My name is Mark Bannister, I’ve kept budgerigars since I was 12 years old. I first joined the Maldon Budgerigar club when I was 15. Unfortunately I had to leave the fancy due to my work as a greyhound trainer when I was 22.

In 2011 I revived my interest in the hobby after a chance meeting with a fellow bird breeder. I have been quite successful on the show bench since then and achieved Countrywide breeder of the Year in 2017 and 2018. My main successes have been with the ‘red eyes’ – Albinos and Lutinos.

This year has been my best yet as at the World Show in September I won best opposite sex year bred with an albino hen and best intermediate any age with a grey cinnamon cock.

I recommend anyone to get involved with this wonderful and rewarding hobby.

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