Red tailed hawk encounter

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Gizzard of Oz, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Gizzard of Oz

    Gizzard of Oz In the Brooder

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    This hawk came to the yard to check out our flock. It turned out to be an escape from two towns over. We were able to get him to a local refuge and they tracked down the rightful handler. Amazing bird. No harm to any parties involved.[​IMG]
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    WOW...it must have had jesses attached to legs?
     
  3. Gizzard of Oz

    Gizzard of Oz In the Brooder

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    Yeah, we put the chickens up in the coop, I grabbed the jesses and walked the hawk right into the run- where he perched. You can see the hens above and the red tail below.
     
  4. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chirping

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    That's so cool, I wanted to get into falconry, but after researching it a bit I found out that it's a lot of work(7 plus years as an apprentice, and other training) and a whole ton of money for housing, permits, food, ect...
    Maybe when I'm retired... Sigh.
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing 10 Years

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    Nice! There's something you don't see every day.
     
  6. Honey B

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    Wow! That was a different kind of hawk encounter! Glad you kept a cool head and everything worked out for the best.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Wonders how the hawk got 'lost' from it's handler?
     
  8. Honey B

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    It is actually very easy to get separated from your hawk. If the hawk flys off to check something out , it might take the handler a bit longer to navigate the terrain this losing the hawk. Many novice falconers also do not have their Hawks weight completely figured out before free flight which can also lead to a "separation". It is a delicate balance between falconer and hawk, one that takes a good deal of time to perfect.
     
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Several years ago a redtail with jesses appeared in a tree in my back yard. It eventually flew away. I worried that it's jesses probably became tangled in something causing the bird to die.
     
  10. maddog3355

    maddog3355 In the Brooder

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    A lot of people use tracking systems on the Hawks and falcons.
     

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