Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blog Review

I am reviewing Ab Wilkinson's' blog about Falconry, it is titled "Of Wings and Talons," and can be viewed at http://ofwingsandtalons.blogspot.com/. All in all, I believe that this is an amazing blog, because it is about his own Falconry adventures. Even thought it only has three blog post, it is still an amazing blog, due to the fact that one blog post is about that whole Falconry season. I also like this blog because of the variety of pictures that are on it, and they are not just pictures of his hawk either, which is named Rebel by the way. He has pictures of his family, also hunting with their raptors. But sadly, I don't think this guy does Falconry anymore, there has not been a post from this blog since 2012. And to further the cause, his last post was about releasing Rebel into the wild. It is actually a good and interesting read, he might over exaggerate a lot. Honestly, I think it was a good thing that he did. You can obviously tell that he was not dedicated fully to his hawk. This cannot be taken as just a hobby, Falconry is a full-fledged lifestyle, and even at the top of his page he has a quote by, T.H. White. The quote is, "Falconry is not a hobby or an amusement: it is a rage. You eat and drink it, sleep it and think it. You tremble to write of it, even in recollection. It is, as King James the First remarked, an extreme stirrer of passions." Now I know that I could keep going on and on about how this guy wasn't dedicated. But I could tell that he was very intrigued by this lifestyle, he just couldn't care for Rebel 24/7. But besides that I thought it was a really good blog.... Back in the day.





                                                                    
Rebel, in the middle of a hunt

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

You shall not pass...














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Friday, March 6, 2015

Falconry Poem

     A Haiku about Falconry,
   


             Soaring through the air, 
            zooming down to catch its prey,
             returning to his owner, free.






Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book review


  The Summer of the Falcon,
                          In this book there is a little bit of everything, from good old fashioned family time,to a huge plot twist. For people that love the outdoors, and people that love a little bit of drama, I highly recommend this book. During June in the Summer, Pritchard 13 year old life, she was given a Sparrow Hawk from her family. Which are bigger than the what you think, If you want to see them click here, http://www.desertusa.com/birds/sparrow-hawk.html. She was given this bird, almost like if a parent was to give you a animal to learn about. To learn how to take care of another life, and she was really good at it. For the next three summers her and her hawk Zander grow up and develop, She teaches her hawk to hunt insects for food. But she comes to realize that she is given more responsibilities as she is growing up. She then finds out about herself that she wants freedom for her and her Falcon more than anything, but she then realizes that freedom without self discipline means almost nothing. Even though the book was published in 1979 I still believe that it is a good book, usually I am the type of person that is all about the new, but I am a huge fan of this book. It is also perfect for the time, because back in the late 60-70's it was a popular demand to catch a wild winged-predator and keep it as a pet. But, at the same time I am happy movie makers aren't doing anything to this book. For example, you'll see movie makers make movies out of old books. But in today's society I don't this another movie or book of this nature would not be a good fit. To be fully honest, it was very hard to stay hooked on this book at sometimes. It was just a challenge to find a book about Falconry. In a final say about the book, I think it is a one of a kind book, that will probably never have any competition. So, for a rating out of 10, I would have to give a solid 6.5. Could be a lot worse, but then again it has a slight chance to be better.




Response to Falling Hawks Video

I am responding to Falling Hawks video on his Peruvian Harris Hawk hunting and got a rabbit. When you see the video you have to realize that even in the wild, these animals are on the food chain. So, when this hawk goes and gets the rabbit, you probably should remember it is only nature. You may also need to realize this is what Falconry is, and this is what this activity is made for. So, I believe that this video is amazing, even though it takes two tries to get his raptors prey. But, I have a feeling that this guy was in a secret spot, because he was right in the middle of the city in a park. Nobody else was near him, and he had multiple rabbits at once.



Peruvian Harris Hawk 
The one thing that I am disappointed with is with the Website that this video is posted to. Go ahead, click the word "Website," as I wait...Yeah, exactly it does not work. I found out that it only works if you are at home or somewhere away from Fortuna High. But, besides that I believe that it is an exceptional video. Even though it is his second try posting it, but the only difference I see in the two videos, is the quality. I think the second post of the video it looks more HD when it comes to quality. Now when it comes to his Peruvian Harris Hawk Falcon, I think it is a beautiful bird. Easily a close second, maybe almost topping the Golden Eagle. But remember that I am not a Falconer, I am just judging on appearance and video that I have found on the internet. All in all, I think it is an amazing video and I want to see more from his channel in the future, if you want to check out his channel please click on his website, at the top of the screen.

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to... Acquire a Bird for Falconry

The main question that is asked by rookie falconers, or Apprentice is how to get a raptor for Falconry. Well I am here to answer that question, first you must know that if you want to do competition Falconry you must have a certain species of bird. If you want a Broad wings: Golden Eagles, Buzzards , or Harris Hawk. Long wings: Peregrine Falcons, Lanner Falcon and the Gyrfalcon.Or Short Wings: Accipiters (goshawks). So if you want to be in Competitive Falconry click on one of those links and you can start doing research on your topic. But, while you are an apprentice (or rookie falconers) can only have one bird, and they are usually Red-Tail or Kestrel birds. If you just want to catch a falcon and not get the usual two birds that apprentice's usually get. You do what people do for any other wild animal, and that is trapping. If you want to see what type of traps work click here. Even though it may not seem right, you need to keep in mind that many Falconers do not see there Falcons as pets, but as wild-animals, just as the exception that they are indeed trained. Back to the trapping, if you are trying to catch a Falcon it is a smart idea to wear gloves, and have a towel to wrap the bird in, and a hood for the bird. It is also a good idea to bring binoculars so you can spot the bird you are spotting to trap. Obviously you need to bring bait. All raptors like meat, they are all basically carnivores, so getting raw meat from just the general store in your neighborhood should do the trick, just keep in mind you may catch more than one bird, so you might need more help when you go back to check your traps. 


                                                              


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Non-Competitive Falconry




       In the Persian-Gulf there are Non-Competitive events being held. It is the 6th ever Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival at Sabkhet Marmi. Many events are scheduled for this free admission event. It starts on the 1st of January, all the way through January 31st. But due to much rainfall, the festival is now going to go through February 2. Some events showcase the speed of the raptor and others showcase the endurance of them, but of course the bird is disqualified if it does not return to its owner. Even though it is headlined with a NON-competitive event you have to know there is at least a little competition for first place. But of course you don't just get bragging rights, the top 5 place winners drive away with a brand new car. The Habari or Hourbara bastard is not Falconry it has been linked with the heritage of Falconry.
The Golden Eagle
  Of course the people of the Persian-Gulf don't have the Golden Eagle, due to the fact it is also called the North American eagle. But it is a super good picture and I wanted to put it in. But mostly the birds used in this competition were Habari birds, which are known for their speed. If you want to see Habari birds click on this link http://tanzaniabirdatlas.com/news-habari.html. But for the Falconers that did not use Habari birds they used many different types of eagles and hawks. 
  
  In my opinion, I think it is a very good thing that people are still doing Falconry events, even though it is not a huge headlined event. I think it would be an amazing event to go to, but if it was me I would want to be in a much closer place than to be in the Persian-Gulf.Because i am that type of person that gets home sick is very easy. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Good Samaritan

    When you think of Falconry, you think of someone sending a bird off, and calling the bird back. But, when you get a random phone call from someone you have no clue from, and they said they have a hawk that is in danger. The hawk was attacked by a dog, while feeding on a pigeon. Of course, you want to help, but Isaac did more than just that. He took in the bird and fixed it up. But Isaac an obviously serious falconer helped in a huge way. He could of just said No, he was too busy. But he did more he went out of his way to help save a bird by giving it food, fixing broken wings and helping it move easy since it also broke a talon. Isaac the falconer that saved the bird then sent it to a rehab center to get better care.





The hawk that was attacked by the dog.


    I think what Isaac did was just incredible a working man that also had time to save this bird is just remarkable. To do one thing by picking it up, he also cared for it for a couple days. Then deciding to give it even more care is just an amazing thing. The bird suffered many injuries, but I am extremely sure that it is now in perfect hands and if it is now used in the art if Falconry it is making a lucky person extremely happy. In my opinion, I think he is a very good person and Human Being. He has to be a good person in everyday life, because many people I know would not do anything like that. The post for this blog was posted three years ago, but if you still want to read his blog click here at http://anotherfalconryblog.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 23, 2015

Falconry is an Art

     Many people think that falconry is a sport, but in reality it is an art. Even I thought it was a sport, but in my research I have found out that it is indeed an art. Now it is definitely a huge pet-peeve for me when people say it is just a sport. When I first started this Blog even I said that it was a sport, but it is not. With all the time and motivation it takes, you cant have ANY off days. You have to always feed your bird every day, but not just any regular bird food. You have to feed your carnivore bird roughage (or Dietary Fiber), such as fur, so the bird can digest properly. Most birds have to have fur or feathers in their system. Most American falconers use Finches and Pigeons, mostly small. It is especially important in a diet is to give the bird a variety of meat, including: small animals and rodents to insects.
      But away from just a healthy diet, there is much more stuff you have to do. It is not for everyone, it is not a suitable pastime for children. A beginner must learn so much more than just how to care for the bird, But to also learn about the various gaming birds, their stages of life, characteristics, prey, and most of all care of the animal. I don't believe it is a sport because in Professional sports you do not have to study and do a huge quantity of preparation EVERY day, and you especially don't have to  worry what your teammate (or pet bird) is eating.Even though I say it is an art, people may think of paintings or music, but art is changing everyday and that is what Falconry more than just a sport or a different way to hunt it is more than just that.

Friday, January 16, 2015

How to get started in Falconry

Many people have questions about Falconry. "How is it played", "Is it even a sport", "Where can I even get a Falcon?"  Well I am here to answer the main one, "How do I get started." First off, obviously you need to know how to get started. First you would have to see if Falconry is even legal in your state. Sorry, but if you live in Hawaii, Delaware, or Connecticut you cannot even participate in the sport. Before you even start to sign up, you will need to think to yourself, are you even ready to take all this time, and dedication to care for this type of life style. Then go to one of the many websites they have on the internet, on mostly any site you pick, after you sign up, the site will send you a lot of material to study (It will probably say that it is from your state), and study that information. Once all of that happens you need to find a Falconer, call or Email one, and see how he works with his normal life schedule, and with his bird, and if possible see if you can go hunting with him. After that, you will need a sponsor; new Falconers (or Apprentices) are required to have a sponsor for at least two years of their careers. Then after all this is done, you must have a written examination to acquire your, legal documents.

The examination will have of questions designed to test your knowledge of birds of prey, raptor biology, health care of the birds, laws and more. You must pass with an 80% or better. After you passed you need to make a suitable living space for your bird, and meet the legal requirements. Make sure you have all food and items needed. Then submit your applications to a proper wildlife official, to make sure everything is properly in order. The before receiving your bird make sure to get all permits, licenses, and other documents, you must have these before you get your bird. Remember that you will have to constantly care for your new bird; you will have to care for it 365 days of the year. A quote was said by Ted Benzon, the administrator for the falconry program for South Dakota's Game Fish & Parks Department saying, "Falconry is not a hobby; it is a lifestyle."



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Why I am Interested in Falconry

I am excited to learn about Falconry, not only the history of Falconry, but how the sport is played. I am interested in this sport because I usually joke around about the sport, because well, I never thought it was a real sport. But, I want to give the sport a chance since I truly want to learn about the sport. The reason I want to learn about this sport is because, there is actually a new car commercial for Ford, and a guy pulls a Falcon out of a box, and released it into the wild. That got me thinking, how cool would it be to have a pet Falcon, and why not be able to show it off. Interestingly that is what got me thinking, what if people that play in Falconry are just showing of there; Eagles, Buzzards, Owls and of course, Falcons to the public. I know for a fact, if I had a bird used for Falconry I would definitely be showing it off to friends and other people. Teaching them not only the history of the sport. But, besides just the sport, there are people around Vegas with snakes and other crazy amphibians, why not have a hawk or eagle on your hand that is on top of that food chain. Even though it would probably be a lot of stress on the bird. I definitely wouldn't bring the bird to a huge city, but I would show it off to my friends. Even though I am talking about Falconry I do not know much about it, I wish I did. But all I know about it is that it is not so much a competition sport, but more of an art. You have to devote months if not years to it, and of course a whole lot of training, you have to teach an apex predator to go and hunt which it use to do when it was wild. Then come back to you and come back to captivity, and not fly away.