. The Australian section was judged by M Underwood, the other Foreign sections by R Langley and R Walvin, and the Zebra and Bengalese sections by D Brown.

 

D Watlow won all the Lovebird awards. Best Lovebird was his well coloured Orange Peachfaced whilst the leading current year bred and second best Lovebird was a normal Peachfaced.

 

The section for other Parrotlike contained 25 entries which were led by a very good Swift Parakeet owned by S & P Fisher. Second best in section also came from the S & P Fisher partnership, this time with a Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot. Third best was the leading current year bred entry, a Lineolated Parrotlet benched by B Sheldrake. The other current year awards were all staged by B Sheldrake, and all were Lineolated.

 

There were nearly 50 Common Seedeaters entered, and quality was very high and a number of good entries failed to win section awards due to the strong competition. Leading the section, best current year bred seedeater and third best exhibit in show was an excellent African Silverbill belonging to S & P Fisher. This bird was remarkably steady with good feather quality. It was also judged as best current year bred foreign exhibit. In second place was another very good exhibit, a Fawn Java Sparrow owned by D Brown. In third place was another D Brown exhibit, this time a cock Green Singing Finch. The current year bred section was very well supported, and following the leading exhibit were two other D Brown entries, a Fawn Java Sparrow and a Green Singing Finch.

 

Although the number of Rare Seedeaters entered was not as high as recent years, quality was good. Best in section was a cock Mexican House Finch staged by S & P Fisher. Second best, and leading current year bred Rare Seedeater was a pair of Red Faced Pytilla owned by P & E Prosser. Third best was the Grey Headed Oliveback belonging to Mr & Mrs Tugman.

 

There were over 70 entries in the Australian section, which included some excellent exhibits. Leading the way, best adult Australian and second best foreign bird in show was an immaculate Bamboo Parrot Finch owned by G Wincomb. Second best, and leading current year bred exhibit were a very good pair of Hecks Grassfinches belonging to L Barnsdale. Third best Australian, and second best adult was an orange headed Red Headed Parrot Finch with excellent feather quality staged by P & E Prosser. Third best adult was G Wincomb’s Bicheno. The same exhibitor also won the awards for second and third best current year bred Australian with a Bicheno and Black Headed Gouldian respectively.

 

Entries in the softbill and nectarfeeder section exceeded 40 and contained a wide variety of species. The best nectarfeeder and best exhibit in show was an outstanding Streaky Spiderhunter owned by C & S Allaway. This was a popular win for one of the clubs stalwarts. Mr & Mrs Tugman took the awards for second and third best nectarfeeder with a Splendid Sunbird and Scarlet Chested Sunbird. Leading softbill was C & S Allaway’s Touraco which drew a lot of attention from visitors with its friendly nature. Two Tanagers were second and third in the section, an Opal Rumped and Blue Necked both belonging to N Elliston. The only current year bred entry was a Kikuyu Zosterop owned by N Elliston.

 

Leading Junior exhibit were a nice pair of Bengalese owned by D Eagle whilst his brother staged the second best with a Peach Faced Lovebird.

 

Zebra Finch entries were down this year, but despite this there were some good quality birds. Best champion adult were Fawns owned by Mr & Mrs Rudling. Second and third best champion adult were Normals belonging to J Moss and Penguins benched by D Webster. Best champion breeder, best champion and best Zebra exhibit were the Chestnut Flanked Whites belonging to J Moss. Second and third best champion breeder were the Fawns of Mr & Mrs Rudling and another pair of Chestnut Flanked Whites owned by J Moss. The novice section was dominated by Mr & Mrs Shortland. In the novice adult section they took all three awards with two Normal exhibits and Chestnut Flanked Whites. They also won best and third best novice breeder with Normals and Chestnut Flanked Whites. The leading novice breeder entry was also best novice Zebra. P Smith took second best novice breeder with Chestnut Flanked Whites. P Smith staged the best Dilute.

 

P & E Prosser won the champion Bengalese awards. Best adult were their Self Chocolate whilst their Chestnut & White were best breeder and best Bengalese. The best novice exhibit was D Webster’s Self Chocolate.

 

 

 

2004 Norfolk FBA Open Show – 25 September

 

Following a year’s break as a result of the virus affecting parrotlike birds, the Norfolk FBA open show resumed to great support and a good entry of 320. Overall quality was very good, and judges M Baldwin, B & A Howlett and G Wincomb had quality birds to consider. The common seedeater section was very good, with an excellent Java Sparrow entry and high quality current year bred entries, and there were also excellent softbills and nectarfeeders.

 

There was an entry of over 50 parrotlike. D Watlow won all the Lovebird specials, with both leading exhibits being current year bred. First place went to his Cinnamon Peachfaced with a Normal Peachfaced in second place. The leading adult bird was his Normal Peachfaced and this was also third best Lovebird, and third best current year bred was a Lutino Peachfaced.

 

The award for best parrotlike went to S & P Fisher with their Vernals Hanging Parrot. B Sheldrake staged the second and third best parrotlike with a Ringneck and Lineolated Parakeet respectively. The same exhibitors also won the same awards in the current year bred section, S & P Fisher with another Vernals and B Sheldrake with two different Lineolated.

 

Leading a good entry of common seedeaters were an outstanding pair of current year bred Chocolate Silverbills belonging to L Barnsdale. This entry also took the award for best seedeater in show and second best foreign exhibit. Second best was common was a good sized and bold Redbilled Firefinch with in third place a normal Java Sparrow. Both were owned by C & S Allaway. Second and third best current year bred were the Blue Capped Waxbill of D & H Harris and S & P Fisher’s Rufous Backed Mannikin. Such was the quality of the common seedeater section that there were some excellent entries that did not make it to the specials list, notably C & S Allaway’s Green Singing Finch and B Rudling’s St Helena Waxbill plus several fine Java Sparrows.

 

Overall quality in the rare seedeaters was not quite as high as in the common seedeaters although the leading exhibits were very good. The two outstanding entries were the Grey Capped Social Weaver owned by D & J Robinson and the Mexican Housefinch belonging to S & P Fisher. The vote for best rare went to the former, with C & S Allaway coming third with a Black Cheeked Waxbill. The only current year bred entry was the Violet Eared Waxbill of D & H Harris.

 

The Australian section totalled nearly 50 exhibits, with the best Australian coming from the current year bred entries. This was L Barnsdale’s Hecks Grassfinch. The same species also took the second best Australian award for D Willmott, and this bird was also best adult Australian.  L Barnsdale also took the award for third best Australian with a Parson Finch. Following the leading current year bred entry was the Crimson Finch of D & H Harris in second place whilst S & P Fisher were third with a Blue Faced Parrotfinch. There were some good Cherry Finches whilst Gouldian numbers were small, and L Barnsdale’s well matched pair of Chestnut Breasted Finches were also worthy of note.

 

There were 15 sunbirds benched with the Amethyst of T Tugman coming first closely followed by D & J Robinson’s Copper. The leading nectarfeeder however came from the sugarbird class and was an excellent hen Blue Faced Dacnis belonging to D & J Robinson. This bird went on to become third best foreign exhibit. The two leading sunbirds were judged to be second and third best nectarfeeder. Several very good entries just failed to make the specials list, most notably T Tugman’s Splendid Sunbird and N Elliston’s Purple Sugarbird.

 

The softbills contained several fine entries. The Tanager class was particularly good and contained the three best softbills. Best softbill, and ultimately best foreign exhibit was an outstanding Emerald Spotted Tanager owned by C & S Allaway. Second and third best were a Bay Headed Tanager and a Black Capped Tanager owned by N Elliston and D & J Robinson respectively. C & S Allaway had some fine exhibits that did not make the specials list including two Blue Headed Tanagers and an exquisite pair of Red Bellied Tits. There were no current year bred softbills entered.

 

The leading junior exhibit was a well staged Peachfaced Lovebird owned by K Eagle. The leading junior seedeater entry came from Colby School with a Java Sparrow.

nd best champion breeder award went to J Lacey with Fawns. The same exhibitor also won the awards for best champion adult with Normals, third best champion adult with Chestnut Flanked Whites and second best champion breeder with Normals. B Rudling won the award for second best champion adult with Fawns and D Webster was third in the champion breeder section with Penguins.

