Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shama Sun-bathing

Below is a photo of one of my favourite shamas enjoying a sun-bath in the large aviary in which he is molting.  The aviary receives some early evening sun which enters a small section of the aviary at an angle. It can be seen that the shama has especially sought out the sunlight and he is enjoying its warmth.  I do not usually sun my long tailed shamas when they are in cages as the heat tends to dry the tail feathers and cause them to curve upwards which is unsightly.  However, when they are in the aviary, they can choose whether or not to sun-bathe as I make sure that the sun only shines directly on a small portion of the aviary.  They usually do, spending about 10 minutes a day in the sun.

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