The B.S. Special Event, Seaton Burn, 2012


Another Triumph for The Budgerigar Society


        In his closing speech, new BS President Maurice Roberts referred to this as a ‘Wow’ event, and there can be few, if any who attended this function who did not agree with him wholeheartedly: we know what he meant  -- and that impression flavoured this triumphant event from start to finish.

    What a triumph – and perhaps a swansong -- for Roger Carr, who followed up the great success of the first BS Special Event at Woking last year with this grand affair, which will hopefully serve as a blueprint for a succession of  future functions.

Of course he did not ‘do it alone’, but I venture the thought that his great enthusiasm for this kind of event was very infective, so much so that when he first outlined the concept of the Woking event, with a Northern version to follow in 2012, the officials and members of the Northern BS were quick to pick up the gauntlet and do everything that was required of them – and more - to ensure that the aspects for which they accepted responsibility ran as seamlessly as was possibly.

      That main responsibility was in organising the staging of the Show, Stands and Sales.

    What a team or workers they proved to be (although your reporter knew this already). A strong team assembled early on the Friday morning to prepare the room for the show. Firstly, the carpet in the room had to be covered with a strong plastic membrane, which, rolled out in strips, gripped all surfaces of the carpet to make one full covering, which proved very easy to keep well swept. The membrane was supplied and fitted by Adrian Lovac, one of a number of recently enrolled beginners to the fancy who have done much to bring new promise for the future of the fancy in the Northern BS area

   The Area society Stands – which are so important in completing what is a society-wide event, embracing all aspects of our national and Area society life -- were a popular feature as always and were located prominently at the hub of all events taking place. They certainly added to the ‘buzz’ which was an ever-present feature of the week-end. Their contribution cannot easily be exaggerated !



The Sales section and Trade Stands were situated in a marquee in the grounds – erected in the car park just outside the show hall and lecture rooms. Roger Carr and his team had judged this just right, as the marquee was sufficiently large to accommodate the Sales Birds with ample space for potential buyers to view the birds on offer - and in the immaculate even light that this kind of structure affords; it even had the added comfort of a wooden floor.  The Trade Stands were equally well placed and the two elements combined to make this feature a great enhancement to this memorable weekend.     

    The Sales Section, for members’ birds, showcased a fresh look! In an important innovation, instead of Sales bird entries being classified and entered in the traditional way, fanciers were invited to bring their birds along, suitable labelled with as much description as they required and entered ‘at the door’ --- having previously notified Adrian Richards, earlier in the week, that they intended bringing a  Sales Team. This aspect of the event also ran extremely well.

  Everything, including the NBS’s staging, was thus in place and ready to receive the various entries and stands by late afternoon, until 9:00pm. 

The first event for visitors was the Evening Buffet and Get-together, a very pleasant opportunity to spend time with friends, old and new. An enjoyable Buffet meal was shared, following a speech of welcome from Dave Hislop, in one of his last duties as retiring President of the society. 

On the Saturday morning, Show birds continued to be accepted up until 11:00am, while the non-fanciers boarded a coach to go to The Gateshead Metrocentre and the equally nationally famous Beamish Museum--both were subsequently declared to be excellent choices of venue. Meanwhile, the first event of the day for fanciers was the Judges and Exhibitors’ meeting; a presentation  on the implementation of the new guidelines for showing and judging budgerigars, given on behalf of the GC by Janice & Ghalib Al-Nasser. This is a very important, but sometimes misunderstood set of guidelines aimed at helping us to improve the standard of budgerigar being sent to the show bench, especially in terms of the colour standards. Many fanciers will assume that this is a repeat of what has gone before, but one particular aspect may have passed exhibitors by; that is that the ruling whereby birds displaying one major fault could not win a major award, from 2013, has been rescinded.

        The Guidelines are an important issue, and it was good to have the opportunity to have our memories refreshed and to give us the opportunity to discuss other aspects of the Colour standards which we should all be seeking to attain.

  Work in the show hall stopped at 11:00 am to give all the opportunity to attend the BS A.G.M.  As in 2011, it was good for older BS members, like me, to see such a large attendance at this meeting, which is always of some interest, even if most decisions are now made by postal ballot. It is always a pleasure to show our gratitude for a year’s work to our retiring President (this time Dave Hislop) and to witness the inauguration of our new officials, (Maurice Roberts as President, Roy Aplin as President Elect) and to vote in the new Vice President. For the Northern BS members present it was an added excitement to see our own C L Bowman elected and elevated to this position. Well done Charlie!

    After lunch, judging of the show started, while most of us attended the second lecture of the weekend, given by Gerd Bleicher. I was fascinated by the title of the presentation “ The Bermuda Triangle  of Normals-Opalines-Spangles and their effect on each other”  What was ‘disappearing’ into the triangle, I wondered, and we soon found out. It was a very well thought out and presented concept and a report will follow – although I believe that only a paper from Gerd himself will do full justice to the subject. Certainly Gerd gave us much food for thought, and much of his findings will apply equally to our breeding of other varieties.

 This was followed, after a brief break, by an Open forum, with a panel from the new BS Council, chaired by new President Maurice Roberts and comprising Beverley Hutt, Donald McCallum, Dave Hislop and George Booth, who answered various points put by the audience.

