Ahh! Such a proud birdy momma. For the past, like... erm? 2 weeks? I've been manning him, getting him used to being handled again and feeding on the fist and today I thought. Hey, I'm gunna bite the bullet. And the results were fab. I tied his creance (training line) to the swivel and popped the perch up at the back of the garden and placed him on it. I moved a little bit away and with one whistle he came real fast. Then again and again and again! He's so brilliant! On his first day too
This must be like the first time in about 4 years
he has flown to me outside of his aviary. I let him settle after that, but afterwards I knew I could push him more. He's clever and he needs to get fit. So I bought him to the fields by my place and I popped his perch in the ground. Jack un-did the training line again and stepped out of the way, holding it for me. Chalkie was still full from earlier so I'm amazed he did ANYTHING let alone fly
well he flew a good 5/6 times, and FAR! He must remember how it works with flying haha. He seemed to really enjoy himself. I will be posting videos of him on the training line and when I feel like the weather etc and himself is good enough I will fly him free, but perhaps not in my area. I may have to take him elsewhere. I couldn't cope with losing him.
Here he is flying in the tiny bit at the back of the garden. Please excuse the mess. We've been moving everything around again
Chalkie's first flight out of the aviary - YouTube
I will definitely be doing progress videos, as long as he is okay with it of course. I didn't take a camera up the fields today. Didn't wanna upset him but I may tomorrow, to give you a good idea as to how he is doing.
I'm picking up the female Harris' hawk on Monday too, so you'll get to see her progress as she trains with me