 

P Smith won all the novice awards. In the adult section his three leading exhibits were Normals, Fawns and Lightbacks, and the same colours took the same positions in the breeder section.

 

Bengalese entries were disappointing. Best Bengalese and best champion breeder was S & P Fisher’s Self Grey, best champion adult were Self Chocolate for D Brown and best novice breeder was D Webster’s Self Chocolate. 

 

 

2003 Show was cancelled because of the bird flu.

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 2002 OPEN SHOW

The entry for this year’s show was the lowest for several years, but at 386 was still good. Whilst overall quality was not as good as in some recent years, the leading exhibits were of a high standard.

The Lovebird section contained 24 entries with good overall quality. Once again D Watlow staged an outstanding team. His Orangefaced Peachfaced was the leading entry and went on to win the award for third best foreign exhibit. His Lutino Peachfaced was second best Lovebird whilst the leading current year bred Lovebird, a Pied Orangefaced owned by S Marriott, was third best in section and second best current year bred in show. D Watlow’s Normal Peachfaced was fourth best Lovebird. The other winners in the current year bred section were D Watlow’s Lutino Peachfaced and Cinnamon Peachfaced, and S Marriott’s Yellow Fischers.

At 24, the number of entries in the Parrotlike section for many years but S&P Fisher’s Ringneck was a worthy winner and also fourth best foreign exhibit. This bird has been the leading Parrotlike exhibit on many previous occasions. In second place was a very smart Pennants owned by C Metcalfe. A neat Cockatiel was third for A Lambert with C & A Allaway’s Red Flanked Lorikeet fourth. S & J Fisher staged the leading current year bred exhibit, a Bourke’s.

A total of 63 common seedeaters were entered and there were a number of very good exhibits. Best in section was an excellent cock Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice. In second place was the leading current year bred exhibit, S & P Fisher’s very good pair of Cinnamon Silverbills. A clean well marked Java Sparrow was third for C & S Allaway whilst fourth place went to a nice pair of African Silverbills owned by L Barnsdale. There were a number of other very good exhibits which won classes but could not reach the specials list.

The other awards in the current year bred section were won by N Prentice’s Green Singing Finch, S & P Fisher’s Chocolate Silverbills and D Brown’s Fawn Java Sparrow.

A good Pearl Headed Silverbill owned by S & P Fisher won a very competitive section of 45 entries to be selected best rare seedeater and second best seedeater. Second best in section was S & P Fisher’s Timor Java Sparrow whilst fourth best was a Mountain Bunting for D Lugo. The highlight of this section was the class for rare waxbills where 22 entries were benched. This class was won by a Red Winged Pytilla owned by D Brown and went on to become third best in section. 

Only two current year bred entries were benched with S & P Fisher’s Yellow Winged Pytilla the leading entry.

The Australian section contained 82 entries, the best for several years. The current year bred classes contained the leading exhibit, G Wincomb’s excellent Bicheno Finch. This bird was bold and very cleanly marked and went on to become best seedeater, best current year bred exhibit in show and second best foreign. In second place, and leading adult entry, was a pair of Hecks Grassfinches owned by L Barnsdale who also took the award for third best, again with a pair of Hecks. Fourth best, and second best current year bred was a pair of Chestnut Breasted Munias belonging to D Brown. The other current year bred exhibits to win awards were both Hecks Grassfinches owned by G Wincomb and L Barnsdale.

The overall quality of nectarfeeder exhibits was not as good as in recent years with many not quite yet in condition, although the number of entries was good. The leading exhibit was MR & Mrs Tugman’s Streaky Spiderhunter, and they also won the award for third best in section with a Gold Wing Sunbird. Second and fourth place went to C & S Allaway with a Red Chested Sunbird and a Splendid Sunbird respectively.

The same comments on quality could be made about the softbill section although the two leading entries were very good. Best in section and best in show went to Mr & Mrs Tugman’s Rufous Tailed Robin whilst second place went to a Royal Starling benched by C & S Allaway. The latter exhibitors won all the other softbill specials with a Kikuyu Zosterop, an Orange Headed Ground Thrush and a Spreo Starling, the last named being the only current year bred exhibit benched.

The junior section was poorly supported and won by Colby School.

 

There were 73 Zebra Finches entered. In the champion adult section the leading specials were won by P Ankin with Normals, Chestnut Flanked Whites and another pair of normal. The final special went to B & J Rudling’s Fawns. The three leading champion breeder exhibits were all Chestnut Flanked Whites and were led by J Moss who also took the award for third best. P Ankin took both second and fourth place with Normals.

The novice adult section was led by Summerscales & Morris with Normals. Second and third place both went to Mr & Mrs Shortland with Normals and Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst K Ream was fourth with Silvers. The two leading novice breeder specials both went to Mr & Mrs Shortland with Normals. The same exhibitors were also fourth with Chestnut Flanked Whites. Third was K Ream with Creams.

The number of Bengalese entries was poor at 13. P & E Prosser took  the award for best in section and best novice with Self Chocolate, whilst the same colour won best champion for D Brown.

The judges were Brian Gibbs, Derek Hamps, Graham Lockington and Dennis Webster.  

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 2001 OPEN SHOW

Entries for the 2001 Norfolk Foreign Bird Association Open Show were down on previous years and totalled just over 400. The Bengalese and Lovebird sections were particularly hit by lower entries, whilst absentees in the Common Seedeater and Rare Seedeater sections meant that the number of birds staged was below 400. There was however an increase in the Australian section.

 

Judges for this years show were B Beeson, G Coe and R Oxley in the foreign section, E Payne for Zebra Finches and J Harris for Bengalese.    

A total of 18 Lovebirds were entered, and once again D Watlow staged the leading entry with a nice Orange Faced Peachfaced. He also owned the third and fourth best Lovebird whilst R Smith took the award for second best, all these entries being normal Peach Faced. The leading current year bred Lovebird was L Barnsdale's normal Peach Faced.

 

In the Parrotlike section of 34, S & P Fisher took the leading award with a Vernals Hanging Parrot and second place with their well known Ringneck. In third place was C & S Allaway's Red Flanked Lorikeet, whilst fourth best and leading current year bred entry was Mr & Mrs Tugman's Goldies Lorikeet which took great pleasure in destroying all the decorations in its cage. This bird was also judged best current year bred exhibit in show. Second best current year bred was J Rudling's Turquoisine and third best B Sheldrake's Lineolated.

 

In the highly competitive Common Seedeater section of  61, the leading exhibit was also the best current year bred entry, a Silver Java Sparrow benched by D Brown. In second place was T Warelow's well coloured Firefinch cock, third was Mr & Mrs Tugman's Blue Capped Waxbill and fourth S & P Fisher's cock Cutthroat which had a deep and good coloured throat. The current year bred class was also competitive, and behind the leading exhibit second place went to L Barnsdale's Spicebirds, third was the same exhibitors SIlverbills whilst D brown was fourth with Fawn Java Sparrows. 

The Rare Seedeater section was a bit disappointing with 42 entries, although the quality of the leading exhibits was good. In first place was D Brown with a Red Winged Pytilla in outstanding condition and with exceptionally well coloured wing markings. This bird was also judged best seedeater and third best foreign. Second best was a good Pearl Headed Silverbill owned by S & P Fisher and third another good Red Winged Pytilla, this one being benched by T Warelow. In fourth place was N Elliston's Red Headed Finch. Leading current year bred entry was the Cuban Finch owned by G Wincomb with a Violet Eared Waxbill owned by D & H Harris being second.

 

The entry in the Australian section was an excellent 83. The quality and competion was high, with G Wincomb managing to take the leading award with his Hecks Grassfinch which was also the leading current year bred Australian. Second best in section was also a current year bred entry being a Red Headed Gouldian owned by D & H Harris. G Wincomb also owned the leading adult entry and third best Australian with another Hecks Grassfinch. Fourth best Australian and third best current year bred was D Brown's Cherry Finch whilst fourth best current year bred was G Wincomb's Parson Finch.

