Over the last
10 years, Colin has placed more and more emphasis on obtaining high
positions in the Association's distance races. He has won the Association's
championship twice (1985, 1995) and has been runner up twice (1990,
1991). He has won a total of 13 open Association races, with between
2000 and 10,000 birds competing. In 1995, he had birds placed in the
top 30 in all but two of the Association's Old Bird races and, in
fact, had he clocked one more bird in the Association's last five
longest races, then fully 10% of all birds placed in the top 30 would
have been his. That year, in the Association's 500-mile race, 30 birds
homed on the day (all after sunset) out of 2500 sent, with Colin clocking
two at 8.10 pm (14 hours 10 minutes on the wing) and a third at 8:12
p.m. to be 18th, 19th and 20th Federation. The next week in the 600-mile
race, he was 3rd, 8th and 11th Federation, with approximately 1500
birds competing. In 1992, he was 1st Federation 400 miles (2856 birds),
1st Federation 500 miles (3444 birds), 1st Federation 600 miles (2634
birds), and 4th Federation 700 miles (2090 birds), a result never
achieved before in the history of the Victorian Homing Association.
He is the current holder of the record for the largest number of Association
positions (bird placed in top 30) ever gained by a single member in
one year (24 positions in 1991). His loft is one of only two in any
Victorian federation to have won more than one Open National, winning
the 1990 600 miles Collarenebri National (5342 birds) and the 1992
400 miles Langwell National (9300 birds). In the 1992 Langwell National,
three birds arrived together to win and the velocity of his sixth
bird was equal to the bird that gained 23rd National. In the 1992
VHA 600-mile race (approx. 2000 birds competing), he clocked the Federation
winner at 7:36 p.m. (13 hours 6 minutes on the wing), his second bird
at 7:51 p.m. (to gain 9th Federation), with further birds arriving
at 8:20, 8:30 and 10:45 p.m., to record a total of five on the day
when less than a third of competing members were able to produce a
clock. In the 1992 700-mile race (approx. 2000 birds competing), he
4th and 20th Federation, and had a further five birds within 2 hours
of clocking, with a total of nine on the winning day (34 sent). In
the 1991 700-mile race, he was 7th Federation (clocking the only cock
in the first 40 birds home) and also had nine on the winning day (23
sent). In 1998 and 1999, the birds continued on their winning way
with the loft again having birds placed in the Association's top 30
in the 500-, 600- and 700-mile races.
Walker was born in 1954 in Melbourne,
Australia. He started racing pigeons in 1969
and graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1979.
Through post graduate examination he became a
avian veterinarian in 2003.
He operates a bird-only veterinary
clinic in the
Melbourne municipality of Knox. As well as being an
pigeon racer for over 30 years he also maintains
containing an extensive collection of
parrots, finches and doves.
He races with the local Knox
club, affiliated with the
Victorian Homing Association, which has
approximately 400 members.
Dr Colin Walker
being interviewed on
of Dr Colin Walker.
| The active competition of racing has lost none of its excitement
for Colin, which, together with the fact that much of his professional
time is now spent dealing with pigeons, places him in an ideal position
to help fanciers with health problems associated with their birds.
Similarly his veterinary knowledge
and personal experience in caring for his own birds as an aviculturalist
enable him to offer veterinary advice from an aviculturalist perceptive
to his other avian clients.
Dr Walker has established two companies, The Australian Pigeon Company and Aussie
Bird Vet Pty Ltd which manufacture medications and health supplements, specifically
for pigeons and cage and aviary birds respectively. These companies are dedicated
to provide the best quality veterinary supplements at an affordable price to
pigeon fanciers and aviculturalists. These products are now widely used in Australia,
New Zealand, UK, USA and South Africa with distrubution to further countries
a plan for the future. It is hoped that bird keepers find these products of value
in managing their birds health.
Dr Walker's 54 aviaries. Dr Walker maintains a collection of Australian
native parrots, doves and finches.
of Dr Colin Walker.
||Dr Walker with Silvere Toye
and George Kypreos
(director of Australian
National Pigeon Association)
Jos Thone with a
copy of his book
(available through this website)
Walker judging at the UK National Pigeon show at Blackpool