come to parrot groups as oasis to escape from
events in Taiwan or indeed, the world. My
for upsetting the tranquility here last week
talks of lima and navy beans and their impact on
life. Sorry too for having to upset you all with
events of that Rhino Beetle farm. Only damage to
was to my pride and deep in my soul but that got to
said on the off chance any of you flying fids on
might have to bear in mind. I must admit
that off my chest and to cry on your
shoulders help my own healing.
to people who just joined, they may be so shocked
parronts have so much to worry about that they
end up not being parronts as all. That will be
sad as parronthood is also full of fun and joy.
is now spring and the weather is turning warm.
I have traveled a bit since my return from NZ, I
not taken out Tinkerbell on the bike to further
places yet. It was too cold for long distance
on bike. You have not seen recent pictures
Tinkerbell specially taken for you. So over the
I thought I would give a brief description
we go out and check out the countryside and
the joys of parronthood.
starting on clicker training may be amused to
that just 2 years ago, I was like you. I could
have imagined then how the road would led me to
it is now. You may have even more fun then me.
will also be a good time to bring you folks up to
with other weird but effective ways to keep a CAG
on a motorbike.
see URL below for the pictures over the last
got us waking up, courtesy of our third alarm
Tinkerbell had become more civilized in that
she woke up, she would first fly to her screen
for her morning first discharge before flying
our bedroom and checking if we are up at 7am. A
beak-up-the-nose is her guarantee that her
will get up and off the bed. It's a lot last
than getting her off our head and over the
as quickly as possible before she unload that
were ready to go soon and I approached Tinkerbell
her harness. She knew what that meant, that she
be going out with us. She stood still and
with me to allow me to put the harness on
flew to my shoulder so the line leash can be
If she did not accept the harness, she
have flown to all high perches leading me on a
remember that I have a towel on the bike to keep
bike and bags somewhat clean. I also have
of sitting in dining cars of Shinkanshen and
speed trains in Europe and eating and watching
countryside roll by. There are two Velcro strips
the front of the bike so the small towel can be
on. I induced a small fold in the towel by
pins. All so that I can tip some sunflower
on the towel. Tinkerbell loved to ride on the
tied between the rearview mirrors. Now while on
perch, she can get a seed, de-husk it, and munch
while looking at the countryside passing by. She
to have a great time while I do all the work.
now take to wearing a fanny belt pack with
essentials, pill boxes of sunflower seeds,
paper, clicker and target stick (to get her
if she ever fly free), extra harness and lines
sharp folder knife. Karabiners are clipped on
fanny pack to clip the reel and the rod.
however, I stopped dismantling that reel
and you can see the rod/reel hooked on that
A simple rubber band is used to hold the
and line unless I released it to allow the line
flow. That setup also served as a impromtu perch
Tink as can be seen in picture near the end.
are self explanatory.
months or so ago, I mentioned on my first trip to
that I saw a place that I wanted to go back
That was a road to Tsaoling until an earthquake
down the side of the mountain on the road.
rode over to that place, JiangHu . Scenic places
common in Taiwan . Still, JiangHu is a
place to have a picnic and to look at the
fossil deposit of sea shells in a matrix of shale
got off the bike and walked ten minutes down a
to the valley floor. Joy then noticed and asked
is my line dangling behind me. Tink had quietly
to free the swivel joint from the harness
Later on, you will see some closeup photos of
fishing clips and swivel joint. If you are into
I need not say more as you know how difficult
is to put those in or to get them out even if you
two hands. If you do not fish, its no point to
friends of yours who fish as they will never
a parrot with a beak and a blunt tongue can
those out. In the recent weeks, she showed me she
remove a loop from that clip. But as I use two
I did not think further as the odds of her
two loops without my noticing is slim. I also
each loop a another turn to increase the work for
I did not realized she would up the ante by
that swivel joint and line this time.
turned to look at me and bob and bob her head.
the outings with her, she never showed she wanted
leave me which in turn gave me the confidence she
remain with me. I clip the line back on again
tried to maintain a nonchalant attitude to her so
not to encourage her to try it again. Even as I
this to you, I decided I will add yet another two
to that swivel joint, another above to the
and another linking the fishing line leash to
swivel joint. Better to play it safe.
between picnic and eating, Tink hang around us.
have 3-4 meters of leash line freed for her. If I
my peace, I will tell her to stay and she would.
I do not move more than 2 meters away, she normally
be content to stay around with me to preen
and to fly to my shoulder now and then.
I walk away from her to explore a bit, she will fly
my shoulder and join me to check out the area.
and then, I put her through her recalls.
the photos, I recalled her from about 7-9 meters
Further than that, she will only be a grey
in the photos.
next day on Sunday, we were over at a favourite
about 20 minutes ride from my apartment. It is
a reservoir just on the outskirt of Chiayi.
you see Tink quite happy to preen herself
to be near me. I read a bit, take her through
paces, relax again, read more and just enjoy time
had about 3-4 meters of free line but she hardly
make use of that. Stay cues again would be
by her provided I do not move more than a
meters away. If I move further away and if I
my eyes on her, she would stay still but
with effort waiting for my cue to come to
On longer recalls, I needed to keep telling her
wait or she would take off to me. If I want to do
recalls , 30-40 meters and beyond, Joy need to be
her side bribing her with sunflower seeds to allow
to get that far away.
see her flying on recalls to me. And I have no
in entanglements or snagging the line on a
come and go. I feel it my role to explain to
who ask just how to keep a parrot. After two
or so answering "Does she talk?", I try my
to remember the one asking me is asking for the
time and one day, he remember Tinkerbell and me
he buys or his friend buys a parrot. And that
need more than water and sunflower seeds. And
wonderful companions they can be giving us more
what we give them.
few pictures were taken just an hour ago when we
our dinner. Tinkerbell get to take a couple of
of my sashimi.
get to eat her leftovers.