To friends of Yingshiong,
I do hope you enjoyed the time that I have spend with Yingshiong the shama. That a shy timid aviary bird can indeed bond with one that treat him as equal and patient and can be a companion bird. That they deserved more than just being kept in a cage or an aviary.
Do remember that Yingshiong was old when he came to me. You need not go and get a young bird to do what we have done. You can do what I have done or even better from the reports I left behind.
Perhaps I should not have tried it with Yingshiong at all. In which case, no one in the world would have guessed that a shy timid aviary bird is capable of bonding to be a companion bird. Yingshiong also would not have rediscovered flight and entralled all of you with his behaviour , antics , mischief, love, music and most of all, his magic.
In a few days, I will be working and living in another part of the world. With the fear of bird flu, it is obvious I cannot think of taking YS with me. My wife will not be joining me there as there will be restrictions on her there that she will not be used to.
I hope you enjoyed our accounts and will look on your birds with a different light, be their beaks be hook or straight.
I am sorry in the short time I have left, I might not be able to answer any of you. I have many things to arrange in this short time left. But I do not think it right for me to go without a word.
You know I yearned to be back with Tinkerbell. This road I take may lead me indirectly back to her again.
You understand now why I decided not to go ahead and re-attempt with the harness recently. I knew YS will be more receptive the second time. But I knew I would not have the time to follow through. I also had to test out other parameters if YS is to be looked after by my wife Joy. I knew there was this coming change but it was not firm until last night.
I had an agreement with Taufik that if I cannot look after YS, he will go back to him. But in this case, he agreed with me that even without me around, the set up for YS in my apartment with the minimum of the flight room as his aviary, will still be better than YS going back into a round cage. My wife Joy likes and cares for Yingshiong too, even if YS prefers me if I am around.
My wife Joy will be looking after him, and she had looked after him in the flight room and in the apartment when I was not around and windsurfing for a week in Kuantan.
Taufik is also not in Singapore too, so he cannot look after YS either. The option of letting YS to be in a round cage again is impossible to either of us, or to any of you.
In any case, every 3 months, I will be back again to be with my wife and YS. And if the work and life there do not work out for me, I will be back too to be with Joy, Ivan and Yingshiong again.
My wife Joy will be looking after YS and will be reporting on him in his Chapter 2 in her journal starting later after a transitional period. http://www.livejournal.com/users/shimmertje
I will be like the rest of you, logging on to see how YS is getting on, and commenting and helping my wife to look after him.
And now to the last report of today, and the last report that I will be making on this chapter of Yingshiong.
So this morning after Ivan was locked up, I made my way to the kitchen to prepare my coffee. Yingshiong was waiting patiently on the cage door perch. At the sound of my rustling the 3 in 1 coffee bags, he screamed his head off. He sang and scream and sang and scream which woke me up more than the coffee around me. He was used to being let in while I prepared my coffee. He wanted to be let in first, and then I can go fix my coffee and breakfast.
I realised the error of my ways and rushed to him and opened that sliding door. He flew onto the fan and gave an approving look at me to go. I then went back to make my coffee and my breakfast and took it out to have it.
He then indicated to me my procrastinating time was done by flying and going 'chang' at the cabinet a couple of times.
So it was at 845 am that the milli was at 21.2 gm, and YS was at 33.1 gm and suri at 70.2 gm.
The usual play /recall exercises were done. Need I have to tell you folks he did that so well. With head clicking to look at me on his name and instant takeoff to me at come.
Folks, you do understand if my desire to control his weight is a lot less than my desire to give him crickets and suris as my wife have difficulties in handling those shama delicacies. So his treats alternate between millis and suris and small crickets.
He did his own things but will always eventually be with me in the PC room. I mentioned he flew in between the monitor and me if I ignored him too long.
He added a new twist by hovering above my head so his downdraft would tell me he was around. He was determined not to be ignored by me for long. That would stop only if I got up from my chair and he be on the fan waiting for me to twirl fingers or play recall or give him backrubs.
I was still proud of my discipline when by 1215, he was at 33.5 gm
After I came back from lunch, we played a lot more with recalls here , there and everywhere. So that by 630 pm, he was at 34.5 gm. And by 7 pm , he was at 35.4 gm.
I then set my traps for suris and millis. You understand that YS will be fed very well by me over the next few days until I set off for the airport.
I may not love YS the way I love my Tinkerbell. But I have a fondness and very deep regards for him too, that I believe he returned to me as well.
This is another cycle of life.
Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .
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
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
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