Among the subjects covered in this fairly brief session was an old question which remains a problem currently, from Eric Peake concerning Dr Baker’s comments about feather cysts in budgerigars. What was the panel’s view about the use of such birds as breeders? Beverley Hutt said that the individual fancier has to take a conscious decision whether to use such affected birds. She does not. Those who do so have to accept the consequences. However, we as a society have to decide where the fancy is going.

Donald McCallum agreed that it is a serious problem and seems to be progressively appearing in young birds. At some point soon, we have to do something about it.

Dave Hislop commented that as a problem it has always been around, but conceded that it is probably getting worse.

George Booth maintains that we, as fanciers, gave created 99% of our problems in birds. This and allied troubles were among the reasons why the guidelines were brought into use. Basically, we don’t want to breed birds which are of no practical use to us – and certainly not to themselves.

Maurice Roberts felt that we are too much inclined to try to move birds on too far. It seems to him that we have changed the pictorial ideal too much – and always before the previous ideal – in all its aspects – has been achieved. At present we seem to look at one set of details, centred around the head, without any real regard to the other features which are so important in contributing to the overall balance of the bird. 

Maurice’s comments were taken up from the floor and there were various points made about the current ideal, and aspects including the proportions of certain features, irrespective of actual size. Many felt that the exaggeration of certain features in the modern bird mar the overall picture of what should be Ideal.

The subject then moved to the problems of persuading folk to take up our hobby, and various things were suggested. One such was that in this exciting time of Increased technology and particularly what can be done ‘on-line’ perhaps we should by putting our shows out as an on-line broadcast; there is no knowing who may pick up such broadcasts and be persuaded to take up the hobby. On the other hand it was pointed out that the temptation of the web is for a large percentage of fanciers to spend time at the computer that would be better spent in the physical company of other fanciers. It is good that the internet can prompt interest in the hobby, but there is increasingly a problem as to where potential new members can go to meet with fanciers and thus bringing their germinating interest in to the full fruition of participation in our hobby in all its aspects. If nothing else, our hobby and all such interests are very much ‘hands on’, and we need to meet in groups to give each other encouragement – and for the overall growth of our hobby.

The final question concerned our shows. Do we have too many classes at present.  Many held that the number of classes on offer reduced the thrill of competition for fanciers, whereas others felt that, especially in specialist varieties, there needs to be a wide range of classes to meet the demand of such enthusiasts. One member ventured the thought that perhaps combining the sexes in the classes offered would help to provide a certain amount of competition.

At this stage, came the judging of the major awards winners, and because of the limited room in the show hall, next door, a judging bench was brought in and the awards placed there. Our congratulations to the major winners Colin Devey (Best in Show and Best Young Bird in Show), T & A Luke (Best Opposite Sex Any Age)  and C L Bowman (Best Opposite Sex Young Bird). These awards allocated, we were left with time to spend in the Sales/Trade Stands marquee, many of us making vital purchases. The Traders seemed to have found there support of this venture well worth their effort, according to a couple of those participants whom I questioned at the end of the event, and my wife and I were able to make various purchases, saving us both time and money.

The show hall was then opened for exhibitors and others interested to view the show. It was at this point that it became rather too crowded for the comfort of all, so some of us delayed scrutiny of our exhibits until we could view them in a quieter period on Sunday morning. Many of us who were staying then made ready for the Dinner Dance, which proved to be a very well attended function. As usual, Pete Hutchinson acted as Master of Ceremonies and we were welcomed and greeted by our new President, accompanied by Janice Al-Nasser, before ‘clapping them in’ in the age-old Budgerigar society tradition. An excellent meal was followed by an amusing, then heartwarming speech from Maurice before we settled down to enjoy the Music from the evening’s entertainment, the duo “Feel the Force”.  An excellent evening of food, fun and fellowship!


Sunday morning left fanciers free to enjoy the various attractions, another coach taking non-fanciers to spend the morning visiting the famous Sunday market on the Newcastle Quayside, while the rest of us prepared to attend the final lecture of the event, presented by Carlos Ramoa, who gave us a very detailed update of the Budgerigar Show Scene in Europe. This was, indeed, a fascinating presentation, giving us the relevant facts and figures explaining the progress of the fancy in most European countries, while also showing us how the exhibition standard of birds has improved over the years. It was indeed interesting to hear how the fancy is developing in Europe.

         Following lunch and a final viewing of the show and the marquee, there only remained the final session, which was dedicated to the Presentations of Awards and the Closing Speech from our President. The Show closed at 15:30, when we started to lift our birds and prepare for our journeys home, reflecting on what had been certainly one of the most memorable events staged by the Budgerigar Society.

      Thank you to all concerned, especially Roger Carr, in giving us such a pleasurable experience.


2012 SPECIAL EVENT SHOW at Seaton Burn

 Another triumph in the long history of work performed for the Budgerigar Society by Roger Carr!!  This, surely, will be the verdict of most of us who have been around long enough to know all that he has done for the society. Some who were at the event thought it his master stroke to bring it to the Northern BS area.

