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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #1502 by Peter Moore
Well i managed to attend this event of which i thought was well attended and met many friends there a lot of who have not attended a bird show? sale event for many years.
The British Softbills were well supported with several coloured mutations of Blackbirds thrushes & Starlings sadly very few Foreign softbills were there maybe next year will be better, but Redlegged sugarbirds, Japanese blue & white flycatchers, Chestnut flanked zosterops, Grey backed thrushes, Spreo starlings, were seen.
I was pleased to meet up with Jay Fleming also attended along with 4 Dutch softbill keepers.
Well done to Andy & Don & there team for there effort.
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1 year 10 months ago #1503 by Jonathan Stephenson
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It was an awesome event with a really great atmosphere...a chance to exchange ideas and views with likeminded keepers.

In the sales section there were numerous foreign softbills: Pekin Robins / Red Legged Honeycreepers / White Rumped Shamas / Snowy Crowned Robin Chats / Turacos / Red Whiskered Bulbuls / White Ear Bulbuls / Chestnut Flanked Zosterops / Senegal Zosterops / Purple Glossy Starlings / Emerald Starlings / Red Vented Bulbuls / White Line Tanagers / Chestnut Backed Thrush / Bearded Barbet / Klaas's Cuckoo / Amethyst Starlings / Spreo Starlings / Blue & White Flycatchers / etc etc. Mnay sold quickly in the first hour or two.

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1 year 10 months ago #1504 by Jonathan Stephenson
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SUFFOLK SOFTBILLS have announced the date for 100% SOFTBILLS next year:
Sunday 11 October 2020

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1 year 10 months ago #1505 by Gary Brailsford
Well attended Show and we'll organized
Foreign Softbill were outnumbered but still plenty to see in both sales and exhibition
Next year's will be even better I think
Spoke to several who could not make it , who will definitely be there at the next one
All are top foreign softbill breeders and former showmen

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1 year 10 months ago #1506 by Gary Brailsford
I also found myself being the softbill answering service , much to the amusement of my wife and friends .
With me writing in Cage and Aviary Birds I had one or two challenging questions .
Most were ,,,where can I get Rufous Bellied Niltavas or Royal Starlings from . Lol

Onto 2020 show , which I feel will be even better

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1 year 10 months ago #1507 by Peter Moore
i Agree Gary i think next years event will be better,
i am really glad to see that the pressures from anti bird keeping are not working here it was great to see the british softbill keepers promoting there hobby.
maybe in time the Foreign softbill breeders will oneday start exhibiting again, the reward is not the rosette or where it comes in the show but being proud of what you have attchieved.
Knowledge is learned by on hand experience & from the mouth from experienced keepers.
unfortunately the price and difficulty in Foreign softbills has made it difficult to display this section of showing.
There is no doubt that it is a dying hobby with the younger generation not interested and decisions will be on the many sections by people with no on hand experience.
keep up the good work Gary.

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