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Lizard canary basics, part 14: the rise and rise of rowings

Rowing, also known as breastwork, borst tekening, and dessin de la poitrine et flancs (1) has been the rising star in the Lizard’s firmament for as long as I can remember.  Anyone who has studied the Lizard’s ancient history will know that the popularity of rowings has been growing steadily for much longer than that.... Read More
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Lizard canary basics, part 13: in fine form

My guest contributor this week is Ernest Gracia, an OMJ judge living in Gibraltar, and presently a co-opted member of the IOA committee, as its representative in Gibraltar.  Ernest is not a Lizard canary breeder, but he takes a special interest in the breed and is regularly invited to judge at the two Spanish Lizard […]... Read More
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Lizard canary basics, part 12: head and shoulders

“The spangling is clear and distinct, each individual spangle being clear of another.  It extends from the back of the cap in perfectly straight lines to the wing coverts, each succeeding spangle progressively larger than the one nearer the neck.” Extract from the LCA Description of the Ideal Lizard Canary... Read More
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History, part 5: the Huguenot legend and the comfort of opinion

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort […]... Read More
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Lizard canary basics, Part 6: the cap from a different perspective

I didn’t think there was much more to say about the cap, but an interesting point raised by Joe Coakley has persuaded me to return to the subject.  I thought I could best respond by drawing the cap in context (i.e. as part of the complete bird); then it seemed a good idea to illustrate […]... Read More