Friday, November 26, 2010

Dian's Spectacular Color Bred Canaries

After settling in at the hotel in Plano, Texas, Doyle Johnson and I headed over to Dian and John Clarks home in Carrollton to see their canaries.

Dian warmly welcomed us to their home and provided us with refreshing cold sodas for our tour of their breeding room.

John and Dian are canary boosters dedicated to providing high quality stock for breeding and exhibition. Their web site is

We immediately began discussing canaries and walking around examining them.

Promptly we were invited into their breeding room to view their breeding stock and invited to critique their birds!

Most cages had only one gorgeous bird but for each variety their were numerous equally good specimens! There were dozens of identical beautiful red intensives!!

And also dozens of equally beautiful Non-intensives!!

And then the numerous fantastic Rose Ivories!!

Followed by a good selection of yellow intensives!!

And Red/Black (Bronze)!!

And some very Beautiful Staffords!!

But surrounded by all those beautiful birds, this Stafford immediately took my eye and once I had a full view, my heart!

Wow!! What a bird!!!!

Too quickly, after a most enjoyable afternoon, it was time to head back to the show.

The next morning, when I approached the Stafford show bench to begin judging, I was really surprised. There set Dian Clark, she said " John and I want you to have the Stafford you loved so much!" Tears filled my eyes as I accepted the Special bird!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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I won BEST NOVICE Award at the SOUTHERN BORDER Canary Show in
October 2005. Its an all Border show that generally attracts
around 500 + Borders, exhibitors coming from all over
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mosaic and Striation Patterns

While judging colorbred, I like to show pictures to illustrate mosiac and striation patterns. The National Colorbred Association uses the Belgium COM standard.

Very good illustration of Mosaic Patterns on the cock and hen. Note the wing butts not the wings are colored and the proper mask on the cock. The hen's eye mark extends back from her eye and not forward toward the beak.

Comparison of striation on the undiluted black and brown (regardless of ground color, such as red/black - bronze) pictured on the left to the dilute such as agate in the black series and isabel in the brown series.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Phenomenal Lipochrome at LA Show

Colorbred display stands.

Best Lipochrome in Show, Red Intensive Exhibited by Felix Calero! This bird is fantastic!! It is the best red intensive I have seen this year!! Judge Linda Hogan

Click on this photo and note the evenness and intensive of this birds red color!

2nd Best Lipochrome, Beautiful Recessive White Exhibited by Alfredo Rocha. Judge Albert Silva

3rd Best Lipochrome, Red Frost Exhibited by Alfredo Rocha Very Nice color and even fine frosting. Judge Linda Hogan

4th Best Lipochrome Rose Ivory Exhibited by Felix Calero Very Nice Color. Judge Albert Silva

American Canary Fanciers 31st Annual Bird Show San Pedro, CA

View looking out the show hall windows.

All the birds were displayed on show stands!

Best Type in Show Gloster Corona Exhibited by Richard Sampson, Judge Raquel King

Best Stafford in Show - Exhibited by Donna Minor, Judge Linda Hogan

Congratulations Donna, Great Bird!!

Best Old Variety in Show Frill Exhibited by Salvador Servin, Judge Daniel Maldonado

Best Lizard Exhibited by Bill Jackson, Judge Daniel Maldonado

Exhibitor Edith Benites with their 2nd place Fife, Judge Raquel King

Best Consort, Exhibited by David and Edith Benites, Judge Raquel King

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

At The Chicago Show

Show Visitor, Robert Bennett, Noted Border Breeder and Judge from Northern Ireland, offered helpful suggestions to Tom Lauber on his Borders.

Type Judge, Rudy Diehl studies the type entries.

Best Hartz - Exhibited by Robert Wild

Lizard Exhibitor - Ken Stubbart

American Singer Exhibitor Ed Medrano

Steven Goin and Precious Diva (Note the dog's painted toe nails!)

Wow, what a ride to the airport!!