Russell and Gloria Toombs Wulkuraka with their champion bird at the annual Ipswich and District Budgerigar Show. Photo: Rob Williams
Russell and Gloria Toombs Wulkuraka with their champion bird at the annual Ipswich and District Budgerigar Show. Photo: Rob Williams

Budgie spices up city show

WITH a bit of luck and plenty of preening for the judges, feathered competitors have fought it out to take out the top prize in Ipswich yesterday.

Close to 340 birds took part in the annual Ipswich Budgerigar Society show at the showgrounds.

Wulkuraka breeders Russell and Gloria Toombs took out the title of champion bird of the show with their unnamed cinnamon spangle hen.

Mrs Toombs said the hobby had started by accident and now they owned almost 200 birds.

“We found our German shepherd with a budgie in its mouth one day and that was how we got our first one,” Mrs Toombs said.

“Than we got a mate for him and it went from there.”

Ipswich and District Budgerigar Society president Phil Wright said owners took the competition seriously, many making the trip to the event from as far as Toowoomba and Warwick, as well as locally from Ipswich and Brisbane.

He said birds were judged on a range of criteria, such as their overall look and temperament.

“Sometimes the best bird doesn’t win because they are playing up,” Mr Wright said.

Mr Wright said it was a family oriented club whose members ranged in age from 10 through to their 80s.

The Tallegalla resident, who owns about 100 birds, said breeding and raising the birds was his favourite aspect of the hobby.

“You do have your favourites,” Mr Wright said.

“Often you develop favourite families.”

Long-time member Barney Hackney said there was camaraderie among the owners of the show birds.

Friendships made among fellow club members was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the hobby, he said.



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