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Buwah Free Flight 2 // Wadi Harban // Riamfada with Jabris again
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Buwah Free Flight 2 // Wadi Harban // Riamfada with Jabris again



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Buwah Free Flight 2


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.


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.




more photos in flickr folder "Buwah free flight2"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623424097976/


11 Feb 2010 Thursday


There was still spring here. With morning at a nice 16-18C and low 20s for the rest of the day. Perhaps we have another few weeks before the heat of summer beat down on us.

I wanted to have another picnic at Buwah and planned to leave the villa by 930am to have a long day there. I intended to free fly Riamfada at Buwah again. I wanted everything to be as similar as before, including having Dommie and Katie with us there.


Someone forgot to tell the kitties. Calling them or curses on them did not bring them running to me. Perhaps they heard me, but being cats with perverse streak in them , chose not to come to me. Perhaps they were out of hearing range. The thought of trudging about in the neighbourhood screaming for them was not appealing to me. My wife told me she got better things to do as I tried to persuade her to go out and scream for the kitties. I knew it to be futile to order her so I did the next best thing which was to play chess on the Internet.

It was only at 11 am that those two came strolling back into the house. The car was already all packed and ready. I quickly chucked those two together into the cat carrier to show my displeasure at them. Riamfada was harnessed and taken to the car with the kitties in their carrier and we all set off for the day. Then the kitties were let out of the carrier when we were in the car.

There had been a heavy downpour last Sunday. While it was not the intensity of that downpour when I tried to get to Umq, it was heavy enough to caused floodings in many areas with the death of 2 and others requiring helicopter rescues.

I hoped the rains would have brought water back to Al Falaj dam where we saw the flocks of beautiful water fowls a few weeks ago. Al Falaj was near enough to Buwah for us to detour to that dam first. To find that heavy though the rains were, it was not heavy enough to bring that lake back and Al Falaj looked the same as the last week before the rains came.

Dommie was enjoying his time in the car and liked to look out a look more than Katie. So Dom would wander to the back using the cold box there as his throne.

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Or he would get onto me to stick his head out of the window to feel the wind on his face.

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Or he would be on the dashboard the better to admire the road ahead.

We were already off the highway and driving slowly onto the minor roads in case you folks are wondering.


We reached Buwah to find another car at our usual spot. With me wanting to do free flights, and with the kitties, I had to be antisocial and not go there. This was a vast enough area and I picked another tree a couple hundred meters away. The tree had spreading branches like a canopy which I liked for the security I knew it offered to Riamfada. And of course, giving us welcomed shade from the sun as well.

The base camp was quickly set up. The kitties came out immediately and did their forays. Very interesting enough, Katie hardly meowed the way she did at Al Falaj. Katie tended to stay near the base camp or near me when I walked away. Dommie was the explorer wandering to 100 ++ meters away but always returning to us when called. I liked the kitties with us for themselves. They deserved to be taken out with us when we could. It was not just taking the kitties out for the sake of Riamfada.

Riamfada was taken out from her perch in the car and placed on the perch hanging from the boot door. I spoke a while with her and she settled down very quickly. A couple of short recalls were made from her perch to me sitting just a meter or so away to help her settle down even more and then she was back on that perch. With some sunflower seeds and almond seed halves.

Then I removed her leash. She knew.
I had first thought of removing her harness in the car in case that act might spook her.


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Then I thought that in for a penny, in for the pound. Then I removed her harness as well. She knew. She turned her head and looked right into my eyes.

I spoke softly to her and beak rubbed and head rubbed her.

Followed by a very short 1 meter recall from her perch to me sitting on the camp chair. I praised her, offered her sunflower seed to have her removing it from my finger and dropping it to the ground.

I sat there for a while just talking and talking softly to her to settle her even more. She needed split second to fly away. I felt the time spend in settling her was time well spend. I tried more and more to see from her angle, and to do things with her that she liked to do. To maintain with her I am her safety and security blanket and being with me is a nice thing that she would like to do.

The cats were around us, or on top of the car as usual.

I then walked her to my wife to do a series of free flights. Those flights were over short distances, ranging from 10 to 15 meters.



more photos in flickr folder "Buwah free flight2"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623424097976/


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I continued to carry the rod/reel with me as I was used to it and Riamfada used to seeing me holding it. I was reluctant to do things differently as removing her harness totally was a big enough change all together. Katie and Dommie joining us on those recalls were another source of the usual familiarity too.

I kept on talking and talking, It was not just recall after recall. Buwah was even more beautiful that day. While the rains had not done anything to fill the water at Al Falaj, Buwah showed her appreciation of those rains. A lot more rain fell this year than last year. The patina of green I noticed a couple weeks back became a carpet of green herbs with tiny yellow flowers on the ground. Riamfada was on my shoulder as I walked about. I could not see her there. I was reluctant to change her to standing on the rod/reel. If she chose to fly, she could have done that as easily from the rod/reel as from my shoulder.

I relied again on that gut feel that she was ok. The pressure of her feet on my shoulder was firm and no jittery moves detected from her. I walked with my wife and cats , taking in the feel of that place.


Then we went back to base camp. She was placed back on the perch. She decided she liked my shoulder and the back of the camp chair better and flew there, or onto my jeans.



more photos in flickr folder "Buwah free flight2"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623424097976/


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Then to more recalls and back to base camp.

It was time for lunch. I could not focused on Riamfada when I was eating. I also had a Shogun by John Clavell. I read that about 30 years ago. I borrowed from Richard the book Gaijin by John Clavell that Riamfada decided to do her quality check on. I had to buy a new book even though Richard laughed and said no need to do so. In the bookshop I decided to buy Taipan and Shogun as well to re-read them. That was a few months ago.

