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Tinkerbell Summertime2011 - Before visitting her // Sieben // Formosan Blue Magpies & Molly


More photos in Flickr folder Tinkerbell Summertime2011 - Before visiting her

Meet Sieben.

That was what Libai was nearly called, after that rutting poet and fighting companion of Druss the Legend of David Gemmell world. I called him SEA BEN

He is our new 1 year old Abyssinian. Unlike Druss Sieben, this Aby will never be doing any rutting at all.

He came to us on 26th June, just one day before I flew to Taiwan.



He came to us very shy. And took to hiding from us all under sofa and under chest of drawers. Ivan was very displeased that first couple of days. Walking with fur all puffed out. Hissing and spitting upon sight of Sieben. I was so worried for the two of them when I left the apartment on 27th June to fly to Taiwan. I asked of those two daily from my wife. Who kept smsing me that Ivan hated Sieben and attacked and attacked him. I was left to think the floor was covered with blood and guts of the two kitties. So I stopped asking after a week.

I came back home at 3am on 14th July. Wife was sleeping then.
I was greeted by Ivan at the door, with Sieben close by him licking Ivan's ear. Ivan turned around to lick Sieben's ears. They were so sweet to each other.

Their guts they spilled went back into their body cavities. All the scars of their earlier fighting gone.


28th June 2011

The morning after I checked into Taiwan. Being by myself and loving the traditional san wen nas or saunas of Taiwan, and will be spending the evenings and sleeping over the night there, I thought I stay in a cheap place before going on to Chiayi. That cheap place served more to keep my luggage than as a place to sleep in.

I declined the offer of Arthur to stay with him for that matter. He stayed in TienMu area north of Taipei and far away from the saunas in Taipei.

Those that wonder about the san wen nas or sauna in Taiwan can read
what I wrote in 2005

Recently I did a googling of saunas of Taipei and was aghast to find none of the wonderful good saunas that I know. Google sprung out so many saunas for gays that I never have heard about and have no intention of finding out. What I wrote in 2005 should be read and not what Google tell you.

I then went to my old neighbourhood of MingSheng to have the traditional breakfast of sien tou chiang (salty bean curd) and siao lung tang pow (small dragon soup dumpling). The proprietoress and all the the shop greeted me with wide toothy smiles. I ate at that stall for well over 18 years.


Well fortified by that breakfast, I decided to spend the day at Yang Ming Shan, a big extinct volcano mountain overlooking Taipei. I spend so many happy days in the past up there.

And in the last visit in 2009, I saw for the first time in the wild the iconic and incredibly beautiful Formosan Blue Magpies flying high up in the trees of YangMingShan park.
Tinkerbell - Rhapsody in Spring 2009

Perhaps I might be lucky again this time as well. And so I went up that mountain.
The day was cloudy, with rain on and off. But again, no one come to Taipei for the weather.

I also thought I test out my legs and body before meeting Cheng Hung and friends at Wuling Non Chang for that big climb.

Which saw me at the Erzihping trail



That was a nice walk in a drizzling rain.
Sometimes escorted by squirrels.

My right leg was wobbly. But that was the case for about the last 30 years even if made worse by the spill from my bike.

My left arm could not be raised above horizontal level and with just about enough strength to hold a glass of water when I brushed my teeth.

My left leg felt ok on that path and my right arm was good and could hold the umbrella during times of heavy drizzle.

I found I could cough or laugh without my left ribs hurting if I placed a hand on that area first.

It was a good walk, even if others on the trail appeared to overtake me all the time.





Sadly, I did not see any real life blue magpies on that walk or the morning up at Yangmingshan. I saw many blue mapgies though that morning. But they were on posters extolling the charms of a real estate development.

I just got to add this into the entry

On 18 July after I finished writing this, Chen Hung wrote to me of a Taiwanese Nelson Liu who documented his observation of Blue Magpies breeding on a tree opposite his house. With fabulous photos of the blue magpies even if you cannot read Chinese

And another of his blog entry on blue magpies

Go on there and be thoroughly amazed by his photos, some of the most beautiful flight shots of blue magpies!
Use Google translate to read his last blog entry. And read of his misery with mosquitoes attacking him while he shot those wonderful photos! His captions on the photos were tongue in cheek and will give you a laugh too.

(editted on 27 Oct 2011 to add this)

Nelson Liu turned above into an iPad app and withdrew above articles.

