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Riamfada flying into home//Neighbourhood hide&seek
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Riamfada flying into home//Neighbourhood hide&seek

more photos in flickr folder 'Villa & Neighbourhood hide&seek '
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157624790768077/

Over the last few days, I persisted in trying to see if Riamfada would fly through that doorway in the outside dividing wall to me. I tried enough to accept that Riamfada decided it was a parroty ritual to land on top of the wall instead of through that doorway on all hide & seek recalls done through that doorway.


My wife took some sequences of Riamfada flying into the house from outside through the open door. Riamfada took off from the camp chair that was used as a perch and launching point so that she could angled herself shoot Riam taking off and landing on me.

The full sequence can be seen in the photo folder.

The photos were a bit blurry as you know we always did that in late afternoon when it was cooler, but the light was fading.


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Then this sequence of Riam flying off that camp chair in hide and seek of me around corner of the villa.

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Another such sequence to me via the open sliding glass door. The takeoff point for Riamfada was just slightly before that open doorway, to deter her from flying to the top of that wall.

After Riam took off, my wife had to follow through to shoot Riam landing on me.


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We walked about in our 'gated community' road as hardly anyone was out and about. Do recall that was Ramadan, and I would be in trouble if I was caught smoking in public.


We did hide and seek recalls outside

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And yet another sequence

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Shot from my end

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Then there was this beautiful sequence.
We were returning back to our villa. I thought of doing a hide and seek with Riamfada so she would fly in through the garden gate.

That was thinking as a human.

I forgot Riam was a bird, and with a perspective very different from us mere humans.
So even if she did not do what I planned, she came to me in an even more elegant style that showed how she could think on the wing. She showed us she knew the layout of the villa from a different dimension all together. I and my wife were breathless in this sequence. I think you all would have enjoyed this as much as us.

This gave me so much more confidence in Riamfada. That I would trust her with total free flight in where we stayed.

If we were still be be in Oman, say another 2-3 years, it would be inevitable that I would allow Riamfada to have full access to the villa outside compound in another 2-3 months time.

But you all know that is not to be. As we will have to say our goodbyes before I leave here on 26th September, in slightly more than 2 weeks ahead of us.

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more photos in flickr folder 'Villa & Neighbourhood hide&seek '
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157624790768077/


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I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.

Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/107799.html


Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/108103.html

Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/110199.html

Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/116653.html

It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.


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An important key in your relationship and understanding your parrot mentality from Tinkerbell Legacy
Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality)
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html

Important old letters on harness
Harness for flighted parrots – To Nick and folks
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/8284.html

August, 2005.
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2005/08/

‘ cargo cult'
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/100244.html

'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/104066.html



Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html

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If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.

She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimmertje/collections/




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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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Shanlung, I have a difficult time expressing my feelings about the impending separation of you and your beasties and birdy. Life is such a matter of chance to begin with. Assuring a secure path for everything we meet during the course of our days is not a realistic objective. We can only be kind and respect the creatures we encounter. I think you behave in an exemplary manner personally, and you give your support to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to help the beasties you cannot personally touch.

As long as you are employed in your chosen profession, you will be faced with goodbyes. I forget who said this, but it is appropriate in the case of you and Riamfada and the kitties too: "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

Folks like myself who have followed your adventures across three (?) continents know the TinkerBell saga, the pain of that departure, and the agonies you went through before accepting the Riamfada Challenge. In this case, you knew going into it that it would end one day. I have no doubts that it WAS better to have loved...than never to have accepted Riamfada into your heart.

It is my belief that you have prepared Riamfada for a happy life long after you and Joy depart from Oman. She is quite capable now of surviving in the somewhat harsh world of us human beings. You've pointed out how a flighted parrot has a different perspective on even the geography of your walled neighborhood. How good that you have made such observations, where others might not have done so. You make all of us, friends of yours if I may say that, a part of your discoveries.

You will undoubtedly move into another avian relationship which might be as serendipitous as that of Riamfada....who practically fell out of the sky into your capable stewardship. What next, I am wondering? And so must you be wondering the same. I will continue to follow your travels and adventures, the way I follow the tales of the Jedi Warrior.

I can recommend that as this goodbye to Riamfada approaches, you read the final portion of Alfred Tennyson's ULYSSES... always called onward by Fate...or in your case, by Karma.

Re: The Day Approaches


My reply in the next report.

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