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Long flight to see birds

By Country News

How far would you travel for a ‘chook show’?

Modern game bird judge Ian Simpson decided a 21-hour international flight to one of the world’s top bird shows was worth it.

He recently returned to his Shepparton home after responding to an invitation to be a guest judge at the Federation Championship Show in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom.

He has been judging bird shows since he was 16, and late last year his reputation resulted in the invitation through the Modern Game Club.

Mr Simpson said the hospitality of his English hosts ‘‘made me feel like royalty’’.

He was called on to judge 250 modern game bantams at the huge event, which has thousands of birds entered in the international show.

The winning Bird of Show was a modern game silver duckwing cockerel, and a modern game silver duckwing pullet was chosen as best in opposite sex.

After judging, Mr Simpson was introduced to a number of prominent breeders at different locations around the UK.

He returned to Shepparton in December.