App 名稱 :“Photo Book of the breeding of Formosan Blue Magpie” , 中文名稱為 「台灣藍鵲繁衍全紀錄」,但在App Store請您用英文 "Blue Magpie"搜尋本軟體
請點下列連結或是從您iPAD app store搜尋,關鍵字 "Blue Magpie"。


1. Documented the breeding of a Formosan (Taiwan) Blue Magpie.
2. Dual Language support - All texts and descriptions are presented in Chinese and English.
3. Included 100+ photos and video clips.
4. Plus extra bonus of 30+ beautiful birds living in Taiwan.
5. Photos shown in the articles can be enlarged by tapping it


封面 ‧ Cover
Chapter 1 :緣起 ‧ Prologue
Chapter 2 :台灣藍鵲簡介 ‧ Introduction of Formosan Blue Magpie
Chapter 3 :藍鵲現蹤 ‧ First Show-up of Blue Magpie
Chapter 4 :築巢與孵蛋 ‧ Nesting and Incubating
Chapter 5 :覓食 ‧ Prowling
Chapter 6 :雛鳥孵化,開始餵食 ‧ Feeding Chicks
Chapter 7 :離巢 ‧Leaving nest
Chapter 8 :離開樹林 ‧Leaving the woods
Chapter 9 :後記 ‧ Epilogue

I told him I will write of that here. I told him I would have been happy to buy that except I do not have iPad as without USB port, I could not make use of thumbdrive to transfer files. I am a real novice in clouds and all.This is what he wrote to me to say.

Thanks anyway. The purpose of making them to an App is not to make more money but looks for other way to publish what I've written. iPAD is a great platform allowing me to realize publishing rich media content. I knew that you expect that the tablet should have usb port for thumb disk. However, as a heavy user of iPAD, I don't see any problem without USB port. Especially it goes to Cloud.

Well folks, I hardly plug for anyone, other than Gerald Durell Wildlife Trust.
I have seen his photos before. They were incredible. If you have iPad, you will not regret getting his app

Perhaps I might go buy iPad and see what iPad is all about and perhaps go on and do an app like Nelson.

As if the drizzle was not enough, the sky opened up with a huge downpour.
Luckily I was away down from the mountain and finishing my lunch.

RJF lived in Taipei had written to me earlier and we were to meet later in the afternoon.

He read of my earlier moaning that I lost photos and memories of trips I made to China Wudang shan and Emei shan and that he had been to those places.
Fragments of earlier memories of Taiwan .

I saw with deep fascination at his albums which triggered many strange memories of my times there. I laughed at photos of him using the coarse straw sandals which served as crampons on icy steps of Emeishan in winter. I was asking for steel crampons but they had none there that time. But coarse straw sandals were better than nothing else on those icy steps. We laughed that those times of 15 years or more back, and that probably China will now have cable cars and automatic escalators taking one and all up and down those mountains.

RJF then brought his beautiful Molly out. Molly was very shy, so shy that she would not make eye contact with me. She moved about on RJF shoulder keeping his head between herself and me. On my part, I decided not to make even eye contact with Molly. I knew the intelligence and curiosity of CAG will be more than enough that she would be friend with me soon enough.


I was eating a slice of apple. Molly wanted that. I felt Molly wanted to break ice with me. And of course, I offered that apple to her to nibble. A few nibbles later, and my other hand between her and the slice, Molly stepped up on my hand.


All quite easy to do. Less than 5 minutes to do that. I just could not understand the impatience of folks who must have the birdie to do things at their time and not the time of choosing of the birdie.

Molly became very friendly with me.

Then we did some flights of her to RJF. Each shot taken was part of entire circuit as only a shot with flash could be taken on a flight.





Time passed and with regret, I had to say my goodbyes to RJF and Molly.

29th June 2001

The day was spend with Arthur. Morning was spend at his apartment with his wife and son. We known each other since 1990 when we worked as Advisors to the building of the Taipei Subway system.

Time with friends went remarkably quickly. The two of us were down at Tamshui eating away at the strange titbits specialities of Taiwan. Sadly, I could not get Arthur to try even a bit of the wonderful stinky tofu.


Back again in his apartment to have dinner with his family. I saw an old book The Wheel of Life - The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist by John Blofeld he borrowed from me. That I thought I like to read again. To find something interesting that I will relate later to you all.

The night was getting late. I had to go back to Taipei and the Tien Lung Sauna that I decided to stay for the night prior to my trip to Chiayi on the next day 30th June.

More photos in Flickr folder Tinkerbell Summertime2011 - Before visiting her

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 —



Read Riamfada free flights in villa // And around neighbourhood for explicit details

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