is a term we use for flighted parrots when
just want to fly from exuberance or perhaps to
out the area that they are allowed to fly.
this flyabout is accompanied with calls of
is very different from a spook flight when they
off in a panic mode and always silently with very
wing beats going straight up or in a line away
Tinkerbell was flown in big enclosed area (huge
under renovation), after doing her recall cues,
initiated flights taking off from my shoulder to
around the room and re landing back on me.
few occasions under harness flight, she also did
flyabouts. You have seen I just use a reel.
the reel cannot be unreeled fast
So when she reached the end of line(with half
reel left!), she turned with the line and continue
circular flight calling her 'argh argh argh' of
the last few days, I jerry rigged a holder for the
by cutting off the bamboo handle of a sacrificed
to allow fast deploying of the line should the
arises where Tinkerbell can safely go on her
(eg, big meadows) with minimum risk of line
tangled or snagged. That holder is basically
a sawn off fishing rod with the reel and a guide
for the line. This works fine the past 3-4 days
flying tests in the nearby school.
bought another 100m of 0.7 mm braided fishing line
70kg breaking strength but black in color this
for use in her future 'flyabouts' and yet another
to hold that new line. The old line has been
by me time and time again to fix up 'self
screen doors', additional restraints on
baskets, etc etc.
at home, from time to time, Tinkerbell goes into
flyabout routines. She will take off to fly
the room, crying away, to land back where she
decided to try to capture that into what I hope a
dug out my old trusty clicker. I cannot click every
she takes off as she may just be flying across
room to yet another perch or to harass Bim or Zor.
training will normally break the action into
components that we try to cue them into. But
the case of flyabout, it seem difficult to try to
it into components as in this case, the whole is
then the sum of the parts.
not want to click when she just want to takeoff
come to me or to another perch across the room.
when she does her flyabout, I try to click
she complete it to my accompanying shout of
fly fly' and praises of 'good girl, good girl'
sunflower seed treats from me. 'Good girl, good
is understood by her as praise when she does her
recall to me which will then be followed by
have been times I hold the clicker in readiness
she did nothing or she just fly from point A to
there have been times with no clicker in hand
she did her flyabout. I will then try to name it
her by crying ' fly fly fly' and 'good girl, good
and going to her to give her treats.
this intention of trying to capture that action,
took to observing her closely. A flyabout is
initiated with intent stare from her and with
of her head to sweep around room before
her stare and starting on her flyabout. A
flight normally does not have flicker of her
fly fly' will be my cue to her at later stage to
her into flyabout, when I can run after her while
her pull and deploy that line. Where
she can fly in all exuberance and I not
the risk of her spooking to the next town.
may be my wishful thinking. But Tinkerbell seems
gather that I want her to circle the room. When
does a 3/4 circuit of the room, she gets no 'fly
fly' from me. She gets no 'good girl good girl'
a sporadic once every 3-4 days of a good flyabout
the apartment, she now does that about 2-3 times a
and always to my shouting of 'fly fly fly' and
girl good girl' and her treats.
tries to confuse me too. She will do a 3/4
and double back 3/4 to her starting point.
does a half room and double back making myself
should I click and treat her for that.
day will come when I feel she is ready enough to
to initiate her to a flyabout in the apartment.
I will take her to another rice field (far far
from any airport/airbase) or one of those vast
flood plains to see if I can get her to 'fly fly
with a 100m line available to see what she will
appreciate any of your thoughts on this new approach
I am trying.
- wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter
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