             The diligence and enthusiasm of the Northern BS sub committee, comprising Brian Batey, Roy Cooke, Don Rowell, Adrian Richards, Colin Wright, Bruce Ross and Adrian Lovack, charged with the task of bringing this Special event show and Sales section to successful fruition, was justified vigorously by receiving a recorded entry of 409 birds, from 40 exhibitors, in the competitive arm of this event.  This resulted, ultimately, in a benched entry of  357, which far surpassed the initial expectation for an event such as this, considering that so many top class birds were still assumed to be in the midst of the 2012 breeding programme ; it came as a surprise that the ‘Not Sent’ list was so low!  Hopefully, this comes as an early promise for an excellent entry for the 2012 BS Club Show -- but we must wait and see!

 So, a good entry and most exhibits benched, everything was in place for a successful show. The ground had already been well prepared and meticulously mapped out by Roger Carr plus his team of stalwart fanciers from the Northern BS, led by Show Manager Don Rowell. The room selected as the show hall was excellent – if a bit cosy, but it was pleasant to be able to hold a show in such a beautiful room – without damaging the (well covered) carpet

     Don Rowell had his team of stewards very well drilled, so that judging was completed efficiently and within the time anticipated. As fanciers will have noted from the schedule, the normal requirement to allocate the colour sections to each judge was dispensed with, and instead they were given to the respective judges as they became free. They were asked to complete remarks sheets for the winners of the awards that they selected, and by and large they complied with the request.

 Brian Batey, as Show Secretary was at his efficient best at this event; he was able to implement a system that he developed for Northern BS shows for the catalogue, which was printed in its entirety at the end of judging and contained not only the listed entries but also all awards, including class, Section and certificate placings as one document. A very convenient format for all, and one which will be surely emulated for other small shows!

      The total entry was considerably enhanced by the support for the Sales section, well over 100 entries having been initially received prior to the official opening, and the hire of the marquee was additionally soundly justified by the support received from the commercial side of our fancy in trade stands  -- all available places were enthusiastically snapped up .

 The judging team of  Dave Cottrell, Linda Jukes, Terry Jukes, Ron Pearce and Fred Wright completed their tasks in good time and have again given us a commentary on their placings. Our hearty congratulations to the major awards winners:  Best in Show   was a repeat performance for  Colin Devey’s Grey Green cock which won at Woking. He also took the Best 2011 Bred in Show award  with a magnificent Sky Blue Cock.

Tom and Andrew Luke’s Double Factor Spangle Green Series Hen was Best Any Age Opposite Sex in Show, while local fancier Charlie Bowman took the 2011 Bred Best Opposite Sex award with a Cobalt Hen


 Major Awards 

Any Age Best of Colour Winners 

Normal Light Green   ( 6 birds benched) Dave Cottrell placed the awards, and comments: “Best of Colour went to M Tariq’s Light Green Cock, 601-1, which is a very long bird, well spotted

2nd place in the line- up was taken by Keith Allison’s Light Green, 1-6. Another top-quality bird this, but just a littler narrower than the winner

In 3rd  place, and Best Opposite Sex of colour, M Tariq’s good sized hen,602-1, which was penalised for slight ticking.

 Dark or Olive Green ( 4 birds benched)   Ron Pearce awarded this certificate to P Redford’s good, big Dark green cock, which he had benched in super condition.

The second spot was taken by Smith & Jennings  with a similar bird, 203-1, presented in equally good condition, but a little narrow through the top end.

3rd came E W Freel’s entry, 403-1, but in comparison with the first two it was small and narrow. 

 Normal Sky Blue  ( 3 birds benched)   Ron Pearce reports “ I was very disappointed to note that there was only one bird competing for this award.This was staged by G & J Al-Nasser,5-2.

 Dark Blue    ( 4 birds benched)     Dave Cottrell’s comments :   “Unfortunately, there was only the one first prize winner competing for this certificate, but Alcock & Hislop’s good sized Violet cock,7-2 , was a worthy winner; he had a nice mask

 Despite the lack of entries in other sections, this was a hard-fought-for award, as he came out of a good class of Champion cocks, any one of which could win on another day. A solid bird, this.

 Grey Green  ( 16 birds benched)     The Challenge Certificate went to Colin Devey, for the second year running. Fred Wright placed the awards and comments “A super budgie, 9-1, in excellent condition apart from flights missing in both wings. It was far superior to anything in the class so I made it my class winner. Some might not agree – but on the day I was the judge! When all judges came together for best of the adults – all 5 judges voted for this bird and I clearly pointed out to all that flights were missing. A bird with a wonderful cap and mask – and when it showed well, displayed all the required features to make it a complete budgie – except those flights!”      

Other placings:  2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 10-1  Emerald Budgerigars  3rd 609-2 M Tariq 4th  409-1 J Purvis 5th 610-1  A Lovack

 Grey  ( 8 birds benched)  Terry Jukes   recalls “ Best of Colour was  C L Bowman’s grey Cock, 11-3, a very smart, clean bird in good condition. It has a lovely face – one spot too many- but could have been a little bigger     

2nd  spot and Best Opposite Sex of colour, was taken by F & M Ramshaw’s very pleasing hen,12-3. This is a bird with all the things you would want in a bird. It just needed a few more days spraying.

Opaline Green  ( 4 birds benched)             Best of Colour (13-4) was benched by Keith Allison. Judge Fred Wright noted “This was an Opaline Dark Green cock  - A good Opaline in good condition. Super colour and showed well. Excelled in mask as a good Opaline should be and carried a perfect position on the perch.

