Riam at Wadi Maih
Riamfada at Nakhal fortress
I do believe the fundamental reason why I could do what was done with my birds is that I extend to them the dignity and respect due to sentient beings of equal standing. What they did/do for me was/is done as friend to friend .
The training is a joint effort, and there have been times I was not certain who trained who.
Perhaps I have been lucky in knowing people, a giant that I like to introduce you all to. When you read of our encounters, you understand that he , the birdwhisperer of Tsaoling, is one that I aspire to reach but know I never will.
The letters on that bird whisperer of Tsaoling are below in chronological order. They are all in Part 1 - Early Period of Tinkerbell.
The visits covered a period of time as can be seen from the date of the letters. You can see in between the 2nd and 3rd visits the additions to the birds of that bird whisperer.
He, that bird whisperer of Tsaoling, is the man that inspired me the most.
If you have time to read only one letter, read that tsaolingrevisit
In Oman, there are two cats with me.
Cats allowed into room with Riam the first time
I hope I do not shock you all too much that the cats joined us when we go outside and far away. They will come when I called them. So I decided to let them join our neighbourhood walks with Riam in
doing our neighbourhood walks
I think it was my living with cats and understanding cats that help me with understanding of birds.
You have no hope in hell of ‘alphaship’ over kitties. Neither do you have over a flighted bird.
The understanding of birds then help me with the understanding of cats even more.
And the better understanding of kitties help me with birdies from the time with Tinkerbell.
It was a delicate process of getting my cats to be friends with Riamfada. During the first 2 weeks, the cats were not allowed in the same room as Riamfada and could only watch us through the window.
They are all very good friends now.
I do like my cats too. That is why they join us all in our walks where we lived. When it is safe for the cats, we take them with us to far places too.
It started with Dommie in Wadi Fanja early this year. He was the first to be taken out with us far away.
Where he saw a much much bigger world than he could have imagined. You see for yourself if he liked it, even the water in the wadi. And the videos will show you his coming to me when asked nicely ‘Dommie Dommie come come come’
Then Katie, the one who tried to kill me in http://shanlung.livejournal.com/79517.html
joined us as well.
2 cats at Wadi Fanja
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out to faraway places
getting unsolicited advise where to go to and how to drive
I was a lot more detailed in my livejournal diary of Riamfada and me, as to how the training was done and the thoughts behind all that. I hope you find that if not useful, at least amusing to you all as to life here in Oman.
All the photos above were from events recorded and described in livejournal starting here
Tell your friends of us should you think our stories can help them , or amuse them
Here are some blog updates.
Riamfada - Overnight with her to Turtle Watching at Raz Al Jinz
Mash Batch 6 // Flying in Shangrila Muscat // Seifa Al Sheikh Revisited
Riamfada - Just being at home
Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper