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    Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    I thought I should mention in here.

    A bit of the background to that. You knew I given up Yingshiong the white rumped shama to the Jurong Bird Park in 2005. I refused blank cheque offers so that he could fly in huge aviaries in JBP.
    I went back to see him in 2008
    Shama Yingshiong - Final Closure

    Then I was there and wrote of that about a year ago uncertain if I seen Yingshiong
    New camera at Jurong Bird Park // Shades of Yingshiong

    I was afraid of asking for Yingshiong as that was so many years ago, even if it seem to me just a short while back. What if I was told Yingshiong died or they at the JBP do not know what I was talking about. After all, they have thousands of birds, bigger and more valuable than a tiny white rumped shama.

    I now cut to a recent posting I did in my facebook

    You know I do not have birdies now and not have any until I find that place I will retire in where ever that might be. I thought my interactions with birdies will be restricted to what I can shoot in my camera even though I got myself a year pass into Jurong Bird Park. I also got a year pass into Singapore Zoo , and a year pass into Gardens by the Bay. But perhaps my interactions with birds might be more than just looking at them. I accepted an offer to be a Docent of Wildlife Reserves Singapore , an offer made to me I suspect largely because I am a year pass holder and not because of me as Shanlung. That will give me free and unlimited access into the Zoo and JBP. I am still undergoing training to be Docent in the JBP. That depends also on my being able to pass the tests they conduct. And my being in Singapore long enough (remember I am about to go on my walkabout to check out retirement places). In a strange way, I will be having a lot to do with all kinds of parrots from African greys to Hyacinth Macaws, white rumped shamas to green leaf birds, and Hornbills, and raptors and more. See what Jurong Bird Park is about. I strongly suggest that those planning to visit JBP for the first time should allocate an entire day here at the least. You might even see and talk to me as one of your guide into the bird world.
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    I was assigned to the station of my choice and into the JBP. In last weekend, 22 March 2014, I and others were at the JBP for station training. Part of the training was a guided walk into the South East Asian aviary. When we were there, I saw a white rumped shama flying in the huge walk in aviary and not in the side aviaries of that SEA exhibit. That shama flew in front of me a couple of times.

    After that walk and the training session was over, I finally gathered my courage and asked that guide how long he was in JBP. If he told me he was there for 5 years or so, I would not ask if he known Yingshiong. He told me he was there for 15 years.

    I then asked if he knew of Yingshiong with my heart in my mouth. To my surprise, he told me yes, he know of Yingshiong. And that he was flying about in that huge walk in aviary. He asked how I knew. I then told him I am the Shanlung who gave him up. He smiled and said that yes, he been to my web pages a long time ago but had not known I was among the latest batch of Docents.

    I smiled too. That likely it was Yingshiong that flew a couple of time in front of me.

    And since I am a Docent there, I will be seeing a lot more of Yingshiong.

    And I bought my ticket to Taiwan , Apr 10-24, where I will be seeing Tinkerbell again.
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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    What a touching story, Shanlung. I know myself how difficult it is to sometimes have to part with our beloved birds. However, I am a firm believer, even though they will miss us, if we find just the right aviary, or caregiver, or person to care for them and love them, they will thrive in a new environment. You definitely did the right thing for Yingshiong, and now, almost 10 years later, you have found him to be happy and in good health. I am very hopeful you will get to reunite with Yingshiong, by touching him, and holding him, in the near future. And I will just bet he will know you. Birds are very intelligent and never forget any thing that has happened to them in their entire life. That is my true belief.

    Do share your story about seeing Tinkerbell when you get back from your trip to Taiwan. And safe travels as well!

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    On the 26 March, I wrote that I might have seen Yingshiong my old shama. Go back to that entry if you have not seen that.
    Anyway, today on 30 March, was another of the Docent training at JBP from 1 to 3 pm. When that was over, I walked out of JBP with the others in my group. I was not certain if I want to check if YS was there and if he still knew me. I was a bit of a coward. I then retraced my steps and went back into JBP. I am still a Friend of Birds and a yearly pass holder to walk into JBP and Singapore Zoo.

