Winning bird stars

Imogen Anstis 10 & Abbie Randell 6 with their winning budgie at the Auckland Metro Bird Club’s annual show at Ormiston Senior College, Flat Bush. The bird won Best Junior and Junior Novice among it’s collection of prizes.

“We nearly doubled attendance from last year. We put this down to the support we get from the media such as the Howick and Pakuranga Times and Botany and Ormiston Times as well as the fact that people in this south eastern corner are getting used to seeing some of the best and most colourful birds in the North Island each year at Ormiston Senior College,” says one of the organisers of the show, David Nicholson.

The club also reached out to local schools and communities with a colouring competition.

Exciting plans are underway for the club to host the next show.

Local bird winners included Juniors Renee Murphy (Bengalese and Zebra Finches) Imogen and Abbie Anstis (Budgies) while some of the ‘older hands’ like Roger Haynes (Budgies) Vince and Lynne Huston (Budgies) Chris Agius (Colour Canaries) Alan Frear (Yorkshire Canaries) Derek and Esme Lourens (Budgies) Dave Nicholson (Gloster & Lizard Canaries) all revealed their winning ‘bird stars!’

Some of the winning birds will be representing Auckland at the big Topflite National Bird Show in Timaru at the end of this month.