 

The section for Nectarfeeders was well supported with 24 entries. Mr & Mrs Tugman took the two leading awards with an Amethyst Sunbird and a Splendid Sunbird. The Amethyst Sunbird went on to be best foreign whilst the Splendid was judged fourth best foreign. Third best nectarfeeder went to C & S Allaway's Marico Sunbird with Mr & Mrs Tugman also taking fourth best with a Streaked Spiderhunter.      

C & S Allaway won the award for best Softbill with an excellent Royal Starling that went on to be judged second best foreign. In second place was a beautifully staged Red Tailed Robin owned by Mr & Mrs Tugman. An equally well staged Rufous Bellied Niltava was fourth best for the same exhibitors. In third place was C & S Allaway's White Cheeked Touraco. The only current year bred entry was N Elliston's Montane White-eye.

 

Leading exhibit in a small junior section was the Bourkes Parakeet owned by Colby School.

Zebra Finches totalled 87 with most of the entries being in the Champion section. In the Champion Adult section the leading exhibit was J Lacey's Fawns. P Ankin took the next two awards with Normals and Chestnut Flanked Whites, whilst J Lacey was fourth with another pair of Fawns. In the Champion Breeder section P Ankin staged the first three exhibits with Normals taking the first two awards, and Chestnut Flanked Whites being third. His leading pair of Normals were also best Zebra Finch. J Lacey took fourth place with Fawns. Taking first place in the Novice Adult section was Mr & Mrs Shortland's Chestnut Flanked Whites. The same exhibitors also staged the second best with Normals whilst K Ream was third and fourth with Creams and Silvers. Leading Novice Breeder award went to K Ream with Silvers whilst A Coles was second with Chestnut Flanked Whites. In third place were the Normals owned by R Winter whilst Mr & Mrs Shortland were fourth, also with Normals. Colby School staged the best junior Zebra Finch.   

 

In a disappointing Bengalese section the leading exhibit and best Novice was S & J Fisher's Self Chocolates whilst best Champion exhibit was Mr & Mrs Hunt's Self Chocolate and Self Fawn.  





NORFOLK FBA OPEN SHOW REPORT - 2000

Norfolk FBA received its second highest entry ever with 518. However, the Lovebird section had its lowest ever entry with 29 exhibits although the quality was high.

Once again D Watlow had outstanding success winning all the major Lovebird awards. The leading exhibit in section was his Normal Peachfaced whilst in second place was his Blue Masked which was also best CYOB Lovebird. Third best was his Cinnamon Peachfaced. Behind the leading CYOB exhibits were two Orange Peachfaced.

The section for other parrotlike birds contained 49 entries although this show suffered more than others from absentees. The leading exhibit and third best in show was S&P Fisher's Ringneck. B Sheldrake benched second best in section and best CYOB parrotlike with a Lineolated Parakeet. S&P Fisher also staged third best in section with a Vernals hanging Parrot. Second best CYOB was S&P Fisher's Canary Winged Parakeet with B Eagle's Princess of Wales taking third place.

Once again there was an excellent common seedeater section with 72 entries and the quality was high. Best in section was C&S Allaway's Orange Cheeked Waxbill. A Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice was second best and best adult owner bred in show. A Spicebird benched by C Stock was third. A pair of well coloured Cutthroats were best CYOB for Mr & Mrs Jackson. The other CYOB awards went to N Prentice and L Barnsdale, both being Chocolate Silverbills.

The rare seedeater section had probably the highest entry that the show has ever had numbering 66. Leading the section and best (also unfortunately only) CYOB was the Yellow Winged Pytilla owned by Mr & Mrs Jackson. In second and third places were Mr & Mrs Tugman with a Chestnut Headed Bunting and C&S Allaway with a Blue Billed Firefinch.

The quality amongst the 61 Australian Finches was high. Leading exhibit and second best in show were Mr & Mrs Harris with a pair of White Breasted Black Headed Gouldians. Second best in section, best CYOB Australian, and best CYOB exhibit in show went to G Wincomb with a Bamboo Parrot Finch. A Bicheno Finch also owned by G Wincomb was third best Australian. Second best CYOB went to L Barnsdale with a pair of Cherry Finches. The other award winning CYOB exhibit was a White Breasted Black Headed Gouldian belonging to G Wincomb.

The softbill and nectarfeeder section had an entry of 53. The nectarfeeder section had an excellent entry of 20 and was led by N Elliston's Gold Wing Sunbird which also went on to be best exhibit in show. A Black Headed Sugarbird benched by C&S Allaway was second best nectarfeeder whilst third place went to Mr & Mrs Tugman with an Amethyst Sunbird. Among the softbills, the leading exhibit came from C&S Allaway with a Royal Starling. In second place was Mr & Mrs Tugman's Rufous tailed Robin, whilst in third place was a Blue Headed Tanager owned by C&S Allaway.

The junior section was poorly supported, Colby School winning with a Cockatiel.

Entries in the Zebra section were just below 100, down on recent years but of good quality. Best champion adult was K&J Sims with Chestnut Flanked Whites. The same colour also produced second best champion adult for P Ankin. In third place was B Rudling's Fawns. The award for best champion breeder and also best Zebras in show went to K&J Sims with Normals, with the same owner and colour also taking third place. B Rudling prevented a clean sweep from the Sims partnership by taking second place with Fawns. In the novice section J Moss repeated his success of last year by taking the two leading awards. His Normals were selected as best novice adult with the other novice adult awards going to Mr & Mrs Shortland (Normals) and A Coles (Chestnut Flanked Whites). The leading novice breeder award for J Moss was for his Normals and he also won second best with Fawns. In third place were Mr & Mrs Shortland with Normals. Other colour awards went to K&J Sims for Silver and D Webster for Penguins. Colby School staged the best Junior exhibit.

S&K Spavin had a clean sweep of the champion Bengalese section where the entry was 83. In the Adult section their winners were Self Chestnut & Fawns, Chocolate & Whites and Dilutes. In the

breeder section they won with Self Chestnut & Fawns which were also best Bengalese, another pair of Self Chestnut & Fawns and Greys. In the novice adult section the winners were K&J Sims with Chocolate & White. R Hunt took the next two awards with Self Chestnut & Fawn and Self Chocolate. Leading novice adult breeder went to R Hunt with Self Chocolate followed by Chocolate& White owned by K&J Sims and another R Hunt exhibit of Dilutes. The other novice section colour awards went to R Hunt with Self White and Cremino. Best junior Bengalese went to Miss H Sheldrake.

The judges in the foreign section were T Broderick, T Browne and D Wanless. G Massey judged the Zebras and R Crook the Bengalese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1999 OPEN SHOW

The 1999 Norfolk FBA Open Show had a record entry of 612, far exceeding the previous record. Nearly all sections received an increased entry, with the Bengalese entry being particularly good. Although the leading exhibits were of very high quality, the show was a few weeks early for several exhibits.

 

The Lovebird section received a good entry of 56. Peach Faced won all the awards, with the leading exhibit being an outstanding Normal owned by D Watlow. This bird was of exceptional size, shape and colour and went on to become second best foreign exhibit. The same exhibitor also won the awards for second and third best Lovebird with an Orange Faced and a Normal, the latter also being best current year bred Lovebird. L Barnsdale staged the fourth best Lovebird with a Normal whilst J Wright was fifth with an Orange Faced.

After the leading current year bred exhibit came J Read with a Lutino whilst D Watlow took the awards for third and fourth with an Orange Faced and a Lutino. J Read won fifth best with a Fischers, the the only special winning Lovebird that was not a Peach Faced.

Once again S & P Fisher had an excellent day in the Parrotlike section which attracted 37 entries. They took the awards for best Parrotlike with a Ringneck and best cuurent year bred Parrotlike with a Canary Winged Parrakeet which was also fourth best Parrotlike. The Barraband of B Eagle pushed the Ringneck all the way to be judged second best Parrotlike. Another Ringneck owned by T Warelow was third best Parrotlike, whilst fifth best was S& P Fisher’s Mountain Parrakeet.

