MOOREBANK'S Jim Baker knows a good bird when he sees one.
His track record of breeding show winners is testament to the fact.
On Thursday Mr Baker, together with a selection of pedigree budgerigars from his flock of more than 200 competed at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.
He came home with 12 placings in different categories, including several firsts . . . just like he did in 2013.
Mr Baker has been breeding birds since he was 15 years old.
"I branched into the budgies 25 years ago because it is a challenging hobby," the 66-year-old said.
"Every year you are always competing with different competition and it is always competitive."
One of Mr Baker's winners last week was declared best in the clearbody category.
"I specialise in probably three varieties: the recessive pied, lacewing and clearbody," he said.
"I probably have about 14 of the 23 different varieties and I have got record books that go back five generations."
He said budgies were fairly easy to look after and breed compared to other cage birds, like canaries.
"It is a life challenge really," he said. "Now that I am retired I have a lot more time.
"The best of the best is used for breeding . . . but the better they are the harder they can be to breed."
Mr Baker is so passionate about the birds that he also serves as a senior judge with the Budgerigar Society of NSW.
"They are a good pet," he said. "And if you want to spend the time, they can be easily trained."