Hunting Hawks

The Art of Falconry, and the beauty of birds of prey.

ever-the-fighter asked: How did you get Maya?

crazycritterlife:

Maya was wild-trapped using a bal-chatri. Its one of the most common methods used by falconers to acquire wild birds. Its essentially a wire dome with a bait animal placed inside. When the hawk comes down after the bait animal, it will often grab at the trap. When it does this, wire slip-nooses entangle the feet and the falconer is able to run in and quickly grab the bird. Then the training begins.

My particular trap looks like the one in the first photo below. I like it because the design allows it to be tossed out the window of a car, meaning you don’t have to get out to set the trap, meaning the hawk that you’re targeting is less likely to be spooked. I also like it because the bait animal doesn’t get hurt . I’ve think I’ve trapped a total of 3 red-tails and 8 kestrels with it. 

crazycritterlife:

Swing and a miss, but pushing off the ground for another attempt as it flies by

crazycritterlife:

Swing and a miss, but pushing off the ground for another attempt as it flies by

thepredatorblog:

expressions-of-nature:

Forest Majesty - Golden Eagle | John Gooday

MAJESTIC 

thepredatorblog:

expressions-of-nature:

Forest Majesty - Golden Eagle | John Gooday

MAJESTIC 

catsteaks:

Hunting Ring-Necked Pheasants with Goshawks and pointers in Ireland

(via howtoskinatiger)

ravendroppings:

fireun:

out with ravendroppings and her red tailed hawk, Barton. Flushed rabbits, but the bastards made it to cover (there is an insanely ill-placed shed structure on the land we were hunting on, and one fellow was inconsiderate enough to be hanging out right next to a burrow). Nothing delicious to show for it, but it was a good trip out.

Fireun got some nice photos of my red-tail Barton today :)  End of the season is coming up in 6 days.

crazycritterlife:

Female red-tail on a jack - Lake Ming Mini Meet

howtoskinatiger:

Whippet hunting alongside a Harris hawk. 
"In this picture, the hawk and dog have chased a bird about 35 yards and into cover, and are about to roust it from its hiding place. I can’t remember if this one went down the hatch, but do recall that Rina and Smash both caught birds that day.
Over the course of this past season, these two forged a serious and deadly partnership, and something of a friendly competition too. Working together, we were able to hunt a great deal more effectively over marginal ground—-something more essential every year in my dwindling stable of hawking spots.”
Photo by Sid Seruntine

howtoskinatiger:

Whippet hunting alongside a Harris hawk. 

"In this picture, the hawk and dog have chased a bird about 35 yards and into cover, and are about to roust it from its hiding place. I can’t remember if this one went down the hatch, but do recall that Rina and Smash both caught birds that day.

Over the course of this past season, these two forged a serious and deadly partnership, and something of a friendly competition too. Working together, we were able to hunt a great deal more effectively over marginal ground—-something more essential every year in my dwindling stable of hawking spots.”

Photo by Sid Seruntine

(Source: stephenbodio.blogspot.co.uk, via cynological)

crazycritterlife:

Maya caught herself a bunny this afternoon! She couldn’t be upstaged by Zuko ;) She was on fire today and we had 5-6 fantastic flights after bunnies before she connected with this one. All the cottontails were out thanks to the recent rain, so it was a great day of flying!

chupaflora:

importerrobinson:

izzatso:

Misato, who has been previously hired by her High School to rid their auditorium of pigeons, asserts that her falcon, Momotaro, will get the job done.

“The falcon is a divine punishment against crows. When their eyes meet the glare of the falcon, they will definitely not return” she says without a single doubt in her mind.

Japan’s Schoolgirl Falconer Is Incredibly Badass [Japanator]

that quote omfg lmao

Her falcon is possibly named “Peach boy” and that to me is just amazing.

(Source: disco-dancer-donna, via ergonomiczombie)