While going through my blog, I saw an entry from Karen and she listed her site here.
That was during early Jan this year. And if you were one of those that followed us and knew of the excitment of Bantienyen, you understand if I did not follow up with her lead into this site then.
For those who do not know of us, perhaps the photos below will give you a better intro
This is a love story of me and my Tinkerbell, a free flying Congo African Grey parrot CAG , as we roamed about the mountains and forests and cities of Taiwan. She loves to go riding with me on the motorbike as she sit on a perch on the handle bar.
Greetings Shanlung, yes it is indeed a great honour to have you here. I have been one of Tinkerbell, Shama Yingshiong and your fans for quite some time. Your patience and tenacity with training are a true inspiration and a lesson to all that bird do not have to be young for training to be possible. Your training with the shama is a testament to that. Welcome to Bird Crazy.
I am in a cyber cafe somewhere near my apartment in International City (a kind of housing estate in middle of desert) about 20 km from Dubai. It will take a load of time and red tape to get Internet into the apartment.
As for Tinkerbell and Yingshiong, I wrote a lot on the technicalities of training. But at the end of it all, it is not the training that mattered that much.
It is more the relationships that was formed and nutured among us that allowed all that I wrote about to happen.
I extend to them the respect and dignity due to sentient beings, and allowed them to train me as much as I trained them.
Shama had all along being regarded as an 'aviary bird' , whatever an aviary bird would imply. I suspect mankind have this passion for too much labelling thinking that help us to be wise.
On top of all that, Yingshiong was a wild caught shama when he was about 3 years old and came to me at 4-5 years old.
When I set out on that path with Yingshiong , I would not have declared what I intended to do from day 1 if I was a wiser man. But being a fool, I made my intentions public.
One of the world, if not the world top shama breeder, kindly offered to make my impossible task easier by offering to give me one of his young highly prized shama. It took great effort on my part to decline as Yingshiong with his bloody mindedness had crept into my heart in the few days he was with me.
I think I surprised many people when within the month, YS flew to me on cue. That photo of YS landing on my hand was told to me by breeders to be the first time ever they saw any male white rumped shama landing on a human.
And I am even more glad now I continued with Yingshiong. That showed the age and even the background of the bird do not really matter in the long run.
Treated with care and consideration, they will repay you back in delightful ways that you might not imagine.
The bulk of the visits to Tinkerbell/Yingshiong web pages were from Indonesia and Thailand who loved to keep shamas. All the time in little cages.
They seen the impact on the singing of Yingshiong.
I hope the seeds I planted in their heads will lead to their birds having better lives in the future.
It is my dream to be able to have a such a good relationship with my budgies! Most of mine are in a large, outdoor aviary, and are more interested in eachother then in me, which is great... I love watching them. I'm now trying something new and attempting to become closer friends with my newest, Star, who is 6 months old and full flighted. I'm seriously considering clicker training now. ;D
Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your story! Welcome!
In any games or pursuit in life, you get back what you put into it.
In case of relationships with sentient creatures, above is even more valid as when you gain their trusts and friendships, the rewards that you get will make the cost in time and efforts that you spend on them meaningless. How can we say it took time when you enjoyed doing what you do.
Perhaps you should read Part 2 Tinkerbell Legacy on my thoughts of clicker training as well as what I have written in Part 1 Tinkerbell Early Period.
They are not Palovian creatures as whats said in many books in knee jerk action and reaction to food. Those kind of thoughts demean them, and yourself and make those training sessions into robotic sessions that you and them will ultimately dislike and thus discontinue.
I was in Dubai, and now I am working and living in Muscat Oman with my wife. With all those movements about, and at around my birthday near that last posting I did, I missed all those nice greetings from you folks here.
An update from Oman, and maybe the start of another chapter.
Catching up in Muscat and Riamfada might fly with me.