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