Monday, November 22, 2010

Shama Competitions

Two weeks ago, a shama bred by me won 1st prize at the Penang shama competition.  This shama has tails exceeding 13”.  It is owned by Ah Choon.  I am told that it performed very well throughout the competition.  Birds like this help to establish that captive-bred shamas with long tails can compete on more than equal terms with wild-caughts.

After many years of being away from the shama competition scene in Singapore, I entered Apache for the Kebun Bahru competition yesterday morning. I had had no time to train him for the competition but he was singing well at home. 

Shama competitions in Singapore are mostly held nowadays over 3 to 4 rounds.  Yesterday’s competition was over 3 rounds.  Where the competition is over 3 rounds, there will be 3 judges who take turns to judge about 1/3rd of the birds in each round.  The average of the marks awarded by the judges, decides the placings.

Five minutes before the 1st round commenced, Apache began dry-bathing, preening his wings, tails and body feathers as he would when taking a bath.  This is an indication that the bird has no form or it has not been well prepared for the competition.  After a few minutes, he settled and began singing.  I didn’t think there was anything special about his performance but it was good enough for him to take 2nd place in his section, losing to the top bird in his section by only 0.1 points.

I had breakfast with friends during the 2nd round and did not see Apache’s performance.  His marks were not good.  He lost to the top bird in his section by 2 points.  This is a lot since the top birds can be separated by only 0.xx points.

In the 3rd round, Apache was much better than he had been in the first round.  While he still did not “play” the cage, he was alert, dominating, and consistent in his song.  I expected him to receive top marks in his section and he did.  The final result was a 6th placing.

I guess Apache’s poor showing was due to his lack of training.  There will be another competition this coming weekend and I will probably enter him.  One week is too short a time to train him and I will just take the coming competition as part of his training and use it to prepare him for competitions next year.

1 comment:

  1. This is just wonderful David! That captive-bred long tailed shamas can compete with wild shamas on more then equal term.

    Andy Doan