shanlung (shanlung) wrote,

Meet Oberon


more photos in Flickr folder Oberon-01

Meet Oberon. It is easier to call him Oberon than that Asian Fairy bluebird.

Let us leave aside if he is the fairy prince or the fairy king. Should he totally recovered, that will be a better time to decide. Through a quirk of fate, he is now with me.


After that Sunday when Cyrus came to see me and we both went into his flight room, I expressed a nice surprise that Oberon sat in the cage quietly. I thought he was calming down a lot faster than I expected.

But on the next day and next and next and next day, Oberon was extremely agitated every time I went into his flight room. Yingshiong was kept for a couple of years before he came to me. Even Libai was in a tiny cage in the bird shop and watched by me a couple of months before I took him. Oberon must have been from the wild, and prbably brutalised in the capture as well as the subsequent pairing with an agressive female.

That Sunday, I just finished reading Lois McMaster Bujold excellent fantasy The Curse of Chalion. Part of that saga talked about God touched people who had very calming influences on birds and beasts. That perhaps Cyrus might be touched to have done that to Oberon. On the other hand, he too had an ugly face that might have made Oberon catatonic with shock. Or perhaps, suddenly the two of us in the same room was more than Oberon could bear. I realised that only on the following morning, that Monday morning when I went into Oberon's room to see him flying wildly when I entered. I felt sorry that even if for just that couple of minutes, I and Cyrus must have inadvertently flooded poor Oberon into remaining quiet.

I know people always talked about taming birds or animals.

I go about that from a different angle. I accept all birds are wild. Even CAGs, hookbills, shamas , leafbirds are wild. Only barnyard chicken and ducks are domesticated.

I have no problems that Oberon is wild, and since I do intend eventually to return him to where he came from after I rehabilitate him, I like him to be wild. And hopefully he accepts my friendship before he left us.

The main focus was to get food on him and to allow him to rediscover flight again.

I stayed in his room only as long as to weigh the mash and to give the mash to him and other necessary chores. After which I left him there to watch him from the living room.

On Monday, he ate 39.r grams of mash. On Tuesday, it was 42 grams of mash.

I then perceived a slight flaw. He stayed in his cage and not flying out. I felt he needed to fly to rediscover his flying skills. I then made a change. I placed the mash on the perch instead of in his cage. That he would have to fly out to eat that mash.


He flew out periodically to eat his mash and then he returned into the cage. I felt if he became more and more confident in his flying, he might regain his poise and be more acceptant of me later on.

I was happy to see finally he started to preen himself. I could see a bruise spot perhaps from his capture or the bullying he received from the female.


I only can hope with time that he will heal, physically and emotionally.

Oberon in process of preening


Oberon liked the wobbly perch, swaying about on it.

Ivan was receptive of Oberon. But you all know Ivan got to accept Libai earlier.
Sieben was completely different. From the first day Oberon came, Sieben was all over trying to get through the mesh or trying to jump through the glass door.

Sieben was not a very clever cat.




I was wondering why we were given a pedigree Aby until Sieben came. He was 1 year old and very feral. I doubt anyone would have given money for him, or they did and got it back.

The best way to get to anything feral is to give them time. And not go to them, but let him come to you. Which Sieben eventually did. Boosted by clicker and pieces of dried anchovies. Sieben became a lot friendlier with me. Even if he was not exactly a lap cat.



Oberon was eating well. I decided to do a little experiment. The mash I did for him was largely fruit even if a baggie of Libai mash was added in, perhaps 10% by weight.

I decided to do another batch using 150 grams of Oberon mash mixed with 150 grams of Libai mash. Which would definately contain more protein and carbohydrates. I thought Oberon would eat less of the new mash then.

I was rather surprised to see the next day that Oberon ate 41 grams of the new mash. The next day was still 38.5 grams which I thought was a good slowing down.
Until the next day, he ate 45.4 grams.

I did nothing with him being content that he ate and ate and fly and fly and preen and preen. Entering his flight room as little as possible other than to give and remove food and chores.

Oberon then had 37 grams the next day and 40 grams the day after.

I have less worry now of him keeling over on me from lack of food. Even his original Oberon mash would have been adequate.

And so it was on today I reverted back to the original Oberon mash. Partly because I was running out of kitty/Libai mash. I feed Ivan & Sieben on 180 grams of kitty/libai mash & 50 grams of raw mince & 10 grams cat grass & a pack of wet cat food & 60 grams of kitty kibbles, well mixed and kneaded together. So you can see the kitty/libai mash go very fast. I have to start preparing for the next batch very soon.

And on that old mash, Oberon ate 43 grams today.

Now that Oberon is in no danger of starving, I think I will be upping the ante with him. That I am a nice person and that he can be friends with me.

more photos in Flickr folder Oberon-01

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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