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Talking The coolest thing about Harris' hawks [pics]

They are the wolves of the sky! Harris' hawks are the only raptor that is known to cooperatively hunt as a pack (or in falconry terms - a cast). I have over the last few months managed to find other falconers in my local area and I've had the opportunity to take my bird out with theirs

At first he met a female called Sky and he hit if off with her straight away. They were chuntering to one another in the guys garden for a bit and my bird wouldn't stop looking at her. He was so excited to see another bird. Albeit probably a little intimidated too as she's twice his size The man who owns her and myself took our birds out together up the fields near me to see how they would fly together. One of the birds he hunts with makes Sky feel on edge so he didn't want to take them hunting together only for her to be spooked. Thankfully though they were great! My bird just really liked to follow her everywhere. He would come back to me no problem at all but as soon as Sky was on the move again he was right behind her. Here's some photos from that day

My bird is on the left in all of these photos... that size difference!



Little bit blurry but they both landed on me. This is great because Sky is a rescue and VERY nervous of new people. She won't sit on anybody but her owner and I felt quite pleased that she chose to land on me



Big girl Sky



After we met up I had the opportunity to take my bird out hunting with a group of Harris' hawkers that had some land with rabbits. I have NEVER hunted Chalkie before. He's always been a bird I've used for free flight only. I have gotten more into the falconry aspect of flying raptors though and I was eager to give it a go. There was an 18 year old male there called Zeph, another female called Jet and of course Sky. We had ferrets working underground too. Jet caught the first rabbit. After a couple of hours another one bolted from the hole and both Chalkie and Zeph whizzed off together to get it. Unfortunately the rabbit had bucked both of them off but it was still an amazing chase! I know my bird has gotten the bug now He keeps looking along hedgerows for rabbit holes haha! I didn't take any graphic photos or anything, but here's some of the cast... pack... flock... whatever

My bird on the left and Jet on the right



Left to right is my bird, Jet and Zeph



Sky got a bit nervous while flying and wouldn't recall well so once she was back she was sat down on a post until we were finished and then she got fed up for the day. She's cute though so I couldn't resist a photo



My boy is so comfy with me that after 5 hours of looking for bunnies he decided to get a leg up, poof up and have a nap



I'm hoping to sort his beak out over the next couple of days. He has an issue with it growing long and fast. He hasn't been flying much over the last couple of weeks due to bad weather but he's still as keen as ever on the good days
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Great pictures Daisy. Such magnificent birds.
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Thank you Kate. They make very nice subjects to photograph!
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I think the same thing every day too
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