 2nd  position went to 613-1  Caffrey & Hall

Opaline Blue  ( 2 birds benched)      R. Pearce describes his awards: “ Best of Colour was T & A Luke’s Opaline Grey cock, 15-1, which is a super bird of great type, with a wide face; unfortunately, he was a little ticked

2nd  T Wall took the second place with another Opaline Grey cock, 215-1

Normal Cinn Green ( 8 birds benched)   Linda Jukes describes her awards “ For Best of colour, I selected T & A Luke’s huge cock bird, 17-1, which has beautiful capping, clean and well presented. Its spots were not quite right, but overall it was an outstanding exhibit. 

Second place and Best Opposite Sex of colour went to Rogerson Bros’ elegant hen, 18-3, very feminine, presenting a well balanced head, with spots nice and low. A beautiful hen

Normal Cinn Blue ( 5 birds benched)   Judge Dave Cottrell, who writes “ I awarded the certificate in this colour to K Allison’s   Cinnamon Cobalt cock,19-4, a very long bird with a bold head

2nd and  Best Opposite Sex of Colour went to Rowell & Heighton’s Cinnamon Grey Hen, 20-1; a much shorter hen, but staged in good condition

3rd  came another Cinnamon Grey hen, this one from G Docherty, 420-1, a nice bird but let down by soft feathering 

Opaline Cinnamon ( 9 birds benched)      Best of Colour went to T & A Luke’s  Opaline Cinnamon Grey Green cock 21-2. Fred Wright notes “ For me this was one of the best birds in the show. A great budgie – plenty of size but retained the correct shape. Lovely face and shoulder. Excelled in colour so frequently lacking on the variety these days. I would have liked to see the bird with a bit better feather quality but it was clean in the cap – for me a bird that I would have loved to take home!

 2nd  621-1 W Haworth 3rd  221-1 T Wall  4th  622-1 and Best Opposite Sex of colour,  W Haworth   5th 22-2 Rowell & Heighton

 Lutino  ( 15 birds benched)    Terry Jukes explains his decisions “ Best of Colour, benched by J Wanless, was a large, good coloured cock, 423-6, with thick shoulders and good width.

2nd  place was taken by Emerald Budgerigars, 23-1, a very good cock but let down by being not for me, today, the good Lutino colour – but a very good bird.    

3rd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 24-1,staged by Emerald Budgerigars, was a smart hen"

Other placings: 4th  223-1   T Wall

Albino   ( 9 birds benched)          Dave Cottrell was allocated this colour and commented as follows on his placings:        “Best of colour was taken by Emerald Budgerigars, 25-2,with a wonderful wide-faced big buff cock   2nd place, 225-2, was  from J Newall - another big, bold Albino cock, whose image was only detracted by slight marking on the wing  

3rd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, a long hen,26-1, benched by Marshall & Shotton took third place in the line-up. A good bird, but she did not carry the same width of head as the two cocks which beat her.

Other placings  4th 426-1 G Docherty 5th 825-1 C Forrest

Yellow Wing  ( 2 birds benched)    This colour group was judged by Linda Jukes, who reports “ I chose G & J Al-Nasser’s Yellow wing Dark Green Cock,  27-1, which was well presented, clean, nice style and was a confident showman.

  2nd  spot was taken by T Lovell’s Yellow wing Light Green cock, 627-1,   a steady bird and lovely in colour.

 White Wing  ( 3 birds benched)     Judged by R. Pearce, who states : “ Best of Colour was taken by Marshall & Shotton’s White wing Cobalt cock, 29-1, of very good colour, and staged in good condition 

2nd  place was taken by T Lovell’s White wing Cobalt cock, 629-1,  again staged in very good condition – but a bit small.

 Crest or Tuft    ( 4 birds benched)              Dave Cottrell reports: “ This certificate was taken by M Tariq, 431-1, with a full circular Opaline Green cock; staged in excellent condition 2nd  place went to 31-1 G & J Al-Nasser’s half circular Sky Blue cock, which was a bit rough and had two shadow spots – but a bigger bird than the winner.

Overall, the colour group was let down by condition

 Spangle Green   ( 3 birds benched)    Linda Jukes, who placed the awards, states “  F & M Ramshaw’s Spangle Light Green cock,  33-1, is a bird of beautiful colour clean and well presented. It stood well on the day and looked really smart

 2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, was T & A Luke’s Double factor Yellow hen, 34-1, a bird with a lovely face; it tends to drop its wings when perching. Lovely colour, and a really useful hen

3rd  was a Spangle Grey Green cock,233-1, staged by T Wall, which stands well nice and steady. Mask a little high, with misshapen spots.

 Spangle Blue  ( 7 birds benched)  Linda Jukes  describes her line-up: “  P Watts  took the certificate  with a lovely Cobalt cock, 35-1, which had very nice spots, clean and well presented

2nd place in the line up went to J Newall’s Sky blue cock, 235-2, which has lovely capping, nice face, but its spots were not quite right.

3rd  place was taken by E W Freel’s Grey cock, 435-1, which had a few pin feathers showing. Otherwise, a very well presented cock.

 4th  and Best Opposite Sex of Colour was J Newall’s Cinn Grey hen, a long bird with nice spots and good stance.

Other placings: 5th  635-1  Caffrey & Hall

 Dominant Pied  ( 6 birds benched)     "1st 37-2 T & A Luke Dominant Pied – a Dominant Pied Dark Green hen 37-2. A thick and solid hen. Not really a great show bird and one that would be better suited to the breeding cage. Lovely wide face and shoulder but lacked a bit of deportment. Good solid colour and showed a bit of variegation.

