i just stumbled upon the wondrous budgerigar portraits by fine arts photographer leila jeffreys. they struck a cord with me as i really love budgies - though she photographs other birds as well. our budgie janneke in belgium was a part of my family for thirteen years when i was growing up. currently, blue and grey take up residence in our living room. they are very social birds who love to be around people, and they can be loud too - when things get out of hand, their cage gets covered by what we call the shut-up quilt. it works.