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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Hello again / Yingshiong with my wife Joy / Photos of YS, YS toys

I got back home at about 5 pm this afternoon.

That was after a few days up in Kuantan with my friend CM and a bunch of other windsurfing fanatics again at the De Rhu Hotel. It was a beautiful drive up to Kuantan. But again, the comparison with drives up in the past was painful. Prior to 1990 when I first left to work and lived overseas in Taiwan, Hongkong, South Korea, Germany, I used to drive up to Kuantan every year. The many stretches of road where primordial forests grew up to the road side had been replaced by oil palm trees in various stages of growth. That indicated the times they were planted and hence the beautiful forests, up to 250 million years old, were cut down. Yes! the forests have been there even before the meteor stuck the Yucatan peninsula 60 million years ago that ended the reign of the dinosaurs.

The drive up passed by many road kills. We even stopped the car to look over the beautiful coat of a Musang, a civet cat, that I first thought was a rare jungle wild cat with its beautiful spotted coat. Road kills included two big cows by the side of the road. In the past, if you hit a cow or goat by the road, you better drive off as fast as you can to avoid a parang wielding owner out to get as much compensation as he could. But with the changes in the law, if you hit a cow or goat, the owner will run and hide as fast as he can to avoid being fined and thrown into prison.

In Kuantan and around the hotel, the magpie robins were as many as the last time I came up with Joy around the Christmas time. Waking up to their thrilling was delightful. The MR had this very melodic song except it was not as rich, varied and powerful as the shama. A couple of days ago, I was walking in the hotel ground towards what I thought was a parrot or cockatoo following loud calls sounding like " G..R..R..A..A..C..K " . A big black and white shape then burst from the low palms. As it slowly flap upwards, I was thrilled to see that it was a hornbill. The last time I saw it, the hornbill was far off on top of a tall palm. After lugging around the camera and not using it, at the moment when I needed it, the camera was left in my room.

When I got back, Joy was not around. Ivan however meowed his welcome of me and Yingshiong called and called to me. After tossing Ivan up to the ceiling and catching him and swinging him around to let him know it was nice to see him again, he was incarcerated for YS to be out. There were some millis in the milli box. YS flew immediately to me when I gave recall cue. Then I signalled him to the scale to see him at 32.0 gm. Perhaps he was just greedy as he followed me where I went. I rather think that he missed me and loved to be with me again, especially as I was so generous with the millis.

Eventually Joy came back after an afternoon with Lily, CM's wife, and Tina.

She told me that she was keeping a journal of Yingshiong in her own livejournal. You can read her account starting with that day I left.


I read and was delighted that she was doing very well with YS. YS was coming to her in recalls and was singing to her. Bullied her too in some aspects.

She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.

You can see that in folders

Yingshiong beady toys


The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.

If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.

For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in



Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .



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for the wildlife sharing our planet.

Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust


or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice

MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

Yingshiong songs are in

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