    I was glad not many people were in the South East Asia rain forest exhibit. With a heavily planted over center section walk in aviary and with hundreds of birds of different color and sizes there.

    I walked and called “Yingshiong come come come”. Nothing came. I tried that a few times , glad no one was there. I reached the far end and saw a little shama high above me on a branch. I was not even sure if that was Yingshiong as those tiny white rumped shama looked so much alike.



    I stood there watching him for ten minutes and decided that could not be Yingshiong. He then dived from his branch down towards me and did a circular flight about me and landed on the ground about 3-4 feet in front of me. He then flew to the side and perched there.








    No other birds which were not even as shy as a shama would have done that. He sang very softly to me. I mentioned the very soft singing of YS before in http://www.shanlung.com/shamasong.html

    I did not have my Olympus EPL5.
    That camera gave up the ghost last night when I went with my wife to celebrate Earth hour with Spiderman https://www.facebook.com/events/1425245187720226/

    I was going to take that to Olympus repair center to see if that camera of just one year can be resurrected.

    I only had my Nokia state of art phone of 7 years ago. I resisted the arm twisting done by my wife on me to take her Iphone. That old Nokia could not take good photos. I had to be very near YS to take the photos you are seeing.

    YS then flew 15 meters away to a branch on high tree. That was near a bench so I went there to sit and see what else that shama would do.



    In a while, he flew down nearer to me. I decided I would not even try to get YS to land on me as he needed to be wild.






    I remained contended he flew down near me. After another 30 minutes or so, I said my goodbye to him and that we will meet again.
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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    What a beautiful bird YS is! I admire you so much for letting him fly free in JBP What a gorgeous place for him to live! It definitely had to be a bittersweet meeting for you. Just reading your post brought tears to my eyes. I feel very confident that little bird was YS. And I know in my heart he still misses you and loves you. But he has to be super happy in that environment. What a meeting it was. And like you, I feel confident that you will meet there again! Thank you for the lovely post.

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    From my facebook. But should be here in this thread too.

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    I felt like a fool. After all, I could not recognise Yingshiong at first. I wanted to believe that was YS but dared not believe that was YS and therefore thought that was not YS at first.
    YS must have seen thousands of humanoids walking there. And to a Caucasian, Chinese all look alike and with Chinese, all Caucasians look alike.

    What about to a tiny bird? Wouldnt humans all look the same to the birdie? The last time YS was with me was until early 2006 when I went to Riyadh. And for visit in 2008. Clearly it was YS who recognised me to have done that circling flights around me and landed in front of me, and flew about near me, about 3 feet from me.
    YS showed better memory than I had. And when he showed he remembered me, I did not say "Yingshiong come come come" anymore. He was already there. And much as I like the thought of him landing on me, I had to restrain myself and have minimum interactions with YS for his own long term good. I hate the thought that if I got him used to landing on me, he might land on other visitors. But that being said, YS never landed on my wife and friends much as they tried even with bribing YS shamelessly.
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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    Well, I am a firm believer that birds truly can recognize, and do bond with us in ways that only Nature can orchestrate and create. I have known folks who have lost an animal such as a dog, and to happen on those by some coincidence years later, and the pet would immediately come to them. I feel that birds are "super intelligent" creatures. I have had birds in my home for many years. Each one of them bonds with me in his/her own special way, and I truly believe, that if some of those that I had to part with years ago, due to having to move to a new place where I could not keep them all, were to ever see me again, they would also immediately recognize me, as well as fly to me. YS looked upon you as his mate. It has been just as difficult for him as it has been for you, that the two of you had to part, but you were looking out for the very best interests of him, and as I had spoken before, you could have not found him a more beautiful place to live. I hope you will get to go back to JBP and visit on occasion. I truly believe that a "Bird Spirit", can and will unite with a "Human Spirit", because in reality, when God created the Universe, and all creatures and humans in it, in my view, we all were created to be Spirit entwined, no matter whether animal, bird, fish, insect, or human. And I also believe, that if everyone could see life in that perspective, what a much more peaceful world we could live in, because everyone would "respect" ALL of creation and want to live in a tranquil and peaceful setting for their entire lives while living on this earth.

