I had a trip out west on Business recently and ended up in Dubbo, NSW for a day. I had arranged to meet up with a few of the local breeders for some quality budgie time/socialising.
Wayne and Andrew Cusack, John Boss and Ian Reinflesh were my chosen budgie guys. They had a lot of very good birds with contemporary features and size; they have won many major awards as a result of the quality. I was particularly interested in their managements and husbandry techniques. Their climate is very similar to my region and therefore anything that was working for them could be replicated here. The New England region has had patchy breeding results for many years, so some management comparisons would be of great help to maybe unravel the local issues.
After a few hours checking out birds we went to a local club for dinner and one or two beverages. It is refreshing to spend time with guys like these. Excellent company, knowledgeable about their hobby and capable of intense, intelligent debate on various aspects of the hobby.
The time spent with them was rewarding, it was excellent to see how they interact with each other. No big noting, no one trying to push their birds or dominate the group. Just good mates enjoying their hobby.
If you are out Dubbo way these would be a good group of guys to spend some time with. I certainly look forward to their company again soon.