Monday, December 7, 2020

2020 Christmas Party at Prairiewood Community Centre

Wednesday the 9th of December 2020 at 7:30pm will be our annual Christmas party.

We will have certain measures in place to adhere to our COVID safe plan. Typically we ask for donations of food etc but this time round we will not be asking for that. The club will supply all the food. We will have the usual Pizza, Prawns and KFC, as well as something for dessert. 

We will also have a slight change to our usual Christmas Party raffle. This year we will be having a bird raffle so all prizes will be birds, we encourage members to bring along some birds to donate in the raffle. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

FSA Online Auction Details December 6th 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to run our usual December bird sale at the Prairiewood Hall. Instead the committee has resolved to run an online auction on the same date.

This is the link to the auction site. Finch Society of Australia 2020 Online Auction | 32auctions  All buyers must pre-register before the day and create an account. It is free to setup an account, you just have to include your paypal/bank details so that if you are the winning lot you can pay for them. 

We view this as a great opportunity to trial an online auction as most people are open to trying new technologies. If all goes well then we would look to add an online auction as an annual event, likely earlier in the year.

We intend to recommence our normal first Sunday in December FSA bird sale in 2021.

Auction will be run as follows.

  1. Sellers submit an Auction Entry Form by the Friday evening December 4 th 2020. Auction Entry Form to include a list of birds (lots) the seller would like to enter in the auction. Generally, each lot will be a single pair of birds.
  2. All lots will have an agreed reserve price based on our current 2020 FSA Price Guide – these prices will form part of the Auction Entry Form. We have organised local Sydney specialist bird shops to purchase all lots passed in at the pre-agreed reserve prices. All sellers are guaranteed their birds will sell for the reserve price or above.
  3. Seller must provide details of their Animal Keeper Licence (AKL) for all lots containing native species requiring a licence.
  4. All bird lots will have a premium of $15 added to the final sale price to cover the cost of carry boxes. $10 per carry box is refundable if the carry box is returned in good order.
  5. On Saturday morning Auction coordinators allocate lot numbers to seller’s lots. We anticipate a maximum of 200-300 lots. If more than the number of entries we can accommodate are received then the number of entries for each seller will be capped and/or the number of lots for a particular species will be reduced. Sellers will be informed if some of their lots need to be withdrawn.
  6. Early on the Sunday morning sellers deliver birds to the Prairiewood Hall. All birds will be health and quality checked with the steward’s decision final.
  7. Birds forming each lot are transferred into a show cage where they are photographed (up to 4 photos) and the lot is entered into the computer system. Each lot is then transferred into a carry box marked with the corresponding lot number.
  8. Sellers leave the venue once their birds have been processed. There is no need for sellers to return to the Prairiewood Hall.
  9. The Online Auction commences at 10am. In addition to birds, the auction will also include all sales table products as well as major raffle tickets – these will be at “buy it now” prices.
  10. The Auction begins to conclude at 2pm.
  11. For lots of the same species we will stagger the end times. For example if there are 5 lots ofPainted Finches, then each will end 10 minutes apart to enable losing bidders to bid on subsequent lots.
  12. If a bid on a lot has been received within 3 minutes of the end of the Auction then the end time for that lot extends for a further 3 minutes. This process can continue for up to 30 minutes.
  13. Auction bidding should conclude completely at approximately 3pm.
  14. Buyers pay for their lots and any “buy it now” products online via PayPal which accepts all major credit cards – a PayPal account is not required. As part of the payment process the buyer indicates the pickup location closest to their location from a range of possible locations. A range of locations will be specified including the Prairiewood Hall, Central Coast, Campbelltown, etc.
  15. Volunteers at the Prairiewood Hall sort birds based on buyer and delivery location.
  16. Lots that have not been paid for in full by 4pm will be offered to the next highest bidder or will be passed in. These lots and any other lots passed in will be delivered to local bird shops for sale at the reserve price.
  17. Volunteers transport lots to their final location.
  18. Successful buyers collect their winning lots and “buy it now” items from their preferred location commencing from 5pm through to 9pm depending on location and volunteer travel times.
  19. Buyers purchasing licensed species must provide details of their Animal Keeper Licence (AKL) before birds will be handed over. Failure to provide AKL details will result in forfeit of payment for that lot with funds retained by the FSA.
  20. Sellers will have their funds transferred into their bank accounts during the following week. Transaction, bank and auction fees will be deducted from seller proceeds. To cover hall and other outgoings the FSA will retain 10% of all net proceeds after all fees have been deducted.

Online and in person Auctions run by other finch clubs and other species, such as Budgerigars, have proven popular with most lots exceeding expectations.