With Riamfada on the perch hold by my wife, I placed back the harness on her and leashed her up.

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So we could enjoy lunch without having to be paranoid of Riamfada.

And I started on Shogun and got lost in the world of an English pilot, Daimos and samurais, intrigues and betrayals.

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And in a while, fell asleep too.

I woke up to see Riamfada still on her perch. The leash and the harness was then taken off.

Riam loved to fly to my shoulder, grip the Tshirt in her claws and lie flat down across my chest. That was a clear signal to me to give her head rubs, that she enjoyed with her eyes closed.

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We had more free flights down. Riamfada was placed on the back of the camp chair, or on the car door and she would fly to me on cue

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I wanted to try for longer distances. Normally, my wife would turn her perch to face Riamfada away from me while I walked away to a suitable distance. Then when ready, my wife would turn Riamfada to face me for that recall.

Without that harness on, I did not care for Riamfada to be turned around facing away from me. But as I walked further and further, Riamfada did not care to wait for my cue. She would take off and head to me. I tried a few times, but accepted that Riam just did not care for me to be too far away from her.


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In between flights and head rubs, the day passed by.

It was about 4 pm. My concentration level was down and I felt mentally I was not sharp anymore. I thought that to be a good time to place back the harness and the leash on Riamfada.

I thought we would do a last recall. Riamfada was placed on my wife’s perch who could turn her around while I walked further away. I gave the cue and Riam flew towards me. Riam was flying at shoulder level. Except she did not stop , but continued her flight beyond me.

Perhaps she might turn around back to me. I was not going to find out. I thumbed the reel spindle to add resistance and called her to come. She turned around in a big loop. Flew past me and around a low tree and landed on the branch. It was easy enough to pick up a dead branch on the ground, got her to step up and taken down. That leash was cut near the swivel joint and the line reeled in.

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Perhaps I was lucky. But I was glad I trusted my gut feel late that afternoon that it was time to put on the harness and line again.


more photos in flickr folder "Buwah free flight2"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623424097976/


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.


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.


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Wadi Harban


more photos in flickr folder "Wadi Halban "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623300059201/


Every time we went to Buwah, we first passed the Harban/Buwah T junction. We turned to the right towards Buwah. A km or so later, we had to pass by a stream flowing in a wadi . The road dipped in the wadi and became the stream bed.

My wife driving instructor lived in Harban. He told Joy that stream we passed by flowed from the wadi upstream with pools of water and a beautiful place to check out.

So on Friday 12 Feb, we decided to do just that. The kitties were not taken with us on this recce trip.

I had noticed a track on the left side of the road shortly after we ford that stream. That rough track headed for some low hills in the distance. Dust clouds kicked up by vehicles in the distance on that track urged us on.

And we came to a fascinating collection of pools of water. Several families were there in the shade of the trees. Bee hives were set up in a orchard ready for the spring flowers.

We waded into the pool to find tiny fishes and tadpoles in crystal clear cool water.

And with the wadi as backdrop, Riamfada flew to me on recalls.

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I decided to explore on. We got back into the SUV and drove slowly on track and then the stream bed moving upstream to find even more pools of water. Some of the water waist deep with folks swimming in it.


A local was there with his pet monkey on leash. I had to stop the car and with Riamfada on my shoulder, said hello to him. I hope he knew what he was doing. That baby macaque, cute at baby stage. He will grow into a big strong macaque with long fangs able to do a lot of damage unless handled with understanding.

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baby macaque on his shoulder

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We then drove back towards that orchard with its bee hives. The valley forked here and I saw the orchard extent down the other valley and even more bee hives. That other valley had no pools of water.

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And no people picnicking there.

I told my wife this would be a nice place to take the kitties to the next time.

Again, the base camp was set up in the shade of a tree.


We had snacks and drinks and I had my Shogun that I started on yesterday.

Riamfada in her harness and leash was on the perch. This was not a good place to free fly. Not with a cliff on one side and dry wadi on the other side.


more photos in flickr folder "Wadi Halban "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623300059201/


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We did some flights , with me up the slope of the cliff.

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I shifted Riamfada to the low branch of the tree, attached the foraging cup to the branch. The rod/reel was locked and hung on the branch. She seemed contented there and I went back into my book. My wife was wandering around taking photos of whatever caught her eye.

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I got lost into that book . Riamfada took off from the branch. It was not a spook flight. I think it was an exploratory flight. Maybe a bee buzzed her. I really did not know as my mind was into Shogun. The leash brought Riamfada short and she landed on another branch. I stretched the rod/reel to her and she stepped up.

She looked ok and not agitated. I thought perhaps she was not happy placed on that low branch even if I thought it was a nice branch and gave her variety in perches.

I placed her onto the back of the camp chair. I knew she liked that particular place to perch on as long as I am sitting in that camp chair. My wife was still wandering around taking photos of whatever caught her eye.

All was at peace again. I went back into Shogun until it was time to head back.


more photos in flickr folder "Wadi Halban "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623300059201/

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Riamfada with Jabris again

Periodically, I had to leave Muscat to go to my project site 700 km away halfway between Muscat and Salalah.

I will be leaving Muscat on 15 Feb Monday morning and will be back on 17 Feb Wednesday late afternoon.

I had called Mr Jabri and he told me he and his whole family will be delighted to have Riamfada staying again with them starting 14 Feb Sunday evening until I am back late afternoon on 17 Feb.

Last year, we went to Wekan mountain village and caught only the tail end of the cherry blossoms there.

This coming Thursday, we all will go to Wekan, with Katleen as well this time.




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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.


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.


http://www.durrellwildlife.org/
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice


DEDICATION
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For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.

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(edited on 4th November 2011 to include below)

To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/129976.html






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