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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Riamfada and kitties
shanlung
This is an entry made into a bird forum http://www.theperch.net/discussion/showthread.php?t=17495&page=9
made yesterday that might be interesting to others here as well

(editted on 4 Jul 09 to add that this writeup started in 3rd June 09 in http://vdnent.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Grey&action=display&thread=1586
{(African Grey) Parrot Forum} That I later expanded into this shape)

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Folks, old friends and new friends,
Thank you.

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Riam at Wadi Maih

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At Seifa beach
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/94889.html



Thank you for your warm words.
I do believe the fundamental reason why I could do what was done with my birdies is that I extend to them the dignity and respect due to sentient beings of equal standing. What they did/do for me was/is done as friend to friend .

The training is a joint effort, and there have been times I was not certain who trained who.

Perhaps I have been lucky in knowing people, a giant that I like to introduce you all to. When you read of our encounters, you understand that he , the birdwhisperer of Tsaoling, is one that I aspire to reach but know I never will.

The letters on that bird whisperer of Tsaoling are below in chronological order. They are all in Part 1 - Early Period of Tinkerbell.

http://www.shanlung.com/wTsaoLing1.html

http://www.shanlung.com/wTsaoling2.html

http://www.shanlung.com/wtsaolingrevisit.htm

http://www.shanlung.com/wtink2bottles.htm

The visits covered a period of time as can be seen from the date of the letters. You can see in between the 2nd and 3rd visits the additions to the birds of that bird whisperer.

He, that bird whisperer of Tsaoling, is the man that inspired me the most.

If you have time to read only one letter, read that tsaolingrevisit


In Oman, there are two kitties with me.

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2 kitties just allowed into room with Riam



I hope I do not shock you all too much that the kitties joined us when we go outside and far away. The kitties come when I called them. So I decided to let them join our neighbourhood walks with Riam in
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/93415.html



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doing our neighbourhood walks



I think it was my living with cats and understanding cats that help me with understanding of birds.
You have no hope in hell of 'alphaship' over kitties. Neither do you have over a flighted bird.
The understanding of birds then help me with the understanding of cats even more.
And the better understanding of kitties help me with birdies from the time with Tinkerbell.


It was a delicate process of getting my cats to be friends with Riamfada. During the first 2 weeks, the cats were not allowed in the same room as Riamfada and could only watch us through the window.

They are all very good friends now.

I do like my cats too. That is why they join us all in our walks where we lived. When it is safe for the cats, we take them with us to far places too.


It started with Dommie in Wadi Fanja early this year. He was the first to be taken out with us far away.

Where he saw a much much bigger world than he could have imagined. You see for yourself if he liked it, even the water in the wadi. And the videos will show you his coming to me when asked nicely 'Dommie Dommie come come come'

Report in
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/95979.html

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Then Katie, the one who tried to kill me in http://shanlung.livejournal.com/79517.html
joined us as well.


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2 kitty at Wadi Fanja

You might like to read


http://shanlung.livejournal.com/96486.html

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/96849.html


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out to faraway places

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getting unsolicited advise where to go to and how to drive

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Wadi Fanja

I was a lot more detailed in my livejournal diary of Riamfada and me, as to how the training was done and the thoughts behind all that. I hope you find that if not useful, at least amusing to you all as to life here in Oman.

All the photos above were from events recorded and described in livejournal starting here
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2008/10/


Tell your friends of us should you think our stories can help them , or amuse them


Warmest regards

Shanlung

(editted on 7 Jan 2010 to add additional links of interest)

More on kitties
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Last Footfall in Nepal// Sharon & kitty advice // Riamfada over weekend 18-19 March
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/113583.html

Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/119237.html

9-11//Dommie final visit to ocean Ramadan 2010 & unsheduled Riamfada free flight//The Day Approaches
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/119935.html

Paw prints in the sand
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/121818.html

Final Handover
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/122016.html

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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




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(Edited on 18 June 2013 to include this. )

What prompted me to write mentality of grey // Imprinting of birds// A fairy in my life
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/130187.html

When I wrote
Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html

there had been many experiences and discussions I have had before. Some of them were internalised in me and faded into the bedrock where I stood on.

But the other day at a forum, I wrote of some of those earlier discussions with other people I have had. And realised why I came onto the road I walk on now.

I extract that below, and added a slight bit more at the end here to put the extract into the context it was written in.
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Let us get back to Gizmo.
I thought I write here something I plagiarised from what I wrote in another forum just a short while ago. And which obviously apply to you too.

CAGs are just so painfully intelligent that their personalities will never be the same.
What I did with Tinkerbell will not be what I did with Riamfada and vice versa.

I do not mold them into what I want. I mold myself to what they are, and teaching them what is acceptable and not acceptable.

When I was wrong, I accepted their chastisements on me in the same way they accepted my chastisements.
Training is a two way road.

All those I knew, be they dog or cat or horse family, told me without exception that the CAG was head and shoulders above them all.

I met trainers of dolphins, of great apes, of killer whales, and who happened to have CAGs. It is humbling to hear from them that they felt CAGs showed far greater intelligence than the other sentients that they trained with.


Give them love, respect, courtesy and dignity due to intelligent sentients equal to yourself.

You get that all back, together with the magic that only they can add.

You understand better why your best chance to succeed is to be friends with them and never as the alpha notwithstanding what the bulk of others might want you to think.

With CAGs of that level of intelligence that surpassed the major recognised intelligent sentients such as great apes, dolphins and killer whales, how ludicrous it is to think one is above them and we are to impose our wills on them.

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Without that kind of relationship, I would not have been able to do
what you see below.


Below are some photos of Riamfada flying with Tinkerbell harness

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or calling Dommie to come through tide pools to me and seeing him doing just that.

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http://shanlung.livejournal.com/104066.html

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http://shanlung.livejournal.com/119935.html

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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.




Riamfada is doing free flights as well in areas that I felt are safe enough for us to do that after a year of flights in harness and leash.




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Thoughts on free flights // Riamfada last weekend with Jabris
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/110450.html


Her freeflights were recorded here

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2010/01/

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2010/02/


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.


Chile // Riamfada free flights at the edge of Rub Al Khali
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/112019.html

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Then soul searching in

Reflections on Riamfada at edge of the Empty Quarter and some rants
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/112576.html

followed by

Free flights at Edge of Rub Al Khali Revisited
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/112689.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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To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/129976.html
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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
http://www.durrellwildlife.org/

or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice






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