B Eagle took the award for second best current year bred with a Cockatiel and J Cox was third with a Bourkes. Other winners in this section were S & P Fisher’s Vernals Hanging Parrot and another Cockatiel owned by B Eagle.     

There were 75 common seedeaters entered with a cock Blue Capped Waxbill owned by N Elliston just beating C & S Allaway’s St Helena Waxbill. Third place went to a Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice which had already won a large class. In fourth place were a pair of African Silverbills owned by L Barnsdale whilst a nice pair of Silver Java Sparrows were fifth for S & P Fisher.

All the award winners in the current year bred section were African Silverbills. B Rudling staged the leading exhibit, L Barnsdale entries were second, third and fourth with Mr & Mrs Coe being fifth.

The rare seedeater section contained a record entry of 65. The leading exhibit was a Red Winged Pytilla owned by C & S Allaway which won a class of 23 entries. Hybrids took the next two places for L Barnsdale and S & P Fisher. A nice pair of Lavender Finches were fourth for T Warelow whilst Mr & Mrs Coe were fifth with a Red Winged Pytilla.

There were only two current year bred exhibits with S & P Fisher winning with the hybrid that was third best rare.

Leading the 57 Australian entries was a very nice pair of Isabel Cherry Finches owned by D Brown. This entry went on to be awarded best seedeater, best current year bred foreign and fourth best in show. In second place, and best adult Australian was D Nudd with a pair of Hecks Grassfinches. Third best went to Mr & Mrs Hunt with Diamond Firetails whilst fourth was D Brown with another Isabel Cherry Finch. Behind the leading current year bred exhibit were two entries from L Barnsdale being Hecks Grassfinch and Cherry Finch. Foruth were D Brown’s Chestnut Breasted Finches.

Softbill entries showed a large increase with 46 entered. Best in section, and third best foreign was a Rufous Taailed Robin very well staged by Mr & Mrs Tugman. The same exhibitor also won second best with a Niltava whilst K Canham finished third and fifth with a Rufous Tailed Robin and Fulvetta respectively. In fourth place was the Orange Headed ground Thrush owned by C & S Allaway.

15 nectarfeeders were entered. The two leading sunbirds were both owned by C & S Allaway being a Beautiful, which was second best nectarfeeder, and a Marico. Third best was N Elliton’s Gold Wing. The award for best nectarfeeder ad best foreign exhibit went to C & S Allaway with their excellent Black Headed Sugarbird. The same exhibitor also took the award for third best with a Spiderhunter whilst another Black headed Sugarbird was fourth for Mr & Mrs Tugman.

Junior entries showed a very good entry with 36. Leading exhibit was a very nice Mountain Bunting owned by D Lugo. He also won the award for second best and leading current year bred exhibit with Hecks Grassfinch. Best junior Bengalese went to Miss H Sheldrake whilst D Lugo won best Zebra.

There were 111 Zebra Finches entered. Best champion, and best champion adult were Normals owned by P Ankin, with another pair of Normals second best for D Brown. Third best went to J Lacey with Fawns whilst P Ankin was also fourth with Chestnut Flanked Whites.

P Ankin also won the two leading champion breeder awards with Normals. J Lacey was third and fourth with Fawns and Chestnut Flanked Whites respectively.

Leading novice adults were Normals owned by Mr & Mrs Shortland. P Bailey took second place, also with Normals whilst J Moss was third and fourth with Fawns and Chestnut Flanked Whites. The leading novice breeder award went to Fawns owned by J Moss. These birds also won the award for best Zebra Finch. Second best novice breeder went to A Coles with Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst the same colour took third place for Mr & Mrs Shortland. Normals were fourth for J Moss.

The Bengalese section saw the biggest entry with three times the normal entry at 104. Best champion adult and best Bengalese went to S & K Spavin with Chocolate & Whites. T Lockhart staged the second best champion adult with Dilutes and third best with Self White & Creminos. Fourth were S & K Spavin’s Self Chocolate.

The first three champion breeder awards all went to S & K Spavin with Fawn & White, Self Chocolate and Self Chestnut & Self White, whilst T Lockhart was fourth with Dilutes.

Best novice, and best novice adult went to R Hunt with Self Chocolates. The same exhibitor staged another pair of Self Chocolates to win the award for second best novice adult whilst J Fisher was third with Greys. R Hunt was fourth with Self Chestnut & Self White. All the novice breeder awards went to R Hunt with Self Chocolates, Dilutes, Self Chocolate, and Self White & Cremino.

The Foreign judges were E Davison, J Faulkner and E Gallimore whilst Zebra and Bengalese were judged by G Lewsey. Special thanks are due to E Gallimore for stepping in at short notice due to illness of the original judge booked.                     

 

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1998 OPEN SHOW

The show was a great success and had one of its largest entries ever at 448. Judges engaged were G Taylor, K Garrett and G Lockington for Foreign and P Cannan for Zebra Finch and Bengalese.

 

The Lovebird section received an excellent entry of 66 with several high quality birds on display. D Watlow had a very successful day in the current year bred section staging the two leading exhibits. These were a very good normal Peach Faced which went on to become third best Lovebird, and a Pied Peach Faced. Third place was taken by J Read’s Lutino whilst fourth went to S & P Fisher with an Abysinnian.

 

In the adult section S & P Fisher took the leading award, and best Lovebird in show, with a Red Faced. An excellent Fischers took second place and second best Lovebird for Mr & Mrs Ellis. Third best went to a Red Eyed Cinnamon benched by J Read with fourth best being S & P Fisher’s Abysinnian. The final award went to D Watlow’s Cinnamon Peach Faced.

 

The Parrotlike section contained 56 entries, and again the quality of the leading exhibits was excellent. S & P Fisher had an outstanding day. In the current year bredd cestion they took the two leading awards with a Yellow Fronted Kakariki and Canary Winged Parrakeets. B Sheldrakes’s Green Cheeked Conures were third best with a Yellow Turquoisine owned by Mr & Mrs Ellis fourth.

 

The leading adult entry was S & P Fisher’s African Ringneck which also went on to become best bird in show for the third consecutive year. Both feather condition and steadiness of this bird are outstanding. A Vernal’s Hanging Parrot was second best adult and second best Parrotlike, again for S & P Fisher. Another African Ringneck was third best for T Warelow and a Rock Pebbalr fourth for B Sheldrake. The final award went to S & P Fisher’s Canary Winged Parakeet.

 

Entries in the Australian section were slightly down at 47. The leading exhibits in the current year bred section were owned by D Nudd being a Hecks Grassfinch and a Cherry Finch, with the Hecks going on to become second best Australian. D Brown took the award for third best with a pair of Bicheno Finches whilst L Barnsdale was fourth with a Cherry Finch. In fifth place was a Yellow Headed Gouldian belonging to D Nudd.

 

Best adult Australian, and best Australian was L Barnsdale’s pair of Hecks Grassfinches. Second best was a Pintailed Nonpariel owned by D Brown whilst D Nudd’s Cherry Finch was third. Other leading exhibits were Long Tail Grassfinches and a Chestnut Breasted Finch.

 

Seedeaters totalled 102, and T Warelow staged the leading exhibits. From the common section, his very good pair of Blue Billed Mannikins were judged leading exhibits, with second place going to N Prentice’s Green Singing Finch. The next two specials went to C Stock with Java Sparrows and Blue Billed Mannikins with the final special going to C & S Allaway’s St Helena Waxbill.

 

The leading current year bred common awards all went to L Barnsdale with two pairs of Chocolate Silverbills and a pair of African Silverbills. The first of these exhibits was also third best common seedeater. The other current year bred awards went to B & J Rudling with a Green Singing Finch and the Red Eared Waxbill owned by T Warelow.

