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I'm actually super furious, I spent the time to upload 65(!!! YES 65!) images to this thread, to find out I had to delete 40 of my pictures ... I had SO many awesome ones up <<< major unhappy
 

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wow those birds are all sooooooo SO gorgeous! :lovehearts: I so wish I had the money and space to get into falconry......maybe one day, haha I can dream!
 

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Wow, those birds are incredible! I know very little about falconry or what a falconry fair is, so even the slightest info would be interesting to me!
 

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Absolutely amazing pictures... the birds are beyond beautiful! What an amazing life you must lead- being somewhere and able to interact with such noble creatures...
 

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Sarah - It's funny that I actually got into falconry, nobody in my family background or anything has ever kept birds of prey, but seeing them on tv and things inspired me to want to learn more about them and as a very young child I went to country shows and things and they'd always bring a falconer who would do a little display etc. Then I found out about Jemima Parry-Jones who runs the International Centre for Birds of Prey who had written a few books and made some videos etc on keeping, training and breeding birds of prey and owls. So I bought everything I could, I read all kinds of books etc but none compared to hers, hers had tutorials with pictures on how to do everything. I even bought a leash just so I could practice the falconers knot :giggle:When I moved out from my mom's house and moved in with my gran and my granddad I was really down a lot due to personal circumstances at home (which is why I left). The thing that bought me out of the dark was my Chalkie. I'd been getting cage and aviary birds magazine for quite a long time as I'd been keeping many kinds of birds before I got my first bird of prey. There's quite a large 'for sale' section and I always enjoyed browsing through it. I was looking for a Harris' hawk for some time, but I couldn't find one close enough for my granddad to drive. One day he picked me up from school and I just about to but my headphones in and he just goes "we're picking up your hawk this weekend"... I nearly cried I was so happy! Haha! I went to the place in order to pick up a very large, very beautiful mature female Harris' hawk who had already been trained. I got to the place and saw a small, very young, not worked with male, and I had to have him. He was fairly scruffy and miserable looking, but I didn't care how gorgeous the female was, I was taking him. I found out he'd been named Chalkie, after Jemima's African tawny eagle Chalkie. So yay! Happy ending, I got him home and had him flying free within a week :giggle:I got Axel my Indian eagle owl as a Christmas present, a man just came to the door (my grandparents had already sent the money to him) with a little bag with the funniest bit of fluff in it. She was so gorgeous but ugly :shrug: it was quite a random present but I'm very happy with her. Then at my uncles we have Juggernaut, a Eurasian eagle owl. Her owner didn't want her so we gave them £30 just for letting us have her rather than having her for free and she is pretty cool, we don't handle her mainly because her feet are ENORMOUS and she is huge anyways, and I'm only tiny... she was taken off a display team because she was so big it used to scare children :rofl: we also have a barn owl with no name who was given to my uncle as a birthday present, she's pretty sweet, but she isn't fond of humans like Juggernaut so we just leave her to it, I have no pictures of her though, she got soooo mad when I got a camera out and I didn't wanna upset her, I shall get a quick one of her soon though :thumbsup:

Kristen - falconry, wow, how do I sum it up? It is the ancient art of training a bird of prey to hunt for man. However in modern life many people choose not to hunt but use 'falconry techniques' to train a bird of prey to fly free for you. http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&q=fa...ix8QPlwZHLBQ&ved=0CBgQkQ4&fp=7ad411c92de95397
there's some definitions, I really can't explain what it is other than that really, but I do know it is by far one of the most wonderful things in my life :biggrin5: the falconry fair happens once a year in the UK, on every May bank holiday weekend, the new venue is at Ragley Hall, Warick (so any of you UK folk should come on down next year!). Falconers from all over the world (and those who don't even do falconry) come over and there are various displays on from the most famous and there are loads of things to buy and do.

Marcell - I would love there to be a competition of some sort where I could use the pictures, as I said, I had 65 up and then the thread said I had to delete 40 so I'm very angry, I had tons of great ones :( but yeah I have to admit, it is a privilege to be able to work with these guys!
 

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Well chalkie is gorgeous and lucky to have you! One day I'd like to move out to the country and then maybe I can look into falconry. My two fav birds of prey are golden eagles and red tailed hawks. Barn owls are gorgeous too :lovehearts: right now I live in the city not much space for a hawk in my backyard:giggle:
 

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[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmuwWIt115E&feature=fvst"]YouTube - Proper falconry[/nomedia] - he does say something quite funny near the end :lol:

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku5xH-Kqdjc"]YouTube - falconry Gyr/saker falcon in action[/nomedia] - that one is like a short diary of the bird, the first time it shows you her flying free watch how fast she stoops :yikes:

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWZiATaO8MM"]YouTube - Falconry: The Sport of Kings[/nomedia] - I have both birds shown in this video

[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNr0OIaWh8&feature=fvwrel"]YouTube - The allure of falconry: One man's passion[/nomedia] - explanation

I hope these help you guys have a further understanding :)
 

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Sarah, if you're in the US and starting in falconry you're most likely (in fact almost definitely I think...) going to get a red-tail hawk, however, I very much so sadly doubt you'd be able to get a golden eagle, even I don't get to do that part :lol: I COULD get one, but I'd rather be more sensible and go for a tawny or steppe eagle, they're like goldies only easier to handle 'cause of their size and around £4000 cheaper to buy
 

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Im in Canada. There is the Ontario Falconry Center close to me in Toronto but a falconry apprenticship is like $500, so im looking into it but Id have to wait til I save up some money, but Im not in a hurry because as I said no room in my backyard for a hawk!
 

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Can you get an apprenticeship before you get a bird?
 

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Can you get an apprenticeship before you get a bird?
I'm not sure I think I'm going to phone them and ask all about the program because I don't know too much about it. I dont really know too much about falconry at all but I really want to learn :)
 

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that's cool, let me know how it all goes etc, I hope you can do it, it's amazing
 

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you can't say it was sooo bad for you with all the uploading, I had to sit and watch you do it :p it was horrible, you did so many and like an hour later after finally doin it you had to delete them all XD
 

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thank you :D
 

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Daisy - what species of bird is in the last few photos? Looks like a species of Eagle? The barring on his belly and wings is absolutely beautiful!
 

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she was my favourite bird there by far. She's an African crowned eagle, not for the faint hearted :lol: her feet were bigger than my hands!
 

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she was my favourite bird there by far. She's an African crowned eagle, not for the faint hearted :lol: her feet were bigger than my hands!
Wow! :svengo: She's gorgeous! She's probably not one legal to keep here in the U.S. since she's a non-native and so large :( :giggle: Oh well! A stunning bird. She's definitely one of my new favorites, tho I still have quite the soft spot for Harpy Eagles... I think they're my favorite Eagle species, tho now I have African Crowned Eagles as a close second!
 

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my favourite is the Monkey eating eagle (Philippine eagle) OR Bateleur, then the harpy then the African crowned :p oh and the long crested! SO many! There isn't a single bird of prey I dislike :lol:
 
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