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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2021, 10:20:47 am »
The talons on any bird of pray definitely are sharp obviously for their duty to hunt , my friend kept / flew birds of pray teaching them is a dedication like no other definitely keeps you more occupied than your wife , the reward is amazing though to go out fly a Harris hawk or kestrel and watch it dive bomb , I imagine he would of got some marks but nothing to serious as the owl would of wanted to perch not grasp   .

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2021, 10:28:43 am »
Just ask Michael Peterson!  :o


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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2021, 11:01:50 am »
This reminds me of the time when we were having some work done on the house and the young man carrying out the work said to me, ‘Do you mind if I bring my bird tomorrow?’ Well, I was a bit nonplussed and started stuttering a bit . . . ‘err, no, I don’t mind . . . errrr, what will she do all day?’ ‘Oh, it’s OK, she’ll be happy to sit on her perch in the garden’. So the next day he rolled up with a peregrine falcon; it was brilliant to see such a magnificent creature close up. Having talked about falconry with this guy, I think that Down & beyond is right – taking on a bird like that is quite a commitment, and potentially an expensive one. This lad told me that he’d only had his then-current bird a short time, as his previous one had been taken out by another peregrine; it seems that he’d been unwittingly flying her in a wild bird’s territory, and the latter had got pissed off and swooped on her and killed her. He’d then bought his current peregrine for £2000.

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2021, 11:12:51 am »
Peregrines are widely recognised as not being the brightest of birds.

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2021, 12:23:06 pm »
I remember another short story  we was out in the Landrover down one of the local byways as you do when it’s pouring it down with rain it had been raining extremely heavy for the past few days so we thought brilliant let’s get the truck plastered, I was with my mate who flew the birds of pray , at one section we stopped and beside us was a buzzard very young absolutely drowned in the rain could not fly at all definitely would of been ate by a fox that night , we threw a jumper over him and took him home , I kicked my Scottish deer hound out of his kennel he had to sleep with the hounds for 2 weeks while we reared him back up to full health to release , eventually after a few weeks he got his weight back and strength and we set billy the buzzard free was amazing !


Is a shame I have some photos but because I on mobile device it won’t let me share  :(

allow me, Pegasus :)

« Last Edit: February 16, 2021, 04:31:29 pm by Pegasus, Reason: added photo »

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2021, 01:31:53 pm »
What was he wearing, as they have pretty sharp claws?

Either a flat cap or a deer stalker: moved in both ends of the social spectrum :)

( But was flat cap born and bred). :))

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2021, 06:38:11 am »
Two more photos of billy the buzzard coming up soon hopefully. Thanks for the assistance.  He will be shown in a resting position one foot up showing he is relaxed also in flying shape for his release back to the wild .



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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2021, 09:14:00 am »
I'm no fan of birds I usually say but the birds of prey are certainly majestic.  Top effort D&B!

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2021, 10:20:25 am »
How about this then. On the way to the caving library a couple of weeks ago I saw this Barn Owl stoop for its kill and the Kestrel stealing it!

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2021, 11:57:35 am »
A lovely photo their thanks for sharing ! It’s a great experience

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2021, 03:27:38 pm »
I think this was a sparrow hawk. Anyway it clobbered a blackbird that was feeding on the lawn, poor thing just seemed to explode when it was hit.
The hawk devoured the lot, glaring at me as it did so. All that was left was the two feet & its beak.
Typical, ate its fill & left me to pick up the bill!


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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2021, 05:51:41 pm »
It does look very like a female sparrowhawk but it could also be a goshawk.

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2021, 05:53:37 pm »
Sprawk on relative size to pile of feathers

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #38 on: February 22, 2021, 09:39:05 am »
Sprawk on relative size to pile of feathers

And the yellow eye. IIRC adult Goshawks have an orange eye.
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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #39 on: February 22, 2021, 04:36:15 pm »
S'funny, every photo I've seen that includes the eyes of raptors almost all seem to be staring straight at the camera.
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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2021, 04:47:57 pm »
Watching the threat. Although the barn owl isn't.

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2021, 07:47:11 pm »
Sprawk on relative size to pile of feathers

And the yellow eye. IIRC adult Goshawks have an orange eye.

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #42 on: February 22, 2021, 08:29:07 pm »
This is not a new video and some of the camera work is blurry but it shows a Gyrfalcon knocking a Canada Goose out of the air and the subsequent fight on the floor. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x52y0qz

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Re: The Trajectories of Birds
« Reply #43 on: February 22, 2021, 10:23:46 pm »
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