Best rare seedeater, and best seedeater in show was won by T Warelow with a Black Cheeked Waxbill. Running this exhibit very close was C & S Allaway’s Red Crested Finch. A Black Capped Waxbill was third best for C & S Allaway whilst T Warelow was fourth with a Red Winged Pytilla. The final award went to a Queen Whydah benched by Mr & Mrs Coe. The only current year bred rare seedeater was a Desert Bullfinch owned by D Brown.

 

There were 11 nectarfeeders benched. Leading exhibit, and second best foreign in show was C & S Allaway’s well coloured Beautiful Sunbird. The same exhibitor also took second best with a Scarlet Chested sunbird, with the same species taking the next two awards for N Elliston.

 

C & S Allaway took most of the softbill awards, winning best with a Touraco, third and fourth with Zosterops, and fifth with a White Naped Yuhina. A Stripe Throated Yuhina won second best for Mr & Mrs Coe. The only current year bred softbill exhibited was an Orange Headed Ground Thrush owned by C & S Allaway.  

The number of junior exhibits was disappointing with the leading entries being Miss Jackson’s Peach Faced Lovebird an D Lugo’s Hecks Grassfinch.

 

There were 103 entries n the Zebra Finch section. In the champion section, P Ankin took the two leading adult awards with Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. The two other champion adult awards went to D Webster with Penguins and B Rudling with Fawns. P Ankin also owned the leading champion breeder, again with Chestnut Flanked Whites. Following this exhibit, the other champion breeder awards went to T Stanhope with Fawns, P Ankin with Normals and D Webster with Pengiuns.

The leading novice breeder exhibit, and Best Zebra Finch in show, went to J Moss with Chestnut Flanked Whites. The same exhibitor also won the awards for second and third best breeder with another pair of Chestnut Flanked Whites and Fawns. The final novice breeder award went to A Coles with Normals. J Moss also took the two leading novice adult awards with Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. R Hunt took third place with Fawns and A Coles fourth with Chestnut Flanked Whites. Best junior Zebra Finch went to Miss Jackson.

One again the number of Bengalese was disappointing with D Brown winning the champion award, R Hunt the novice and D Lugo the junior.   

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1997 OPEN SHOW

The 1997 show attracted 407 entries which was virtually the same as last year. As usual, the quality was high with completion fierce in all sections. E Gallimore judged the Australian and Junior sections, P Gallimore and D Hamps the other Foreign sections, and D Brown the Zebra Finches and Bengalese.

The Lovebird section contained 57 entries. Leading exhibit was a Red Faced Lovebird, in excellent condition and very steady, belonging to S & P Fisher. In second place was a Pastel Blue owned by J Wright whilst in third place was R Smith’s normal Peach Faced. The final special was won by L Barnsdale with a Lutino Peach Faced. The current year bred Lovebirds were not quite of the same standard as the adults, but there were still some good exhibits. Best was an Abysinnian owned by S & P Fisher. In second place was B Walpole’s Pastel Blue. J Read took the other specials a Normal Peach faced and a Pied Peach Faced.

Once again the Parrotlike section received excellent support with an entry of 65. Leading exhibit and best foreign bird in show was an immaculate African Ringneck owned by S & P Fisher, winning for the second year running. S & P Fisher exhibits were dominant in this section, and they won the award for second best with a pair of Mountain Parakeets and fourth with a Blue Celestial. As with the Lovebirds, the quality of current year bred exhibits was not quite as high and S & P Fisher staged the two leading exhibits, a Canary Wing Parakeet and a Kakariki. The other winners in this section both belonged to D Broomfield, a Pied Kakariki and a Barraband.

Another section with a good entry was the common seedeaters with 67. The leading exhibit in this section, and which went on to become second best foreign, was a cock Gold Breasted Waxbill owned by C & S Allaway. This bird was of good size and colour, and very steady. This bird was pushed hard by several other quality exhibits, and leading these as second best common seedeater was a Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice. Third best was a cock Red Avadavat owned by C Stock whilst in fourth was an Orange Cheeked Waxbill for L Barnsdale. Leading the current year bred section were a pair of Cordon Blues owned by R Edwards, two Silverbill entries from L Barnsdale and C Stock’s Blue Billed Mannikins.

The number of rare seedeaters totaled 31, with the best being a Celebes Mannikin owned by C & S Allaway. In second place was a Pearl headed Silverbill for N Prentice, and third and fourth places were taken by C & S Allaway with a Blue Billed Firefinch and D Brown with a Hybrid. The current year bred rare section was very disappointing with the leading exhibit benched by L Barnsdale.

The Australian section had 51 entries, and the overall quality was very high. Leading exhibit and best adult owner bred in show was a Cherry Finch owned by G Wincomb. In second place was a pair of Parson Finches belonging to L Barnsdale, whilst third and fourth places were taken by D Nudd’s Hecks grassfinch  and G Wincomb’s Black headed Gouldian. The current year bred section matched that of the adults, and the Parson Finches and Gouldian which took second and third best Australian were the two leading current year bred exhibits. G Wincomd benched third best with his Hecks Grassfinch whilst D Brown was fourth best with an Isabella Cherry Finch.

All the softbill awards were taken by C & S Allaway with a Chestnut Flanked Zosterop, Touraco, Indian Zosterop and an Orange Headed Ground Thrush. Best nectarfeeder was the Scarlet Chested Sunbird owned by N Elliston.

The junior section contained 25 entries with the award for best going to D Lugo with a Hecks Grassfinch. Second best went to L Cox with a Cockatiel whilst D Lugo won the awards for best Zebra and Bengalese.

There were 35 champion Zebra Finches with the award for best champion breeder and best Zebra Finch going to P Ankin with Normals. The same exhibitor took second place, again with Normals, wilst the ither breeder specials were won by D Webster with Creams and Penguins. The adult awards went to D Webster’s Creams, B Rudling’s Fawns, and two further D Webster exhibits being Creams and Penguins.

The novice section contained 36 entries. In the adult section J Gibbons took the top award with Normals, whilst R Hunt took the next three specials with Silvers, Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. R Hunt won the three leading novice breeder awards with Creams and two pairs of Fawns whilst J Gibbons took fourth place with Normals.

The leading Bengalese was the junior entry of D Lugo, whilst Mr & Mrs Barnes won the champion awaes and C Stock the novice.        

 

 

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1996 OPEN SHOW

This years entry of 410 was almost exactly the same as last years. Entries in the Lovebird, Softbill and Zebra Finch sections were down, whilst there were good increases in Australian and Junior. D Booth judges the Zebra Finches and Bengalese, D Wanless the Australian and Junior, and T Broderick and T Browne all other foreign sections.

There were 35 entries in the Lovebird section, and the award for best went to a hen Abysinnian entered by S&P Fisher. Following the winner were two entries from J Wright, a very nice Pastel Blue and a Pied Peach Faced, whilst a normal Peach Faced took fourth place for D Bloomfield. In the current year bred classes J Wright took the leading award with a Pied Peach Faced whilst all the other awards went to Mr & Mrs Ellis with normal of Fischers, Black Cheeked and another Fischers.

The section for other Parrotlike contained 49 entries, the leading exhibit and also best in show award going to an immaculate African Ringneck owned by S&P Fisher. The same exhibitor also won the award for second best with a very neat Vernals Hanging Parrot and also fourth best with a Canary Wing Parakeet, the latter also being best current year bred Parrotlike. Third best was a Port Lincoln owned by Mr & Mrs Ellis. The quality in the current year bred classes was not quite as good as in the adult classes, but behind the winner were a good exhibit by B Sheldrake and two entries from Mr & Mrs Ellis, respectively being Green Cheeked Conures, and a Normal and Olive Lineolated.

The common seedeater section contained 63 entries, and the leading exhibit was a Combassou owned by N Elliston. Second and third places both went to N Prentice with a Green Singing Finch and Gold Breast Waxbill. In fourth place was a well coloured normal Java owned by C Stock. The two leading current year bred exhibits were both owned by D Brown being Fawn Java Sparrows and Cutthroats. Two more Java Sparrows, a Fawn and a Fawn Pied, took third and fourth places for B Rudling and C Stock.