Further details, including copies of the Auction Entry Form will be emailed to all members. If you have not been receiving emails from Maddie then advise your email or contact a member with an email so you can obtain a copy of the Auction Entry Form.

If you are available to volunteer on the day then please let Maddie ( know.

We look forward to your support.

The FSA Committee.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sydney FSA Bird Sale on December 9th at 10am

The sale opens from 10am at the Prairewood Youth Centre hall.  

Much more than a bird sale.  There will be various displays, trade tables, FSA sales table and draw of our major raffle at midday.  Don't miss this event.  

Sellers MUST be an FSA member of one of the FSA branch or affiliate clubs. Non-members may become members on the day in order to sell.

Sellers must arrive between 7:30am and 9:30am.  $1 per bird to sell, minimum $5 per seller.

To avoid disappointment on the day all sellers are advised to book a table by Wednesday 5th December 2018.  Table Bookings to Jason Holmes on 0402 492 350  or email .

NSW Bird Sale Code of Practice will be enforced.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

On The Perch bird park trip Feb 17/18 2018

FSA Bus Trip to On The Perch

There was enormous interest in this trip from all present at recent general meetings. As seats are limited, to be fair to the hundreds of members unable to attend meetings the committee decided it best to open reservations on the day magazines are due to arrive in your mailbox (magazines left in the post Monday December 4th). As you would know, Australia Post can be somewhat variable, hence this email. You would be well advised to reserve your seat immediately to avoid disappointment. Full payment is due before Christmas so we can finalise arrangements. If, for some reason, the trip does not go ahead all money will be refunded. Priority to financial members of the FSA. Thanks, in advance to everyone involved in organising this trip.


Sat 17th Feb 2018
7:30am Park cars on Sam Davis property at Douglas Park in preparation for departure by 8am
9:30-10:30am Aviary tour, morning tea in the Shoalhaven area.
12:30-1:15pm Lunch at Batemans Bay
3-4pm Aviary tour and afternoon tea in the Bermagui area
5pm arrive at overnight accommodation in Tathra
7pm Dinner at Fat Tony's -  
Sun 18th Feb 2018
7:30am -10am On the Perch bird park - (includes cooked breakfast)
11:30am Brief morning tea stop in Cooma to stretch legs.
1-3pm Canberra for lunch and Canberra Walk-in Aviary -  
5:30pm Estimated return to Douglas Park

The Deal

Total Cost $250
• Luxury Coach Travel (includes Toilet for the older folk!)
• All meals full catered
• Cabin/family unit style accommodation
• Entrance to all attractions
Secure Your Seat
Reserve your seat by contacting our FSA Secretary Brian Read now:
• Email  
• Text or phone Brian 0408 660 332
Pay in full before Christmas to secure your place:
• Credit Card details when reserving your seat.
• Direct deposit into the FSA account—BSB 062304 ACC 0080 0209. Include your member ID (refer front of magazine envelope) in the description.
• Cheque to FSA. 23 Moores Rd, Glenorie 2157.
Priority given to financial members of the FSA.
Seats are limited—Act Now

Sydney Royal Aviary Bird Competition March 26/27 2018

If you’ve never entered birds in the Sydney Royal then 2017 is the year to make a start. Free show entry tickets for all competitors plus great prizes on offer! The total value of the finch classes prize pool currently stands at $1250.

The more entries in the finch classes the better the spectacle – you never know you may just win Grand Champion!

To enter online or download Application, simply visit

We can assist with finch entries and any other questions by contacting - Ivan Cindric 0428 656 653

Closing Date - Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 5:00pm

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Threatened Species in Aviculture

 Sydney Royal Easter Show April 6-19th

Are you going to the Sydney Royal Easter Show?
Make sure to check out the Aviculture working with Threatened Species display. 
We're in the Pet Animals pavilion - Hall 3 - walk through from the dome.
7 aviaries, 7 threatened species.
Rolling talks by TAFE animal care students.
A project of:
The Finch Society of Australia (FSA) and The Avicultural Society of NSW (ASNSW) together with some fantastic sponsors.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sydney Royal Finch Show 2017 - April 6/7

In 2017 Finches are the feature breed, so we will pull out all stops. There’s a larger venue, meaning more display space. If you’ve never entered birds in the Sydney Royal then 2017 is the year to make a start. Free show entry tickets for all competitors plus great prizes on offer! The total value of the finch classes prize pool currently stands at $1250.

As well as the show, there will be a range of display aviaries, setup for the whole two weeks of the show. The Sydney Royal is a fantastic opportunity to show off aviculture to the public.

The more entries in the finch classes the better the spectacle – you never know you may just win Grand Champion!

To enter online or download Application, simply visit

We can assist with finch entries and any other questions by contacting - Ivan Cindric 0428 656 653

Closing Date - Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 5:00pm