Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Valley of pigeons, Cappadocia

Interesting place to view birds. Saw a few Hawks (might be Northern Goshawk), a large sparrowhawk (compared to Japanese Sparrowhawk), many Magpies, and in the picture fluffed up sparrows and pigeons which villagers keep for its droppings to use as fertiliser.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Back safely in his cage

I do not know the correct English term for the "terap", "getah" or "gam" I use. It is made from the latex of a tree locally known as "Terap". Properly conditioned, it does not harm the bird nor does it damage its feathers. Mine wasn't as well made as it should. Nonetheless, it does its job with minimal damage to the Shama's feathers.

Above is a photo shot of it moments after recapture. That is how it should work.
The bird is a first molt Shama purportedly from Pulau Rimau. Forgot to measure its tail, but look at the most, 6".

Trapping an escaped Shama

Was having breakfast with my kids today when I got a call from my mom....
a bird has escaped from the green cage.... gosh! that is a friend's bird.
Well, I had lost a few birds when they escaped, usually when I am not home. The crucial thing to protect them from is the cats and other fierce wild birds (i.e. crows and magpie robins). If things are peaceful, they usually make their way home.

So, hurrying up the kids through their breakfast, I made it home & realised it wasn't the bird from the green aviary, but the metal green cage. Its a relief, I don't mind that much losing my own birds, but other people's bird is always a burden :(
Finally spotted it on a Mata Kuching tree and devised a simple contraption with sticky latex that I usually have handy at home.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I remembered this fish as a popular fad some time ago. In fact I was guilty of keeping one too.
Saw this specimen & bought it for RM50.... a while back, this may have cost hundreds of RM.
This will probably be the most interactive fish you can keep, responding to hand movement and food :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Forgot how fast they grow.... been 12 years ago since I had a puppy in the house. And the puppy I had 12 years ago is now being bullied by this new puppy.... aiya! "no big no small"
Sigh! a dilema.... when we want a game & athletic dog, it comes with associated problems ;)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Philippine import

An import from Philippine, mistaken to be a female in its younger days ;)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Conducive place to incubate ideas

Imagine a scene from an old kung fu movie.... hero gets bashed up, nowhere to run.... ends up seeking shelter in an old abandoned temple ;)

That is where I will be in a short time. Well, maybe the temple is not old enough, but abandoned, it definitely is. And seeking shelter, I most definitely will. And from there, hopefully some kind sifu will take pity on me and teach me some kung fu to fight back what life will throw at me. Or maybe I find a lost scroll hidden somewhere & I teach myself some kung fu hehehe! interesting thoughts!

Well, coming from an interesting person, I expect nothing less......  :D