Mark Windows with two of his catalina macaws at the Ipswich Festival of Feathers Bird Spectacular on Sunday.
Mark Windows with two of his catalina macaws at the Ipswich Festival of Feathers Bird Spectacular on Sunday. Sarah Harvey

Feathery festival draws big crowd

BIRD lovers flocked to the Ipswich Showgrounds yesterday to enjoy the Ipswich Festival of Feathers Bird Spectacular.

Birds on show ranged from tiny canaries to a pair of giant macaws with a combined value of $26,000.

Event co-ordinator Barney Hackney said the macaws were the star attraction of the show.

"This is the first time they've been here and, while there's so much quality in the other sections, these birds would have to be our feature; they're just beautiful," Mr Hackney said.

Owner Mark Windows said the macaws were part of his hobby.

"They're a great goal, I started out with doves and worked up."

Mr Hackney said the show attracted a strong crowd, and he was pleased to see young people.



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