Since the last article, when it was advised that the Royal Easter Show was cancelled; further deterioration in the Corona Virus has seen all Shows at National, State and Club level cancelled, along with all bird related meetings and associated activities.

Sadly, Hills Branch advises the passing of Peter Dodd, a foundation member of the branch, long term Past President, whilst also in various positions on the Hill Branch Committee. Peter was also awarded Life Membership of the Branch.

Peter was a New South Wales Judge and National Judge, providing many years of service to the Society in those positions. A great number of current and retired judges have been mentored by Peter. Always a source of information and advice to new and junior members, he had the depth of knowledge about the budgerigar, that breeders andexhibitors in general would seek out his assistance.

For many years, Peter also held the position of President of the Budgerigar Society of New South Wales, along with various other positions at a State level. Life Membership was bestowed on Peter.

As an exhibitor, Peter was renowned as a leader in the breeding of the Blackeye Variety but also bred the Clearwing Variety at a very high standard. At the 2019 National Titles, Peter was awarded the Gold Logue (1st ) for the Clearwing Variety and 3rd in the Blackeye Variety, after competing at Club, then State level to allow representation of N. S. W. at the 2019 National Titles.

Know the Variety;
– Blackeye Self: Yellow or White body, Wings and Tail to match body colour. Black eye with White iris.

– Clearwing : Green or Blue body, Wings clear white or yellow, clear tail, Blackeye with white iris.

Budgie Facts;
– There are two species of pet budgie, the English budgie and the Australian budgie which is a little smaller and more like the birds you see in the wild. The English budgie has been developed over many years from the Australian budgie that found its way to England many years ago.

– Budgies can poop every twenty minutes. No wonder their cages get dirty quickly!

Hills Branch meets on the 4th Friday of each month except December at the North Rocks Community Hall, North Rocks Road, North Rocks, at 8pm visitors are welcome. NB No meetings until all restrictions in respect of the Coronavirus have been lifted.

Care to be part of a hobby that can be enjoyed by an individual, partnership or family? Contact should be made with Ray Galbraith by telephoning 9653- 1538 or e-mail [email protected]