The best seedeater in show came from the rare seedeater section, a very good cock Red Crested Finch owned by C&S Allaway. In second place was a Queen Whydah belonging to N Elliston and third was N Scott’s Cuban Finch. Fourth best, and best rare current year bred was a Black bellied Firefinch owned by C&SAllaway. The other current year bred rare seedeater awards went to N Elliston with a pair of Red Headed Finches and a hen of the same species, and a pair of Chinese Painted Quail benched by W Savory.

The Australian section was very well supported with a best ever entry of 75. G Wincomb had an excellent day taking first place with a cock Cherry Finch which was also best adult owner bred in show, second place with a Bamboo Parrotfinch, and fourth with a Hecks Grassfinch. The latter two were also best and second best current year bred Australian. Third best Australian was N Prentice’s Hecks Grassfinch. G Wincomb also took the award for third best current year bred Australian with a Cherry Finch whilst a Black Headed Gouldian was fourth for D&H Harris. The Bamboo Parrotfinch was also judged best current year bred in show.

The leading hybrid was shown by D Brown.

Softbill entries were disappointing with only 27 entered, and no current year bred exhibits. All the leading exhibits were owned by C&S Allaway being a Chestnut Flanked Zosterop, which was also second best in show, a Red Headed Tit, a Touraco and another Chestnut Flanked Zosterop. The same exhibiot also won the award for best nectarfeeder with an Amethyst Sunbird.

The Junior entry was very good at 31, and amongst some fine seedeater exhibits, judge D Waless gave the top award to D Grocott with a Lavender Finch. The awards for second best junior and best current year bred went to D Lugo with Hecks Grassfinch.

There were 48 entries in the champion Zebra Finch section, and the award for best Zebra Finch came from this section being P Ankin’s Normals. They also won the award for best champion adult with second best going to D Webster. The other adult champion awards went to B Rudling with Fawns and D Webster with Penguins. The two leading champion breeder awards both went to P Ankin with Normals, whilst B Rudling was third with Fawns and D Brown fourth with Creams.

In the novice section there were 21 entries, and the three leading novice adult awards all went to R Hunt. The colours were Silver, Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. Mr & Mrs Barnes took fourth place and also staged the best novice breeders with Fawns. J Gibbons won allt the other novice breeder awards, and all of them were Normals,

The leading junior Zebra Finches were S Brown’s Normals.

There were 22 Bengalese with D Brown taking the top award and best champion with Self Chocolates. The leading novice award went to N Prentice with Chocolate & Whites. S Brown won the best junior award.   

 

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1995 OPEN SHOW

This years Open Show received an entry of 407 which were judged by J Faulkner, R Oxley, G Tulk and D Vaus. Several exhibitors commented on the number of birds that they currently have in the moult and this was probably reflected in the overall quality of the exhibits, which was probably not as high as in recent years. The leading exhibits were however of the highest standard.

 

The Parrotlike section had 54 entries, and the four leading exhibits were all benched by S&P Fisher. Leading was an African Ringneck followed by a very nice pair of Canary Winged Parakeets, a Vernals Hanging Parrot and another Canary Wing, the latter also being best current year bred Parrotlike. B Sheldrake’s Princess of Wales was second best current year bred with S&P Fisher also winning the awards for third and fourth best current year bred with a Lineolated and a Green Rumped Parrotlet.

The number of Lovebirds was lower than previous years at 41. J Wright took all the leading awards with his Pastel Blue being judged best Lovebird. This bird was followed by three more of his entries, these being a Pied Peach faced, a normal Fischers and a normal Peach Faced. In the current year bred classes Mr & Mrs Ellis took the top three awards with a Blck Cheeked, a Pastel Blue and a Fischers. Fourth went to J Wright with a normal Peach Faced.

There were some very good classes in the common seedeater section of 76 entries. The leading exhibit was a Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice. This bird had excellent colour and condition and was also awarded second best seedeater. Second best went to C Stock with a good pair of Cordon Blues. Third best were a pair of Masked Weavers owned by G Smith whilst C Stock also won the award for fourth best with a pair of Black Headed Mannikins. The classes for current year bred common were poorly supported and the leading exhibits were N Prentice’s Green Singing Finch, S Studd’s Diamond Dove, a Silverbill owned by N Prentice and W&J Savory’s Chinese Painted Quail.

There were 44 rare seedeaters with the best in section being a Ringed Warbling Finch owned by Mr & Mrs Hickinbottom. Second best was a cock Blue Billed Firefinch owned by C&S Allaway, whilst Mr & Mrs Coe won the awards for third and fourth best with a Red Crested Finch and a Peters Twinspot. There was only on current year bred entry which was C&S Allaway’s Jacarini Finch.

The total of 42 Australian was well down on recent years but contained some very fine exhibits. The leading exhibit came from the current year bred classes and was also judged best seedeater. This was an excellent hen Cherry Finch owned by D Brown. Second and third best both belonged to G Wincomb, a Hecks Grassfinch and an Isabel Cherry Finch. The latter was also second best current year bred. Fourth best was a Chestnut Breasted Finch owned by N Scott. In the current year bred classes behind the two Cherry Finches the awards the third and fourth best went to a Black Headed.

White Breasted Gouldian and a Hecks Grassfinch, both owned by G Wincomb.

The softbill section had 41 entries and included the winner of the best in show award, a Stripe Throated Yuhina owned by C&S Allaway. The same exhibitor also took the award for second and third best softbill with a Pekin Robin and a Touraco. Fourth best was Mr & Mrs Hickinbottom’s Plumbeous Redstart. Neither of the current year bred entries were in show condition although both were good breedings with G Wincomb’s Blue Headed Tanager beating C&S Allaway’s Vinous Throated Parrotbill.

An Amethyst Sunbird belonging to C&S Allaway was best nectarfeeder with Mr & Mrs Coe second with a hen Purple Sugarbird.

 

The junior classes were poorly supported with only 9 entries, with the leading exhibit being benched by S Brown.

The number of Zebra Finches was down on recent years but there were some excellent exhibits. The champion section had 54 entries and P Ankin had a field day. In the adult section he won the three top awards with two pairs of Normals and Chestnut Flanked Whites. His leading normal were also best Zebra Finches, and only the fourth placed Fawns shown by B Rudling prevented an Ankin clean sweep. In the champion breeder section P ANkin took all the awards, the two leading exhibits being Chestnut Flanked Whites followed by two pairs of Normals.

 

The novice section had 19 entries and J Gibbons took all the main awards. In the adult classes his Fawns were first and second, and he won all the breeder awards with Fawns. Third and fourth best adult were benched by Mr & Mrs Barnes and N Prentice.

There were 27 Bengalese with D Brown staging best Bengalese and best champion, whilst A Rayner owned the best novice. Both entries were Self Chocolate. S Brown owned both best junior Bengalese and Zebra Finch.            

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1994 OPEN SHOW

This years entry for the Norfolk FBA was a record of 473 with the seedeater classes being particularly well supported.

Judge Terry Sayers was faced with 74 Lovebirds and selected the Cremino Peach Faced staged by M&C Coleman as best in section and best adult. This was followed by two entries from N Elsdon, a Blue Masked and a normal Peach Faced. The fourth and fifth best adults were a Pied Peach faced owned by M&C Coleman and a Pastel Blue owned by J Wright.

The current year bred Lovebirds were not quite of the same quality as the adults but still contained some fine exhibits. R Smith benched the leading exhibit, a normal Peach Faced, and the same species won the award for second best for M&C Coleman. Third and fifth best were also benched by M&C Coleman being respectively a Fischers and a normal Peach faced whilst Mr & Mrs Ellis won fourth place with a Pastel Blue.

The Parrotlike section was also judged by Terry Sayers and contained 50 entries. The leading exhibit and second best in show was an African Ringneck owned by S&P Fisher. The second best, and best current year bred Parrotlike was a pair of Green Cheeked Conures staged by M&C Coleman. This entry also won the award for most meritorious breeding. S&P Fisher also benched the third best in section, a Lineolated, and fourth best with a Canary Wing which would have challenged strongly for a higher award had it not messed up its tail. This bird was also second best current year bred. Fifth best in section was a Cockatiel owned by M&C Coleman.

