WHO’S A PRETTY BOY? Terry White, of Redbank Plains, with his nine-year-old pet cockatoo, Casper.
WHO’S A PRETTY BOY? Terry White, of Redbank Plains, with his nine-year-old pet cockatoo, Casper. David Nielsen

A spectacular flight of fancy

IF IT has a beak and feathers, there's a good chance you'll find it at the 14th annual Ipswich Festival of Feathers Bird Spectacular on Sunday, June 9.

Since kicking off in 2000, the Bird Spectacular has built a solid reputation among feather fanciers across the country, attracting more than 1000 paying visitors last year, which didn't include all the under 16s who got in for free.

Co-ordinator Barney Hackney said the event was run by bird enthusiasts, for bird enthusiasts.

"This is definitely a unique event. In fact it is the only one of its kind and one of only five in Australia," Mr Hackney said.

"We should have more than 1000 birds on display with exhibitors coming in from Bundaberg, Gympie, Grafton, Tenterfield and Gunnedah."

A vast variety of budgies, parrots, doves, canaries, finches and pigeons will be on display and for sale at the Ipswich Showgrounds' Main Exhibition Hall.

The spectacular is also a fundraiser, with Riverview group, the Cuppa Club, donating profits.

Last year $1300 went to Ipswich's Sunshine Children's Ward.

Admission is $3 and free for under 16s. For further information contact Mr Hackney on 3294 6484.


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