Friday, January 30, 2015

Setiady's JL59

This is Setiady's first molt female shama, JL59, that he obtained from Jeffrey Low when it was a taimong.  It has only just completed its molt.  The photos were taken by Setiady.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Skyhawk's son (DDS402), at 50 days of age, having a splashing good time:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Long Fellow

Pretty Boy's youngest son from last year, Long Fellow, has dropped his remaining primary tail.  He had the longest taimong tails that Jeffrey, Michael and I have ever bred from my line of birds.

Below is a photo of the slightly longer tail.  It is about 7" (measured tip to tip).

Long Fellow's elder brother from an earlier nest had taimong tails measuring 6.5" and first molt tails exceeding 12". It will be interesting to see the length and quality of Long Fellow's first molt tails in about 3 months.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The photos below were provided by Setiady to me.  They are of JL59, a first molt female shama that Setiady had acquired from Jeffrey as a taimong.  Jeffrey had bred it from parents obtained from me.  The father of JL59 is Bragger's Delight.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Drumbeat, DDS287

This is Falcon's 6 1/2 months old son, Drumbeat (DDS287). He is feeling refreshed after his bath and sings his sub-song and waves his tails.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mint 150114

Pretty Boy's 7 months old son, Mint, DDS283, (hatched: 14/6/14):

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Flame's daughter, DDS269

In addition to DDS272, whose photo I posted on 7th January, Ooi had also purchased Flame's daughter DDS269 from Jeffrey. Her parents are Flame and Will's 1st daugher and she is a sister of DDS272 from the same nest. Below are photos of DDS269 on completion of her first molt that I received from Ooi by Whatsapp today. As shown in the photos, the primary tails are about 180mm (7+ inches).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Someone mentioned to me the other day that whilst there are several references to Flame on my blog, there is no video of him as an adult although there are photos and videos of his progeny.  I suppose the reason is that I have seldom kept him in a cage which is the preferred place for recording a video.  Flame has mostly been in the aviary where he has been used as a breeder resulting in him having many outstanding chicks, both male and female ( see e.g the latest photo of his female offspring DDS272 that I posted on 7 January).

By being constantly used as a breeder right up to the commencement of the molt, the tail feathers are often adversely affected, but this does not matter if the bird is intended as a breeder.

Flame has recently completed his molt and is coming into breeding condition.  The video below was recorded last night under artificial light.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Skyhawk's son

This is DDS405 at 36 days of age.  He is a son of Skyhawk from a nest of 3 males and 1 female.  All the 3 males look alike attesting to Skyhawk's prepotency as a breeder.
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