  2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 38-1 C L Bowman

 Recessive Pied    ( 2 birds benched)          Best of Colour was taken by J Prothero, 39-1 , a  Recessive Pied Cobalt cock which Fred Wright described as “A quality Recessive Pied. Maybe the variety has dropped back slightly in recent years but this was a good example of the variety. Clean and showed good contrast of colour – white to dark blue. If it could be faulted – it was slightly heavily marked on the wings.

Yellow/Golden Face    Terry Jukes allocated this certificate “ I awarded the Best of Colour award to a good, big Yellowface Grey cock, 41-1, benched by Alcock & Hislop. It could have done with a greater width, but had a good deep mask, with round spots.  

2nd  place went to T Wall’s entry which had a very good width of head, 241-2 and nice contrast of colour.   

3rd spot, and Best Opposite sex of colour, was taken by Rowell & Heighton’s Yellowface Grey hen, 42-1, ticked but still the best hen.

Other placings: 4th  842-1 E Newall

 Rare Variety ( 3 birds benched)  Ron Pearce writes “G & J Al-Nasser took this certificate with a fallow Grey Green, 43-1. I had problems with this bird, due to it being a very funny colour, with a yellow ring around its neck. It was, however, benched in very good condition

  2nd  and Best Opposite Sex of colour, place was taken by a slate, 244-1, from A M Carr. This was a big bird, in ‘good nick’, but it needed more feather on its face.

Any Other Colour  ( 3 birds benched)       1st 45-2  was a Lacewing Cock from T & A Luke, about which Fred Wright wrote: “–A really good Lacewing and a super budgie. Markings good and it was in fact as good as any good normal bird. Beautiful shape and still big enough. A real quality bird and probably as good a Lacewing as I have seen in this country.

2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour,  46-1 G & J Al-Nasser


2011 Rung  Best of Colour Winners

Normal Light Green ( 16 birds benched)   Again placed by Dave Cottrell, who comments “ Best of Colour, 301-1,  was  Kevin Thompson’s  wide-faced Light Green Cock. This is a wonderful bird, but just a little soft in feather

2nd  101-5 was D Fisher’s quality Light Green cock, which pushed the winner for the top award. Unfortunately, it was slightly short in tail

3rd and Best Opposite Sex of Colour,102-1, was benched by C L Bowman: a well-sized Green hen, benched in wonderful condition, but not possessing the width of the cocks.

Other Placings:  4th  702-1 A Lovack 5th 501-1 J Purvis

Dark or Olive Green  ( 5 birds benched)  Ron Pearce comments “ A good, big Dark Green of type and quality took this certificate for  T & A Luke, 103-2.

2nd  spot was taken by M Tariq, with a good, long, Dark Green cock, 703-1, which had a very good top end  3rd and Best Opposite Sex of Colour, was C L Bowman’s Dark Green hen,104-1; a nice hen, but lacking feather at the top end.

Normal Sky Blue    ( 18 birds benched)       Best of Colour – and subsequently Best young Bird in Show- went to C Devey’s Skyblue Cock, 105-1. This is a super bird of size, type and feather.

2nd  place and Best Opposite Sex of Colour, went to A Easdon, whose Sky blue hen, 106-2, was a super big hen; a real power bird which was just lacking in condition

Other placings: 3rd  505-2 J Smith  4th  305-1 Smith & Jennings 5th 506-1 J Smith

Dark Blue   ( 5 birds benched)     Dave Cottrell writes “ C L Bowman’s Cobalt hen,108-2 , took this certificate. The hen is a wonderful, top quality, bird, let down by slight flecking C L Bowman

The same fancier took the second place and Best Opposite Sex of colour, this time with a Violet cock,107-4, which displayed a nice frontal, but also was slightly marred by ticking 

Both winners in the colour group were real quality birds, despite the flecking..

Grey Green  ( 12 birds benched)                  Fred Wright comments “  D & P Herring’s Grey Green cock 109.9 led this colour group. I liked the bird. The top end was far better than the body. Lovely face, mask and cap – the bird let himself down with poor wing-carriage which upsets the overall balance of the bird. Lovely condition.

 2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 710-1- A Lovack,    3rd 110-1 C L Bowman  4th  309-1 J Newall 5th 709-1  W Haworth

Grey  ( 24 birds benched)   Terry Jukes awarded the certificate and comments on his line-up “ Best of Colour was a super Grey cock, 111-1, staged by  C Devey. This exhibit was not in the best of condition, with flights were a little untidy, but it was a super bird 

2nd place and went to C L Bowman’s hen, 112-2, which was very pleasing with nice width and a good mask.

3rd position in the line-up was taken by J Newall’s good Grey cock, 311-1; another bird with nice width 

Other placings: 4th  312-1 K Thompson 5th 711-2  W Haworth

Overall, this was a very good colour to judge.

Opaline Green    ( 8 birds benched)            Best of Colour was staged by Paul Redford and Fred Wright described his winner as follows “A smart, good coloured Opaline , 113-2 – thick in the shoulder with a good face. Lacked a bit of deportment and could have been a bit longer in the body. Clean and a worthy winner of the section but not the greatest show budgie – more a very useful breeding bird!

