My last entry was on 3rd March 2012, a couple of days before I flew to Dhaka.
It was not long before I realised my stay there would be short.
I was there for about a month and came back to Singapore.
My wife looked Jackie and the beasties.
I had hoped Jackie would bond better with my wife but that did not happened.
As expected, I was ignored by beasties and birdie the first day I was back. Then it was like before. Except Jackie got a lot more bolder with Sieben. From time to time, Sieben would make a rush to the wire screen when Jackie was on the armchair. To my surprise, Jackie flew to the screen to scream and scold Sieben.
My hope for ever loving friendship between the 2 of them got dimmer and dimmer. I tried to foster friendship, in between the rushing of Sieben passed my intervening hands.
Even Ivan could not resist batting at Jackie especially as Jackie took to landing on the arm chair that Ivan slept in. How could I tell Jackie that he should not be too cheeky with Ivan. I had to grit my teeth and let Jackie learned.
I then gave up all hope that they could be friends. It seemed that only my presence and my vigilance allowed Jackie to remain alive should the 2 kitties be about.
Then about a month ago, my laptop complained and complained after I did an installation of Microsoft that I was told was absolutely important to stop virus and shit from hitting my laptop. It got to the point I had to restore the Operating System to the point before I did those installation. So in between referring between Sieben and Jacki in the living room, I came to the PC room to see if I got back my laptop and access to the internet.
At about 4pm, I rejoiced to find I got back the Internet. I loaded up my chess interface and found it worked again. I was so happy as for 3-4 days, I did not play chess.
I played with a vengence. Games after games after games. Ivan came to my ankle to complain he was hungry. I kicked him in the head especially his clawing me at my ankle made me lost a game. Sieben came and did a mock fight with Ivan near my ankles with claws flashing away. The threat of claws cutting me to the marrow was real. I had to rush to the kitchen to pour them kibbles all loaded with etoxyquin and BHA/BHT. I had no time to fix their mash.
In time, I got hungry. So I fixed dinner for myself. Took my dinner to the living room to eat at about 8 pm.
It took me 5 minutes to realised the sliding door to Jackie was left wide opened. No Jackie was flying about. I quickly look about the living room to see if blood was all over. Then I went into the flight room and saw no feathers and blood on the floor. Then I looked into the corner of the cage. And saw Jackie sleeping there.
That for 4 hours, and even when the kitties were hungry, Jackie was left alone.
All the earlier attempts by Sieben to catch Jackie was to bamboozled me because I was watching out for that.
I slide the door shut. I was glad that I tried to make Sieben accept Jackie as friends. The fierce fights those two did , the insults those two gave each other had not resulted into blood death and gore when my vigilance proved to be less than eternal.
And it happened a couple more times since then.
Jackie also did complete hide & seek recalls to me. I was still paranoid of Sieben enough to watch for Sieben. Even when Jackie was also prepared to do voluntary hide & seek recalls to me. I remained silent, not calling to Jackie. And Jackie would still fly around the corner to search for me.
I thought of going to the PC room to see if Jackie would fly to me all the way there to search for me. But I thought that was too much of puerile curiosity. Not withstanding Sieben had not chomped on Jackie yet, I could not carry it that far.
I would call Jackie on a hide & seek recall. Then we walked into the kitchen. Or into the PC room.
The walking about with Jackie was actually part of my progression to taking him outdoors. That he must accept me enough for me to carry him about. Jackie had been taken to all the rooms in the apartment. But it is getting more clear to me in the last couple of weeks that Jackie and I will not get to the stage of both of us being outside together.
When I was in the living room and watching TV, Jackie would fly about interacting with me, and Sieben. Flying near Sieben to provoke an attack when he then flew to my shoulder to join me scolding poor Sieben. It got to the point I could not even scold Sieben righteously.
When I was in the PC room, Sieben joined me there.
More photos in Flickr folder "Jackie in PC room"
More photos in Flickr folder "Jackie in PC room"
Jackie flew very well. To the point a new routine came into our interactions.
I would throw a small piece of bread for Jackie to snatch from the air on the wing.
Some of them posted on Youtube. And in Slow Mo
And another in living room watched by Sieben on back of sofa
Bastard Old Nic.
My fight with him continued.
My Silkquit meter still recording.
I have kicked Old Nic for Three incredible months, three wonderful weeks, four luvly days, 19 bloody hours, 26 misc minutes and 49 odd seconds of cold turkey . 6074 stinking cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,885.20. Life saved: 3 weeks, 2 hours, 10 minutes
Jackie Mash batch 3 finished a couple of weeks ago. So I made Jackie Mash Batch 4 as my last act of love for Jackie. His fruit puree is down to last baggie. I will make the last batch of fruit puree for Jackie tomorrow.
I accepted a contract to work and live in the Middle East in Qatar.
I will be flying out on Sunday 27 May.
This will be a long term contract, a lot longer than the Dhaka job.
Jackie , in his big cat cage, will be going to my friend Cyrus. Jackie will remain inside his cage for a week there. Cyrus will be getting the Jackie Mash and fruit puree and looking after Jackie.
Then the cage door will be opened. My hope is that Jackie will stay in Cyrus garden and house and be feed by him and family. Or Jackie might fly further afield and find other local hill mynahs that Cyrus told me are living in the area.
I do think the photos and videos of Jackie in this report will be the last you all see from me.
Wish Jackie well, whichever route Jackie decide to take.
LiBai mash making.
About 300 grams of beef mince, with 200 grams of chicken mince and 150 grams of dried anchovies(for the calcium). That was all done up to the kitty mash formula I wrote about in
Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
Instead of the almond and brazil nuts, about 100 grams of human grade groundnuts(peanuts) were used.
Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
if you forgotten about clicker training
Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06
Some thoughts on clicker - The initial experience with Tinkerbell
Clicker training and bonding with Tinkerbell
To Shanlung-Charlie and clicker training
Charlie and clicker training - beyond touch target //LiBai on finger and in slow motion videos —
Tinkerbell Legacy - - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
Above is probably the most important of all I have written, and the foundation to all that I have done.
FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.
(edited on 4th November 2011 to include below)
To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside
If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust
I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice