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Other birds I kept. I also kept some Cockatiel’s in two flights in my garden, at the time a new colour mutation had just been created the White-faced. I purchased a pair of them exchanging some of my Fifes for the pair. I bred a few young from this pair but eventually they all went.


My meeting with a real Lizard canary man. After a year with the Lizards I saw that Mr Stan Insall was giving a talk at a local bird club not that far from my home so I went along to hear his talk and very good it was too. After the talk I introduced myself and within 2 weeks I was in his bird room looking at his Lizards. That same year I brought two pairs from Stan and my Fifes all but disappeared from my bird room apart from a few Whites and Blues. Little did I know at the time how useful these were to be!


I started showing my Lizards at the National and joined the Lizard Canary Association and went to my first LCA AGM in 1990 which was always held on the Sunday at the National.


My first Blue Lizard.


In 1992 at the National in the AOV class [Any Other Variety canary] there were two exhibits that I was told were Blue Lizards, I had never seen anything like them before. I thought they were beautiful and really appealed to me. [I had a soft spot for white in any variety] But how do you get them? I asked around and made the decision to put a White Fife with one of my Silver Lizard cocks. Which is what I did


After a year with the Lizards I saw that Mr Stan Insall was giving a talk at a local bird club not that far from my home so I went along to hear his talk and very good it was too. After the talk I introduced myself and within 2 weeks I was in his bird room looking at his Lizards.


and within two years I had produced a Blue Lizard, which went on to win the best AOV canary at the National and this was repeated the following year. In that fist year it caused a lot of up roar and Roy Stringer wrote an article on it named “Blue Lizards not Everyone’s Cup of Tea” which generated a great deal of interest both in the UK and in Europe. At this point I could have never imagined what would become of the Blue Lizard. In 2011 the Blue Lizard Canary club was formed and that year it had its own classes at the Parrot Society show at Stafford which is now called the “National” and in 2014 20 years after I won Best AOV at the National with a Blue Lizard I won best Blue Lizard at the National.


That same year I brought two pairs from Stan and my Fifes all but disappeared from my bird room apart from a few Whites and Blues. Little did I know at the time how useful these were to be!


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