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    Like I said on your facebook page Shanlung I have no doubt that Yingshiong knew exactly who you were and how amazing that he came down to spend some time with you. I would have had to get him to land on me if I were you because I would have been just too happy to see him after all those years.
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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    My bird knows me from everyone else without a doubt. I'm the only person she will allow near her and she somehow even knows when I pull up in the drive. My wife tells me every day when I come home from work she starts pacing and screaming till I come over and get her and talk to her a bit It is certainly a welcome home that can't be ignored.

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    Shanlung Good to hear from you.
    You are still a Birdman, even though you do not have any birds at the moment.
    I trust you will find a place to settle and then get back into bird keeping. People like you are important for our captive birds as they can learn to be happy having someone around who loves them.
    R.I.P my little ones.

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    From my facebook today

    Last Saturday, 5 April 2014, was another of my docenting thingie at Jurong Bird Park. That was in morning from 10 to 12. You know I had this disquiet mingled with strong desire to see Yingshiong. Part of me already more than satisfied YS still around, and can be seen and heard, and still showed that he remembered me. The other part was to leave him alone and be in his new life. I felt it will not do to keep seeing him daily or even on weekly basis. Then I thought, hang on a moment, I probably will not be able to see him for close to 2 months. You know I be flying off to Taiwan from 10-24 April. Followed by almost the whole of May in Bali and Lombok.
    So I thought I say hi to him in his South East Asia Aviary. I walked to the end and place where I last saw him. I called his name but could not see him. In a while, a tiny black and red bird flew to a branch and remained there. Almost like not acknowledging me. I stood there a while and he remained on his branch for that while. I was not unhappy that he did not seem to do more such as flying that circle around me and landing in front of me that he did that first time.
    I was happy enough that he was there.
    That day was heavily drizzling the entire day. I was under my umbrella. My poor YS might have been under shelter of a leaf and came out into the wet and the rain for me. I told him silently until the next time and I walked off.
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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    I love your heart Shanlung. Your feelings for birds and all creatures is just inspiring because you feel their souls when you are around them and not too many people feel that deeply for animals. Yingshiong still must love you as much as you do him and I do not think he minded too much to come on down to sit and be with you for a little bit even when he was getting rained on. I know he is happy living where he is now and he must like seeing you when you come to visit.

    Have a wonderful journey to Taiwan and I will be looking forward to reading your blogs and seeing the great pictures you will be taking when you come back.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

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    End of Dubai chapter// Colugo again // Yingshiong Reunion & Tinkerbell // Taijichuan at Koh Phagnan
    http://shanlung.livejournal.com/145170.html
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    Hugs right back to you Shanlung...

    The Colugo is beautiful and very unique and I had never seen one or even heard of one until I read your blog. I will have to read more about them because they are very intriguing beasties. I truly hope you have a great visit with Tinkerbell and hopefully you will be able to spend lots of good quality time with Tink.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Warmest regards

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    Re: Yingshiong and Tinkerbell

    Tinkerbell is as beautiful as always and I just loved the selfies of you and Tink What a amazing place to go and see and the beauty all around is just jaw dropping gorgeous. I love all the green plants, flowers and also Tinkerbell. It must of been hard to leave her once again but it least you and her had a wonderful few days together. By the way your harness looked so much better than the red one and I can see why Tinkerbell liked yours so much better.

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures and as always your pictures and writings made me feel just like I was there with you.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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