Behind the two leading current year bred exhibits, a Yellow Redrump staged by W&J Savory was third best with Cockatiels being fourth and fifth best for Mr & Mrs Ellis and M&C Coleman respectively.

The common seedeater section received an excellent entry of 75 for Lisa Barnsdale to judge. Leading exhibit was a good cock Gold Breast Waxbill owned by C&S Allaway which just beat a cock Blue Capped Waxbill owned by N Elliston. Following these exhibits, in third place was a St Helena Waxbill staged by G Wincomb whilst a well staged Spicebird belonging to C&S Allaway was fourth. The Green Singing Finch of N Prentice won a large class and was placed fifth.  

The current year bred classes could not compete with the adults for the best in section awards although the number of entries was good. The leading exhibit was a pair of Fawn Java Sparrows owned by D Brown whilst a Sundevalls Waxbill was second for B Rudling. Behind these two exhibits, the two other special winners were a Green Singing Finch owned by N Prentice and C&S Allaway’s Spicebird.

There were 35 rare seedeaters entered and they included some species rarely seen on the show bench. Leading exhibit and second best seedeater in show was a Pearl Headed Silverbill owned by N Elliston. This exhibitor also staged the third best in section, a Queen Whydah. Second and fourth best exhibits were both staged by S&P Fisher, a Dark breasted Rosefinch and a Chinese Mountain Bunting. In fifth place was a Peters Twinspot which had won a large class for Mr & Mrs Coe.

There were only two current year bred exhibits, the leading one being W&J Savory’s Blue Quail. Best hybrid was a Silverbill × Bengalese owned by B Rudling.

A total of 67 Australian were placed before judge Keith Baigent for consideration. Best, and also best seedeater in show was a very good Hecks Grassfinch owned by G Wincomb. The same owner staged another Hecks Grassfinch to be second best in section. Third and fourth places were taken by an Orange Headed White Breasted Gouldian belonging to D Nudd and a pair of Cherry Finches belonging to D Brown.

The current year bred Australian had some very good entries. Best, and best current year bred in show was a pair of Black Headed Gouldians belonging to G Wincomb. The same exhibitor also took the award for fourth best with a Hecks Grassfinch. Second and third best were both Cherry Finches owned by D Nudd and D Brown respectively.

There were 31 softbill entries and this section provided the best in show, a Zosterop very well staged by G Wincomb. All the other special winners were owned by C&S Allaway being a Touraco, Chestnut Flanked Zosterop, Malabar Starling and another Chestnut flanked Zosterop.

The leading nectarfeeder was C&S Allaway’s Amethyst Sunbird.

There were 21 Junior entries and the leading exhibit was a Hecks Grassfinch owned by S Brown who also took the best junior parrotlike award with a Lutino Cockatiel. Other junior specials winners were B Howe with a Bronze Winged Mannikin, and S Brown whose Fawn Diamond Firetail was best current year bred.

There were 92 Zebra Finches and 21 Bengalese for judge George Lewsey to assess. Best Zebra Finches and best champion breeders were the Normals belonging to P Ankin. The same exhibitor won all the other champion breeder awards with two Normals entries and Chestnut Flanked Whites. The same exhibitor also benched the two leading champion adult entries with Chestnut Flanked Whites and Normals. These were followed by the Creams owned by M Day and B Rudling’s Fawns.

J Gibbons had a field day in the novice section taking the awards for best, second and third in both the adult and breeder sections, all with Fawns. The award for fourth best novice adult went to A White with Fawns whilst Mr & Mrs Barnes took fourth best novice breeder with Creams. S Brown staged the best junior entry.

In the Bengalese section Self Chocolates won the awards for both best adult and novice, D Brown winning the adult award and A Rayner the novice. S Brown benched the best junior.       

 

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1993 OPEN SHOW

The move to a new venue coincided with a record entry for this years open show. The entry of 470 was 50 higher than the previous best entry. The foreign sections were judged by G Lockington and B Setterington whilst C Scarth judged the Zebra Finches and Bengalese.

There were 72 Lovebirds entered and in the current year section the award for best went to a Blue Masked owned by R Powell. In second place was a normal Peach Faced benched by R Smith. R Powell also took the awards for third and fourth best, both exhibits being Masked. Fifth best was a Pied Peach faced owned by M&C Coleman.

Best lovebirds and best adults were a pair of Fischers staged by B Walpole. Normal Peach Faced won second and fifth best lovebird for R Smith who also won third best with a Pied Peach faced. R Powells leading current year bred exhibit was fourth best lovebird overall.

 

The Parrotlike section had 52 entries and winning the award for best was an African Ringneck belonging to S&P Fisher. This partnership also took the award for second best with a Lineolated. J Fisher won third best with a Maroon Bellied Conure and a Pied Cockatiel was awarded fourth best for M&C Coleman. Fifth best was a Many Coloured belonging to R Powell.

The leading current year entry was a Princess of Wales owned by Sheldrake whilst Cinnamon Pied Cockatiels occupied second and third places, second going to M&C Coleman and third to Mr & Mrs Ellis. In fourth place was a Kakariki owned by M Brooks and fifth best a Celestial Parrotlet benched by S&P Fisher.

A total of 62 common seedeaters were on the staging with the leading exhibit being a cock Gold Breast Waxbill owned by C&S Allaway. This bird was also judged best seedeater in show. The same partnership also picked up the award for third and fourth in section with a cock Firefinch and a Spicebird. A Tri Coloured Mannikin was second for S&P Fisher whilst N Elsdon’s Green Singing Finch was fifth.

In the current year bred section W&J Savory took the top three awards with a Spicebird, cock Cordon Blue and a pair of Bronze Winged Mannikins. A Silverbill was fourth for L&S Ward and a Java Sparrow fifth for D Brown.

Leading exhibit in the rare seedeater section was a Chinese Mountain Bunting owned by S&P Fisher, also second best seedeater. The nest three places were taken by N Elliston with a hen Red Crested Finch, a cock Red Crested Finch and a cock Purple Grenadier Waxbill. S&P Fisher also took fifth place with a cock Black & White Seedeater. Current year bred entries were poor at 3 with the leading exhibit being a Chinese Painted Quail shown by W&J Savory.    

The number of Australian entered was the highest ever at 70. Best in section, and also best current year bred was a Cherry finch owned by D Brown. In second and third places were Gouldians owned by G Wincomb, an Orange Headed and a Lutino, the latter also being second best current year bred. Cherry Finches owned by D Brown were fourth and fifth best.

Following the Cherry Finch and Lutino Gouldian in the current year bred section were a Red Headed Gouldian owned by G Wincomb, the Chestnut Breasted Finch staged by M Day, and D Nudd’s Gouldian.

Best hybrid was owned by B Rudling.

Entries in the softbill section were down on recent years with several classes poorly supported. Best in section was a Tanager hybrid benched by G Wincomb followed by the Indian Zosterops owned by C&S Allaway and the same partnerships Pekin Robin. Fourth and fifth places went to Chestnut Flanked Zosterops owned by P Amos and C&S Allaway. There were no entries in the current year bred section.

The nectarfeeders contained several good exhibits which included the best in show, an excellent Brown Bellied Amazilia Hummingbird owned by C&S Allaway. Second best was an Amethyst Sunbird also owned by the Allaway partnership.

There was a small but welcome increase in the junior entry which this year totaled 22. The leading entry was a pair of Hecks Grassfinches the property of G Nudd. Second best was a Cockatiel owned by B Howe.

There were over 100 Zebra Finches entered and best champion adult and best in Show went to Mr & Mrs Stanhope’s Creams. The other awards in the champion adult section went to E Bell’s Fawns, the Normals of Mr & Mrs Stanhope, the Chestnut Flanked Whites staged by P Ankin and E Bell’s Whites.

Mr & Mrs Stanhope came to the fore again in the champion breeder section with Creams. Other awards in this section went to Fawns benched by M Day, Chestnut Flanked Whites belonging to P Ankin, the Peids entered by E Bell, and the Penguins owned by B Rudling.