2nd 713-3 W Haworth 3rd 114-1 and Best Opposite Sex of colour, K & B Batey  4th  913-1 C Forrest 5th 714-1  W Haworth

Opaline Blue  ( 10 birds benched)  Ron Pearce  recalls:  “ T & A Luke’s Certificate winner,115-2, was a good bird with real type and a good top end.

2nd , staged by T Wall, was another good big bird, 315-1,  but did not have the width of the certificate winner; it was also down in spot.

3rd place and Best Opposite Sex of colour, went to Smith & Jennings’ hen, 316-1   staged in good condition, but unfortunately a bit flecked.

Other placings: 4th  715-1 M Tariq 5th 116-1 C L Bowman

Normal Cinn Green  ( 14 birds benched)    Linda Jukes writes “1st T & A Luke’s Cinn Light Green hen, 118-1, led this Colour group; a gorgeous, clean and well presented hen. Spots could have done with being a bit more round, but all were present. Nice low mask and good shoulders

 2nd place in the line-up and Best Opposite Sex of Colour, went to Rowell & Heighton’s Cinn grey green cock, 117-1. A stylish, smart bird this, with nice round spots; has a very good colour and stands well.    

3rd  went to A Lovack  717-1

Other placings: 4th  718-1 M Tariq 5th 517-2  E W Freel

Normal Cinn Blue ( 15 birds benched)   Judged by Dave Cottrell, who writes “ R Watts Cinnamon Violet hen,120-2, was my choice for this certificate. She is a nice sized he, with a pleasingly deep mask

  For my second place and Best Opposite Sex of colour,, I selected a Cinnamon Sky Cock, 519-1, staged by   E W Freel

  3rd  in the line-up was another Cinnamon Skyblue cock, 119-5,  benched by R Watts

Other placings:  4th  320-1 J Newall,  5th 319-2 J Newall,

Opaline Cinnamon   ( 9 birds benched)     Fred Wright selected K Allison’s Opaline Cinnamon Grey Green cock 121-4 and commented “Super young bird. Lovely condition and good colour; A great example of the variety – one of the better birds at the show.

 2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 722-1 W Haworth 3rd  122-2 Rowell & Heighton, 4th  522-1 G Docherty  5th 721-2  W Haworth

Lutino ( 12 birds benched)  Terry Jukes recalls “Best of Colour was a very good, stylish cock, 123-1, staged by  G & J Al-Nasser. It showed a little green shading, but was a very good bird

  2nd  place was taken by a Junior bird, 923-1, from E Newall; a very good bird from a lower section. Well done!  

In 3rd  place came another cock, this time staged by Caffrey & Hall, 723-1. A very nicely coloured Lutino

4th  and Best Opposite Sex of Colour was a nice hen, 124-2, from Emerald Budgerigars, a bird which required a little more substance

Other placings  5th 523-2  J Hunter

Overall this was a good colour group

Albino  ( 5 birds benched) Dave Cottrell reports “Marshall & Shotton, 126-1, took the Best of Colour award with a well sized big buff feathered hen. Although a bit rough, she was the best of the bunch.

2nd place went to G Docherty, 526-1, with a very stylish hen – not quite the length of the winner.

3rd  and Best Opposite Sex of colour, came Cyberstud ,125-4, a cock bird which unfortunately showed some Cinnamon markings. 

Yellow Wing  ( 3 birds benched)      Linda Jukes writes  A Yellow wing Light Green hen, 128-1, staged by Marshall & Shotton took the Best of Colour award. This is a clean, tidy bird with good shoulder.

2nd  and Best Opposite Sex of Colour, came a Yellow wing Light Green cock,727-1, from  T Lovell. A nice, long bird this, well presented

3rd  J Smith took this spot with a Yellowwing Light Green Cock which was well presented.

White Wing ( 6 birds benched)  Ron Pearce relates “ Best of Colour west to a White wing Cobalt hen, 730-1, benched by T Lovell . This was a very nice hen of good type

2nd  and Best Opposite Sex of Colour was Marshall & Shotton’s White wing Skyblue cock, 129-1, a nice bird in good condition and of pleasing colour

3rd spot was taken by J Smith’s White wing cobalt hen, 529-1,  again in good condition and colour, but lacking feather across the face,

Other placings 4th  130-1 Marshall & Shotton  5th 530-1  J Smith

Crest or Tuft   ( 4 birds benched)       D Cottrell judged these, stating “ Best of Colour was J Hunter’s Full circular Opaline green cock, 531-1, a clean, well marked cock with nice neat full crest

2nd  came G & J Al-Nasser’s  clean, stylish Full Circular Spangle Green, 131-1. It was let down by poor Spangle marking and lack of spots. 

Spangle Green   ( 11 birds benched)    Linda Jukes judged these and selected  K Thompson’s Spangle hen, 334-2, stating “Big ‘Mackem’ girl ! A beautiful hen, very well presented, with good shoulder.

 2nd place and Best Opposite Sex of colour, went to  R Watts’ Cinn Grey Green Cock, 133-2. I liked this a lot, not quite right on the day, head needs cleaning up, but a very nice cock.

