L-R Normal, Silver, Penguin Hen, White
Think it's a Silver--light gray head, mottled feathers
Mix at the seed dish
We are the future...
Normals comparing stripes
Comparison of colors between Silver and Normal
A little fluffy due to bathing and preening
It's Millet Time!
Some of the Soul Patch Kids
Fat and Contented Mutation Machines
Soul Patch Kid, wing extended ready for takeoff; Saddleback behind it.
OK. I'm back at it with a few more...July 25.
Not a Zebra! This is a Brown Twinspot. He is old as the hills and slouches a lot and looks like he belongs in the comic strip, "Shoe."
This beautiful girl is a White Zebra.
I used a flash for this and the next one...
Gray, CFW and Normal Zebras.
Another pretty white, but with teardrop.
Looks like a young Penguin hen.
Not a mutation. It's a Grey Singer.
Spent millet and coco fiber make the perfect nest.
But there's a pre-fab if you're in a hurry...
The website has been pretty dormant for a year, due to some medical conditions I had to deal with. Hopefully, the full knee replacement last month is the end of it for awhile.
I decided to treat myself to a new camera, a Fuji FinePix SL300. This is my first digital camera, and so much different than the 35mm and twin-lens reflex I used in college to take sports photos. At least I am used to taking pictures of fast-moving objects.
These images are from the first two nights of taking pictures of free flight Zebras in one of my bird rooms. There's room for improvement and these were intended to help me learn all of the whiz-bang technology. One of the reasons I bought the above-mentioned camera is that it has a viewfinder as well as the 3" viewing screen. Steadying a camera against your face is a plus! It also has a 28mm-500mm optical zoom and a macro setting for taking close-ups.
My favorite image is the first one here, a pied silverback Zebra, comfortably slouched down. Cute.
Pardon some of the "dirt." In an open flight, it doesn't take long for most surfaces to get hit.
If there is a theme at all, it is to show off some of the many mutations I have. I let the birds go free flight, if I remember, when I broke my shoulder in 2010. It was a convenience of taking care of them easier.
It also let them decide on the mating process. Earlier this year I began to realize they had done a pretty good job and extracted several mutations from their genes. Among them were the Penguins, Saddlebacks, and Silvers. I already had whites and CFWs being produced.
All of these birds came from an initial stock of 2 pied, 1 white and 5 normal Zebras I bought at Petco or Petsmart about 4 years ago.
I think the results were pretty good for non-pedigree finches. It reinforced my belief that there are some good genes in all of them, and it just takes a good diet to improve on the stock. Of course, selective breeding may eventually develop an even better looking bunch. And I plan to do that in the future.
I had some energetic plans when I first began breeding finches, but due to the way Mr. Arthritis is gaining on my body, I've scaled back and don't plan to ever get past the hobby level.
Anyway, here you have a glimpse of what my birds have been up to while I've been tending to mending myself.