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Falconry

This is what being a falcon is all about. Being a Peregrine Falcon, as flown by monarchs.  More of her further down. First a cute Barn Owl. Click on an image twice for a closer view.

Barn Owl

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I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright! And I pity, any girl who isn’t me tonight” .
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“Alright, who said Kentucky Fried Owl”.

Harris Hawk


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“Really, do I look pretty”. “I do like a little owl though”.
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“But not dogs. We screech at dogs”.
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“Except really little ones, yum“.

Harris Hawks (really buzzards) hunt in groups and share their food.  As a result they work well with falconers, who they regard as part of their hunting group.
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“To be a good falcon, one has to be determined”.
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“Fearlessly overtake vehicles”.
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“Look like one means business”.
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“And strut about as if one owns the place”.

These are beautiful and very impressive birds, but I don’t think I’d like one in my kitchen. 🙂

Peregrine Falcon

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“Now, I really am cute”.
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Or perhaps not”.
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“Lets get to the main event, and take a gander at those legs”.
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“Anybody who thinks that I look like Gonzo the Great, does so at their own risk.  Especially that dozy looking photographer over there”.

Peregrine Falcons fly on the level at up to 60 mph and dive at more than 200 mph.  These are the jet fighters of the falconry world and come with a regal attitude. Too fast to land safely on a gloved hand, so they chase a lure swung at the end of a long tether.  Too fast for me to get a good photograph, but I did at least get her in the frame a couple of times.
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“I got it and its mine see”.

Once a Peregrine has caught the lure they are allowed to finish the morsel.  Otherwise they feel cheated and will not chase the lure again.
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“Toodle pip.  Do come again, we’ll have some tea”.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these amazing birds.  The pictures were taken during King Harold’s Day at Waltham Abbey.  The display was provided by Coda Falconry where you can spend more time with the birds for a fee. There is another Harris Hawk in flight and diving at Leeds Castle.

There was also Loki the cheeky rescued raven,  He gets a post of his own here.

4 responses

  1. Aren’t they glorious! Wonderful photos. Have you heard of the book, “H is for Hawk?” It is fascinating and covers the whole history of British falconry. The author lives in Cambridge and is quite brilliant.

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    October 20, 2015 at 18:15

    • Thanks for the info. I hadn’t heard of the book. Will certainly take a look.

      It is getting a close up look at these birds which inspires interest. Fascination even. 🙂

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      October 20, 2015 at 19:25

  2. Wow – amazing shots! I’m reading H is for Hawk too – it’s fabulous!

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    October 23, 2015 at 13:11

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