3rd P Redford’s Cinnamon Light Green hen, 134-1, which has a lovely spot: stood well, a nice clean hen. 4th  333-1 T Wall,  5th 933-1  E Newall

 Spangle Blue  ( 11 birds benched)  J Newall’s Spangle Yellowface Grey cock, 335-2 was Linda Jukes’ choice as certificate winner, commenting “ An excellent bird which needs presenting better. Nice spots.

2nd place was taken by P Redford’s Spangle Grey cock, 135-4, a smaller bird, but clean and tidy, although the tail was not right.

 3rd and Best Opposite Sex of colour, came R Watts’, 136-1, a long bird with good mask and well presented. She tucks her head in well

Other placings: 4th  735-1 Caffrey & Hall  5th  736-1  Caffrey & Hall

Dominant Pied   ( 14 birds benched)           Best of Colour 138-2 went to another T & A Luke entry, a Dominant Pied Dark Green Hen. Fred Wright stated that this was “A lovely thick solid bird. Good variegation so vital on a winning Dominate Pied. Plenty of size and fit

2nd  and Best Opposite Sex of colour, 137-7 K & B Batey   3rd  537-1 J Smith 4th  337-1 T Wall,  

Recessive Pied   ( 2 birds benched)         Fred Wright notes “  Recessive Pied Dark Green, staged byJ Prothero, 139-2. (I think I put Grey Green on the certificate) . A long bird – a bit light in the wing. Good shape show bird”

Yellow/Golden Face ( 7 birds benched)  Terry Jukes placed these awards “As Best of Colour, I selected K Thompson’s Yellowface Grey cock, 341-1, a very good all round bird with good width and size   

2nd place and Best Opposite Sex of colour was taken by J Newall’s very smart clean hen, 342-2, which showed excellent colour contrast       

3rd  spot went to P Redford, who staged an Australian Yellow faced Grey cock,141-2. A good big bird, but not quite standing well

4th  142-1 Marshall & Shotton

Overall, a very nice colour group to judge. Thank you”

Rare Variety  ( 3 birds benched)  Ron Pearce judged this group, commenting “I awarded the certificate to A M Carr’s Slate cock, 343-1, staged in nice condition- but small.

2nd and Best Opposite Sex of colour came the same fancier’s hen, 344-1,which again was very small.

Any Other Colour  ( 7 birds benched)       Fred Wright’s choice as BOC was another Lacewing Yellow, 146-1, from the team of T & A Luke A really good, thick feathered Lacewing. Good markings and a lovely deep face. Another really good example of the variety. Could win at any level in this country.

 2nd  145-1 Marshall & Shotton  3rd  546-1 E W Freel 4th  746-1 W Haworth


Any Age Section Awards

Champion Any Age   Grey Green cock

1st  9-1 C Devey,  2nd  19-4 K Allison, 3rd  45-2 T & A Luke, 4th  25-2 Emerald Budgerigars,  5th  21-2  T & A Luke, 6th 5-2 G & J Al-Nasser, 7th  17-1 T & A Luke

Champion Young Bird   1st 105-1 C Devey,    2nd  108-2 C L Bowman,  3rd  107-4 C L Bowman,   4th  111-1 C Devey,     5th 109-9 D & P Herring,  6th  121-4 K Allison,  7th  103-2 Alcock & Hislop

Intermediate Any Age   1st 235-2 J Newall  2nd 241-1 T Wall,  3rd  225-2 J Newall  4th 215-1 T Wall,    5th   235-2, T Wall,  6th 236-2 J Newall    7th  221-1

Intermediate Young Bird   1st  301-1 K Thompson,   2nd  341-1 K Thompson,    3rd 315-1 T Wall,    4th 335-2 J Newall  5th 334-2 K Thompson,     6th 320-1 J Newall      7th  311-1 J Newall     

Novice Any Age   1st 435-1 E W Freel,  2nd 423-6 G Docherty,  3rd 403-1 E W Freel,   4th 420-1 G Docherty,    5th  409-1 J Purvis 6th  431-1 J Hunter 7th  426-1 G Docherty,   

Novice Young Bird   1st  519-1 E W Freel,    2nd  537-1 J Smith,  3rd 511-1 E W Freel,      4th  501-1 J Purvis, 5th 509-2 G Docherty,   6th  520-1 E W Freel,     7th 522-1 G Docherty 

Beginner Any Age   1st 601-1 M Tariq,  2nd 621-1 W Harworth,  3rd 609-2 M Tariq,  4th  602-1 A Lovack, 5th  610-1 A Lovack 6th 613-1 Caffrey & Hall,  7th  622-1 W Harworth

Beginner Young Bird   1st 703-1 M Tariq    2nd 722-1 W Harworth  3rd  710-1 A Lovack,  4th 709-1 W Harworth  5th  717-1 A Lovack,  6th 715-1 M Tariq    7th  718-1 M Tariq 

Junior Any Age   1st 842-1 E Newall,  2nd  825-1 C Forrest

Junior Young Bird   1st 917-1 E Newall,   2nd 915-1 E Newall,  3rd 933-1 E Newall,   4th  923-1 E Newall,  5th  911-1 E Newall,  6th  913-1 C Forrest

  Thanks, and congratulations, to all fanciers who entered birds in this show. Your contribution was probably the most important of all !

 Comment from Fred Wright : “ Please include that I enjoyed the show – especially the judging. It was great to get out of my area – leaving the extreme south for the extreme north – and well worth making the trip. My congratulations to everyone involved with the organisation of the weekend.”


