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Sunday, May 31, 2009

3rd shama batch left the nest and 1st batch starts to molt?

After 12 days of incubation, like all previous batches, the 3rd batch babies left the nest on Friday 5/29/09. All three shama babies are very healthy without any defect.

On the other hand, I notice that the male from 1st batch has molt couple wingfeathers few days ago but haven't see any additional feather since. Also, the female from the 1st batch has one of her primary tail feather drop on Sunday 5/31/09. Measure the primary tail feather from tip to end is 3.5in or close to 9cm.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shama 3rd clutch hatch today

Recap: 1st egg laid on 05/04/09. Second and third egg laid on May 5th and 6th. The female skipped one day and laid the fourth and final fifth egg on May 8th and 9th. She started to incubate eggs at night on 2nd egg.

Update:
Around 11AM on Sunday 05/17/09, two out of the five eggs hatched.
Early morning of Monday around 6:30AM, the third egg hatched.
Afternoon on Tuesday around 5:00PM, the fourth egg hatched.
Looks like that the last 2 babies died on Thursday afternoon due to too small in size compare to the other 3 chicks which is older by 2 days.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Yorkshire Canary

This is my newly acquired canary. He is Yorkshire type which is much bigger than normal canary. His body shape is ok for this type of canary, not a show piece. And since I'm only interest in the songs, his shape form is not really important and don't have to be in perfect shape of Yorkshire type. My young male shama will benefit from the song of the canary and hopefully he can incorporate canary's song into his song.



Friday, May 8, 2009

Shama pair with 3rd clutch of 2009

Again, 5 days after the second clutch babies left the nest, the female starts to lay egg on 05/04/09. The femals also starts to incubate at night on her 2nd egg. First 3 eggs are laid everyday in the late morning; however, the 4th eggs are laid on 05/08/09 at very early in the morning (around 6:30AM). On this 3rd clutch, the female skips one day after the 3rd egg are laid and resume laying egg again on the 5th day. This maybe is the result of not enough calcium in her system? or with some other reason that I can't explain. Hopefully all the eggs will hatch.

This is the clip of possible the female in the process of laying eggs:




Update on 05/09/09: The female shama laid another eggs bring the total of eggs in this 3rd clutch to 5 eggs in 6 days.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Courtship and Mating of white-rumped shama

Just two days after the babies left the nest, what it looks like is the male tries to court the female and attemp to mate.







The next day, I move the camera from the nest to one of the conner of the aviary to try to capture the courtship:






Four day after the babies left the nest, first view of the acutal matting is below. They mated twice today, once at around 3:30pm and another time at around 6pm