Through the Bars – without Flash

Following the 2010 Budgerigar Society Club Show, we received an e-mail from Terry Tuxford which related to the Budgerigar Society’s earlier decision not to allow the general public to take photographs with flash.

This seems a sensible move in view of the major winners being hounded by flashes for two days on the run – even though the scientific published material in Scientific American stated “Flash has no effect on the eyes according to the latest research”.

Tuxford uses a Nikon Coolpix 5600 with a macro setting with the flash off!

This camera has a very short shutter lag (which is a must for this specific type of work), with the camera lens close up to the bars of a standard show cage.

Credit is acknowledged to Les Martin’s BS Club Show Winner in 2010 (the super Grey Green cock) and to Mrs Sheila Burne’s wonderful Spangle Skyblue cock bird (which sadly passed on recently).

Our thanks also go to Terry Tuxford, for passing both photographs to us as well as helping fanciers to choose a camera that allows great pictures to be taken where a ban on flash is in force.

Please click on the images below to enlarge them.


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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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  1. Barrie Shutt says:

    Super pictures Terry, well done.

    Barrie Shutt,

  2. Carlos Araújo says:

    Congratulations, magnificent birds.

    Carlos Araújo

  3. Douglas Curl says:

    I’m really not too sure whether I like this or not.

    I’ve been involved with “show” budgies for about 10 years and in the hobby, in one way or another, for the best part of 30 years – and I can see the division these so called “monsters” could create within the budgie world.

    I have no doubt I will stay in the hobby, but if this is the standard of birds that I have to aspire to, then I have no chance! Oh, except if my pockets are deeper than the Atlantic ocean and my luck is even deeper!

    Douglas Curl, UK

  4. Bertie Swanepoel says:

    Super bird!

    Would love some of those genes in my birds.

    Bertie Swanepoel, South Africa

  5. Outstanding photography by Terry A Tuxford and thank you very much Gerald S Binks for sharing through this beautiful article.

    Habib Ur Rehman, Pakistan

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