B.S.  Seaton Burn Seminars.

Gerd Bleicher was given a tremendous introduction, by Ghalib Al- Nasser, so much so that your reporters’ stiffened fingers was unable to catch everything that this Euro-legend has performed for the Budgerigar fancy across the sea. Suffice to repeat part of his introduction in the programme. Having taken up the fancy in 1954, he joined the Budgerigar Society in 1966 after visiting the Club Show, and attended every Convention since 1975. Renowned in Germany for quality budgerigars, he has twice won the DSV Budgerigar Show. He has lectured and judged over the world and official societies currently include President of the German BS (DSV) and Chairman of the World Budgerigar Organisation.

  I was fascinated by the title of the presentation “ The Bermuda Triangle  of Normals-Opalines-Spangles and their effect on each other”  What was ‘disappearing’ into the triangle, I wondered, and we soon found out.

In this lecture/presentation, Gerd looked at the effect of mixing the one variety with another, in all the three varieties, the advantages of the pairings and the costs in terms of what can be lost. This applied to all three combinations; looking at the pairing Normal to Spangle, with the aid of images, he pointed out examples where Normals produced from the pairing show a distinct loss of definition in the markings, caused by a loss of Melanin – typical of the Spangle variety. This is exacerbated by fact that the actual feather structure in such Normals is changed by the ground colour of the Opalines or Spangles invading those areas which should show recognised Normal markings.

      Similarly, the offspring of Spangles lose vital features when they are the product of a Spangle to Opaline pairing, again losing the well defined markings that are typical of an ideally feathered Spangle. The Opaline, while perhaps gaining a more robust feathering, is also marred by the change in the quality of feathering and a certain loss of Melanin which is typical of the Spangle variety. Throughout the talk all the problems of loss of features was ably demonstrated by numerous pictures, well illustrating the features that have troubled many of us for some years now. Other graphics were centred around a triangle, charting features sent from one variety to another, and conversely, received from the others.  Gerd showed that overall each pairing described resulted in certain gains, but gains which were more than offset by serious losses in what have been described as integrity of variety content.

 In his country, attention is paid to both losses in pigmentation, the “Opalisation” (Opalescence) spreading into Normals and “Normalisation” occurring in Opalines. On the show bench, judges are authorised to apply points penalties between 1 and 8 on such faults, depending on the degrees of the fault, in any of the varieties so affected. There remains, as here, the debate about the implementation of severe penalties and the danger of thus encouraging generally inferior exhibits.

Gerd asserts that the answer, generally, is to pair Normal to Normals, Spangles to Spangles, selecting well marked birds, with particularly good edging markings or otherwise, well defined normals. At one time, the Spangle to Spangle pairing was not favoured, but he feels that it is the most effective.

    Opaline to Opaline is a must for that variety, and he feels that in time the faults which have beset the Opaline can be eradicated.

    He conceded that this strict selection of mates within their own variety does have the effect of weakening the breadth of the gene pool available and threatens to affect the vigour of the variety, but encourages this  discipline as far as possible, in order to restore the integrity of these varieties.  However, he conceded that in order to restore breeding vigour within varieties, it is necessary to use an ‘outcross’ from  another variety/line to introduce fresh features. He stressed that such introductions must be treated as an outcross only, brought in to serve one specific purpose; having done so, it is essential to return to the stricter format – for the sake of the variety.

   Asked whether he considered that this is also the way forward for other varieties which appear to have lost much of the variety content, he said that he did. It will take longer to restore some varieties, e.g the Clearwing, than it will others, but it is a task well worth committing to.


Carlos Ramao delivered the final presentation of the week-end, on The Budgerigar scene1 in Europe.

This was a presentation rich in graphics, quoting facts and figures regarding the growth of our hobby, Europe-wide, and also with images of budgerigars produced in the various countries over the years. It was an impressive record of consistent, and sometimes exiting, growth.

He reminded us that the budgerigar fancy has secured a solid base in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Eire, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland  and commented (and illustrated) on the development of the fancy and the exhibition budgerigar in those countries

Carlos the told us about the state of the fancy in what he described as The Rising Countries, where the hobby has only fairly recently taken a real hold, namely Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Turkey.

In these countries. ‘newly-born’, the first Specialist Budgerigar shows are being organised, in many cases with the support of the National All-Bird Federations. In Portugal, in 2010, the National society staged a show which attracted more than 100 birds; bird quality is improving fast and the number of breeders is growing. British judges are currently asked to place the awards at these events. The fancy in Turkey is very new and in the first step, with Specialist show judges and classifications being implemented. Spain, already known as a birdkeeping country generally, organised its first Budgerigar Specialist Show in 2010.

Those Rising Countries are held together by a common element, the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale (COM which a 40-member country organisation caring for many different forms of birdkeeping. That societies annual show, held in a different member country each year, attracts entries of between 20,000 and 27,000. In the UK, the COM representation is trusted to COM-UK, formed by the NCA and IOA

Italy is the ‘Star of the Moment’ for the budgerigar fancy. Their quality of exhibits and shows improves every year – with a tremendous increase in the competitive level.

Overall, the Major Budgerigar Shows in Europe are The Budgerigar Society Club Show, the AZ Europaschau (the AZ show), The DSV Bundesschau,  Moenchengladbach, Germany.

All in all, the fancy in Europe is doing well.



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