Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 season

Last December and early January were cold months with unexpected heavy showers, cooler weather and strong winds.  It is now late February; the Monsoon rains have stopped and the breeding season for birds has commenced. I have paired my few selected pairs and they are doing well.

I was fortunate last year in getting a number of chicks from my difficult to breed males, Ballet Dancer and Skyhawk.  Ballet Dancer was 13 years old last year but he had more chicks last year than any previous year.  Amongst his male offspring were Samson and Curve.  For this year, he has been loaned to Michael.  Skyhawk also had more chicks last year than any other year but as the chicks came towards the end of the year,  I need to wait until they have completed their first molt to be able to better assess their quality.

Until this year I have not been able to have any chicks from Apache for the past 3 1/2 years.  He is the father of Cochise, Piston and Funkie.  These are birds that are well known for their courage, song and display.  Since the hatching of Piston, I have paired him each year in the hope of getting chicks from him but he has been largely unproductive.

With the knowledge and experience that I had gained from successfully breeding Ballet Dancer and Skyhawk last year, I had greater hope of also achieving success with Apache this year.  I have been lucky.  The January pairing resulted in infertile eggs but in February, 2 of the 4 eggs were fertile and hatched. The aim now is to try to continue to improve on his fertility.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Drumbeat's songs

In addition to the usual shama songs, Drumbeat also has his own mix of songs that I find pleasant.  Here are some of them:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Prime, DDS292

Falcon's son, Prime (DDS292).  He is 5 1/2 months old and just completing his molt.

I don't have a problem with my shamas being too tame but I can have a problem with my captive bred shamas being too wild if measures are not taken to keep them tame.

After the young males are weaned, I keep them in cages so that they can get used to people and being handled in the cage.  During this time, they are taught to bathe in the bath cage.

When the juveniles are about to molt, I transfer them to the garden aviaries.  While in the aviaries, I occasionally throw some live food on the floor when I visit them.  This helps to keep them tame but not over-friendly to people which is something I do not want.

After the molt, when I transfer the young birds back to cages, they remember what they have learnt and it is no problem getting them to bathe in the bath cage.

If the birds are initially reluctant to enter the bath cage, they can be coaxed to do so by having a few crickets swimming in the water. Their desire to catch the crickets soon overcomes their hesitation to enter the bath cage.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Falcon's son, Drumbeat, at just 7 months of age.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Skyhawk's son, DDS403 at 55 days of age.

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 of about 13". 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.