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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Riamfada free flights at Buwah
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THIS 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.


THIS 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.



more photos in flickr folder "Free flight in Buwah "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623090633929/

Thursday 14th January 2010

It was in the morning that we went to the Jabri family.

I had been thinking of letting Riamfada do free flights for quite sometime already.
Tinkerbell had done free flights too around the end of my stay in Taiwan when we were living together. Those free flights were at my neigbourhood. It was a pity I did not take photos as I thought my neighbourhood in Chiayi was not as attractive as those photos taken in the mountains, lakeside and temples.

You have seen the many times Riamfada had been taken out with us. Those excursions had given her confidence and experience in many different kind of wind conditions. She was allowed to fly to me high up on castle walls as well as fly down to me from top of castle walls.

In the home, I have done many exercises with Riamfada with hide&seek recalls. Recalls done out of sight of me that required her to fly around corners and door ways to me. That hide&seek recall in Jabri's house was the last of many points that made me decide to do free flight with Riamfada in the afternoon.

Greys are so easily spooked. Even at home, Riamfada would spook. I have those blue light electrical insect killer in the living room that would electrocute flies and mosquitoes that touched the electric grill with a sharp but soft ZZZZ. Riam had spooked and flown off in fright even at that. Once was on recall to me and at the point of landing on the perch hold in my hand, a fly got zapped and Riam flew off in fright.

But over the last month, I noticed changes in Riam's spook flight. It used to be a mad rush in the past. Then her spook flight pattern changed. She still spooked, but her flight became more deliberate in nature. She flew weaving down the corridor back to her room and then she flew out back to me. Or she flew to the perch, circled it, and flew back to me again.

You have seen the photos of Buwah. Wide plain with a few trees. No steep hills or slope near the place we normally go to. The trees were an attraction for me, in that hopefully she would fly and land on the tree and then I could approach her to get her to come down.

For a week already , I had prepared her harness. The body line to swivel joint was about 8 inches or 200++ mm long. I shortened that body line to couple inches or about 60 mm long. This was to make it so short that the line would not catch on a branch should she decided to go for a tree.

At about 4 pm , we all reached Buwah and at our usual place again. We been to this spot a few times, and Riam never showed nervousness here. She was familiar here too. The cats came too. I felt having the kitties around would be reassuring to Riamfada, that everything was normal.

Katie had gotten over her nervousness and even looked about as we drove there instead of hiding under the seat.

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The cats came out of the car. I setup the camp chairs and Riamfada's perch hanging from back of the car.

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I then went to Riamfada still on her perch in the car. I unclipped the leash line from the swivel joint and asked her to step up on the rod/reel as usual and took her out of the car. She knew it was not usual immediately. She beaked her harness in front and lift it a few times up and down as if testing it. She then beaked the swivel joint and looked at me for a while. I was relaxed, with a relaxed awareness on her and her nuances. Watching her carefully if she showed slightest bit of tension or pre-spook.

I said before and say again. Recalls done at home mean nothing. When push comes to shove, they may not come. Taking your bird out because you think you are bonded and that will be enough is laughable. You only think your bird is bonded to you.





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I kept talking to her, that yes, no harness line attached. I was holding the Hawaiian clip in my hand. I talked and talked to her, now and then giving her a sunflower seed. I felt she settled down and just as before. And just as before,I walked around a bit with her on my shoulder, keeping to the way we always had done it.

I kept as much as possible to normal conditions. I continued to hold the rod/reel as before. I felt too many changes might not be good for her.

The only difference was the first flight was a very short flight. My wife got her to step up onto her hand perch. Hardly 4 meters away I called her. Her reaction to my cue was immediate and she was onto my shoulder. Even though I expected that, it was still a satisfying relief that she was on me and not winging off to horizon. I offered her a sunflower seed for her to take and discard. I then offered half almond and she accepted.

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I gave her to my wife and walked further away and called her.

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more photos in flickr folder "Free flight in Buwah "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623090633929/

It was not just recalls after recalls. I headrub her , walked about with her and talking to her all the time.

I then changed directions so she flew to me in cross wind.

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We took a break to go back to base camp. To let her be on my lap and do one of her favourite thing. Which was to open my Rolex strap to stick her head inside.

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The she was placed on back of the chair while I walked away and called her


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It went like this. A recall or two followed by walking about with her on my shoulder or back to base camp to seat.

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And Katie sticking nearby.


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Riam waited on car door or on branch for my call to fly to me. More often then not, she took and discarded the sunflower seed offered to her and bend her head for headrubs instead.


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This was very satisfying. But it was getting late and time for us to leave. The Haiwaiian clip was fastened back to the swivel joint. Riam was placed back into the car and basecamp dismantled. Kitties came back when called and we drove off Buwah. I decided to return home via Fanja.

Just to show you what a flash flood can do. You see the debris swept up the crash barrier


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Can you all realise now that you better be a wimp should you think a thunderstorm might break as I did couple weeks back on road to Umq. No vegetation to hold back the water on the mountain and the rain water will just rush down and you do not want to be caught in those torrent.








more photos in flickr folder "Free flight in Buwah "
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157623090633929/



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