Just a quick hello from a falconer who has recently taken up stalking. The similarities between stalking and walking-up game with a Harris' or gos are striking; leaving aside the differing quarry of course!
Thanks folks, I did wonder if I was only talking to myself! I'm up in not so Sunny Scotland, somewhat north of Glasgow. Got my DSC 1 the other week; I shot my first Roe three months ago and have a total of three so far, so very, very much a beginner! Have been flying and hunting birds for nearly five years, a female Harris' Hawk and a tiercel white Gyr/Saker are my hunting birds, plus a collection of assorted owls just because I love 'em!
please don't say you hav an european eagle owl as they are the most lasiest birds i hav seen
i saw one once run after a rabbit as it was to lazy to fly
i hav also released barnies into the wild from a clutch of eggs i incubated but sadly to say only one male survived he is about 8 years old now and is resident still in the release area
Yep I have a male EEO! He wants to kill the cat and he has a big thing about blackbirds for some obscure reason. Other than that he is a big amiable lump and I doubt he will ever catch anything; tried him at bolted rabbits and he has chased a couple, but is usually distracted by a Buzzard two miles away or an interesting leaf on the nearest tree. A nice bird to fly to the fist, but not one who will ever make a career hunting: that's full imprint owls unfortunately!
i am no expert and hav never owned a hunting bird, but on accassions hav been tempted , i think my ideal bird would be a gos as i like there aggresive nature but barnies hav a special place in my heart
nice to hav you aboard
Stone, if you have the time, and I do mean time everyday, then get a Harris'. Not as fast as a Gos, but far more intelligent and much easier to deal with; Gos's are self-centred missiles that need constant manning and even then are trouble!
we lost harry this january he was a male barnie about 10 or 11 i think he escaped about mid october and was found on the bottom of the drive damn the A45 and all its traffic
para how far are you from the emma ford falconery centre?
as i hav been there couple of times
Lovely little things are spars swampy, there are a few around here murdering the songbirds and I can see the attraction of flying such a fast, agile little hawk. Reminder to myself: don't go and buy any more birds this year, even if you would like a gos, spar and a female Peregrine......