Gandalf is back from his trip to Washington where he enjoyed the 4th of July celebrations. As you can see, he successfully avoided any injury due to fireworks.
Gandalf is an ex-exhibition budgerigar (parakeet), which in a nutshell means that he was bred for size as well as appearance. Exhibition budgies are usually twice the size of non-show birds. He is a gorgeous grey-blue opaline and is 13 years old. Thats pretty old for a budgie!
He was given to me by a breeder who was retiring him from stud duties three years ago. Gandalf didnt have any interest in breeding for me, and thats OK. I assume he had just had enough, and I was happy to just provide a 'retirement' home for him.
Although still physically fit, he spends most of his time sitting in a spot of sunlight singing to himself. He has that peaceful nature that often comes with great age. I can think of worse ways to spend my final years. May we all be so lucky.