In the novice adult section A White took the awards for best and third best with Creams and fawns, D Webster was placed second and fifth with Fawns and Penguins,anj J Gibbons took fourth place with Whites. Best novice breeder and best novice Zebra Finch went to J Gibbons with Fawns and he also took fourth place with Chestnut Flanked Whites. The other awards went to A White with Fawns, Lightbacks and Creams.

Best Bengalese was staged by D Brown whilst S Mayson staged best junior Zebra Finch/Bengalese.   

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1992 OPEN SHOW

Officials of the club were delighted with this years entry of 368 which was only a slight reduction over the previous year.

The Parrotlike section had 36 entries and the leading current year bred exhibit was a Senegal Parrot owned by M&C Coleman. A Lineolated won the award for second best for S&P Fisher whilst a Cinnamon Pearl Pied Cockatiel was third for M&C Coleman. The final award went to Mr & Mrs B Sheldrake with an African Ringneck.

Best Parrotlike went to an African Ringneck owned by S&P Fisher which was closely followed by the Rock Pebblar staged by S Lennox. The Rosa Bourkes of S&P Fisher and Cinnamon Pied Cockatiel of M&C Coleman were third and fourth.

All the main award winners amongst the 47 Lovebirds were adult birds.. Best was the Silver Peach Faced of R Smith, and he also benched the third and fourth best with a Pastel Blue and a normal Peach Faced. A Jade Peach Faced belonging to M&C Coleman was second best.

R Smith was also to the fore in the current year bred section taking most of the awards with Peach Faced. M&C Coleman prevented a clean sweep in taking second best with a Fischers.

There were 46 common seedeaters for E & P Gallimore to judge. Best was a cock Red Billed Firefinch owned by C&S Allaway. This was followed by the leading current year bred entry, a pair of White Javas belonging to D Brown. A normal Java was third for B Rudling. Fourth best went to C&S Allaway with Orange Cheeked Waxbills.

Following the White Java’s in the current year bred section was the Cordon Blue owned by W&J Savory and the Cutthroat belonging to B Rudling. W&J Savory also won the final award with Bronze Winged Mannikins.

There were 25 rare seedeaters and leading the section, and best seedeater in show, was the Hybrid of L&S Ward. This was followed by two entries belonging to W&J Savory, a Black & White Seedeater and a Celebes Mannikin. N Elliston won the final award with a Red Crested Finch.

In a poorly supported current year bred section, W&J Savory won with a Hybrid.

There was an increased entry of 55 Australian finches. Best in section was a cock Cherry Finch owned by D Nudd with second place going to a pair of Chestnut Breasted Finches belonging to M Day which was also best current year bred Australian. The other award winners in this section were both current year bred entries being the Hecks Grassfinch of G Wincomb and the Cherry Finch owned by D Brown.

Softbills are always favourites with visitors to the show and an excellent pair of African Zosterops won the section for C&S Allaway and were also awarded second best in show. The same exhibitors also won the awards for second and fourth best in section  with Chestnut Flanked Zosterops and a Pekin Robin. D Nudd won the award for third best with a Verditer Flycatcher. Two entries were benched in the current year bred class, both Zosterops, with D Nudd coming out on top.

The class for nectarfeeders produced the best exhibit in show, a Brown Bellied Amazilia Hummingbird owned by C&S Allaway. The same exhibitors also won second best with an Amethyst Sunbird.

A most rewarding aspect of the show was the sharp increase in the number of junior exhibits. Competition was particularly fierce in the Seedeater classes where G Nudd won the award for best seedeater and junior foreign with a Hecks grassfinch. A Cockatiel staged by B Howe was second whilst S Mayson owned both best junior Zebra Finch and Bengalese.

Judge B Debling was faced with 82 entries when placing the awards in the Zebra Finch section. The champion adult classes were led by M Day with Fawns followed by Normals owned by Mr & Mrs Stanhope and P Ankin respectively. M Day also staged the best champion breeder exhibits which were also Fawns followed by B Rudling’s Fawns and another M Day entry, this time Creams.

 

NORFOLK FOREIGN BIRD ASSOCIATION - 1991 OPEN SHOW

Officials were delighted with this years record entry of 450, and the quality of the exhibits was very high. Special thanks are owed to judges B Setterington and T Barton for coping with all the judging following the non-appearance on the day of the third judge booked.

The Parrotlike classes contained 120 entries and the leading exhibit, best current year bred in section and best current year bred in show were a delightful pair of Green Cheeked Conures owned by M&C Coleman. The African Ringneck of S&P Fisher was second best in section with the same partnership also benching third best in section, a Canary Winged Parakeet. Behind the leading Conures in the current year bred section was the same exhibitors Cockatiel.

Best Lovebird was the Pastel Blue from S&P Fisher with J Moore’s normal Peach Faced being second best. The current year bred Lovebirds were led by M&C Coleman’s Pied Pastel Blue whilst second and third both went to R Smith with a Lutino Peach Faced and a normal Peach Faced. 

Other award winners were two Ringneck exhibits owned by R Smith and J&C Browne, the latters Pied Peach Faced, and S&P Fisher’s Pied Jade Peach Faced.

The Australian section received an increased entry of 53. The award for best went to G Coe with a good Parson Finch. A Hecks Grassfinch owned by M&J Wilkins was second best and best current year bred Australian whilst D Brown’s Diamond Firetail was third best Australian and second best current year bred. Following these exhibits in the specials list were the Red Headed Gouldian of D Brown, G Wincomb’s Orange Headed Gouldian and a Cherry Finch owned by D Nudd.

There were 157 seedeaters staged with the award for best common going to an excellent cock Strawberry Finch owned by G Rudrum. Closely following this in the common section were the Sundevalls Waxbill and St Helena Waxbill of L&S Ward. Completing the specials were the Orange Cheeked Waxbills of W&J Savory and a Silverbill owned by Mr & Mrs G Coe which was also best current year bred common. A pair of Red Eared Waxbills and a Cutthroat, both owned by W&J Savory were second and third best common current year bred common followed by the Red Billed Firefinch of D&K Woodhouse.

The award for best rare seedeater and best seedeater in show went to M&J Wilkins with a Red Winged Pytilla. A Yellow Bellied Waxbill owned by D Brown was second and was followed by N Elliston’s Red Crested Finch which was also best current year bred rare. The Cutthroat/Red Headed Finch of W&J Savory and hen Violet Eared Waxbill of N Elliston completed the best in section specials. Following the Red Crested Finch in the current year bred section were a Peters Twinspot entered by P Harvey and the White Java of D&K Woodhouse.

 

The softbill section was headed by C&S Allaway’s Bay Headed Tanager which was also best in show for the third consecutive year. D Nudd’s Plumbeous Redstart was second best softbill and third best in show, andthe other specials winners were N Elliston’s Swallow Tailed Manakin, and C&S Allaway’s Cedar Waxwing. The current year bred softbills were led by J&C Browne’s Glossy Starlings.

The leading nectarfeeder, and second best in show, was the Black Headed Sugarbird of C&S Allaway followed by the Scarlet Chested Sunbird owned by N Elliston and another Black Headed Sugarbird, this one owned by D Nudd.

The Zebra Finch section was led by the Normals of P Ankin which were also best champion adult. The same exhibitor also won the award for best champion breeder. D Brown won the awards for second and third best champion adult with E Bell’s fawns being second best champion breeder.

The novice classes were led by T Butler’s Dilutes and Chestnut Flanked Whites whilst D Webster won the breeders award with Fawns. J Gibbons won the award for third best novice breeder.

The Bengalese section was poorly supported with I Sheldrake winning all the champion awards. The novice award s were won by M Day and Mr & Mrs B Goose.

There was an increase in junior entries. The award winners were B Howe for best junior with a pair of St Helena Waxbills, S Cox with a Cockatiel and S Mayson whose Kakariki was best current year bred. S Mayson also won best Zebra Finch with Fawns whilst S Cox won best Bengalese.