In August and September the ANCS held our Spring
Table Shows for members to enter and display their much-loved
cockatiels. This is the second show for 2010 following on from the
Autumn shows in April and May. Holding the show over 2 weekends allowed
for members to bench more birds than if we crammed all classes into one
day. This involved splitting the mutations into two groups and also
combining each show with our monthly general meeting.
It is an opportunity for members to come along to a
meeting on a Saturday afternoon, something often more convenient than a
weeknight, and also a chance to show off those wonderful cockatiels
sitting at home in our aviaries.
As with our Autumn Show, the classes were kept
simple with Normal face, Pastel face and White face classes in each one
of the following:
Additionally, we have
the Pet and Cage Bird Classes. In August we had the Normal and Pastel
Face class and in September the White Face. This allowed members the
chance to bring along their pet or aviary bird in a small cage and
participate without the added expense of the traditional show cage.
As with last year,
the judge was David Heyden, our current Vice President and Leg Ring
Steward, who again did a great job.
Saturday the 28th
of August was our Normal face and Pastel face mutations giving us ten
classes for members to enter birds. A total of 15 Cockatiels were
benched; entries in all of the Normal face classes and in two of the
Pastel face classes.
Normal face Normal
Pied/Pearl Pied (Class combined)
Normal face Solid
Normal face Bird of
Pastel face Normal
Pastel face Solid
Pastel face Bird of
It was a wonderful day with everyone
thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to present their cockatiels before
their peers and have them judged accordingly. It was great to see
Yvonne collect her first Class winner having entered birds in the Pet
and Cage Bird section in our Autumn Show and now progressing to the
traditional show sections and benching a very nice Pearl Pied. David
Heyden commented on the quality of bird presented and how selection of
the winners is getting harder with each show as our birds are
improving. It demonstrates that the more shows you have, the more
accustomed to showing your birds become and the better our ability to
spot a potential winner and bring him or her along.
In the Pet and Cage
Bird Section, both the Judges Choice and Member Vote Choice awards
were taken away by Bradley Watts, Geoff and Jo-Anne’s young son.
It is good to see the younger generation showing interest in aviculture
and I hope this continues into the future.
Our second show was on
Saturday the 18th of September and featured White face
mutations. Again a total of 15 birds were benched covering all of the
five classes being judged.
White face Normal
Pied/Pearl Pied (Combined Class)
White face Pearl
White face Solid
White face Bird of
Again, a great showing
of the White face varieties of the Cockatiel and another very high
standard of bird being presented for judging. David again commented
that the size of birds was very encouraging and whilst all winners
expressed great individual characteristics, i.e. rounded head, rounded
eyes, long curved thick crest, good breadth of chest and back, it was
Jo-Anne’s Platinum which put all these together to produce a bird which
was the best expression of the ANCS Show Standard. Congratulations to
Jo-Anne and Yvonne.
Winners of our Pet and Cage Sections
both, especially Janine who has participated all year and it is great to
see her walk away with a winner.
Lastly, our Judge,
David, was presented with a plaque as thanks for the fine job he did of
choosing our winners. It is never an easy task to stand up and judge
the birds of your peers but he again completed it with much effort and
Overall we had a great
2 days for showing our Cockatiels and it was wonderful to see so many
members attend. Let’s hope we see you all again when we hold our Shows
next year and do not forget to come along to the AGM where some other
presentations will be made. Thanks again and congratulations to all that
entered, all that won and those that came along to view the superb birds
My last thanks goes to
Grinners Trophies at Bowen Hills who supplied the great trophies
presented to our winners and judge. Please support this business if the
opportunity arises just as they support us.