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Old 03-12-2017, 10:23 AM
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Thanks for that ! And yes the thought had crossed my mind in a way!
Most eagle threads on this forum, before fb when this forum was very popular, didnít last long as theyíd get shot down in flames. But mine is just as it is good and bad mistakes and all and I think thatís meant it canít be shot down as I shoot myself often enough! Hehe.
Iím glad you enjoyed the read as running up to getting a goldie I read everything I could find everywhere?. That way I had a good idea of a plan in mind before I started !
If you get the chance they are worth all the hardship! And ten years flying gosses etc before is no bad thing.
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:50 PM
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Thanks for that ! And yes the thought had crossed my mind in a way!
Most eagle threads on this forum, before fb when this forum was very popular, didn’t last long as they’d get shot down in flames. But mine is just as it is good and bad mistakes and all and I think that’s meant it can’t be shot down as I shoot myself often enough! Hehe.
I’m glad you enjoyed the read as running up to getting a goldie I read everything I could find everywhere?. That way I had a good idea of a plan in mind before I started !
If you get the chance they are worth all the hardship! And ten years flying gosses etc before is no bad thing.
You've done very well "lifting the curtain" and yours slip descriptions are top notch. As well as your commitment!

I live in town now, outside of Denver a little ways. But way to congested for me as I grew up miles from anything in corn fields. So that ten year plan is buying land away from people. 😁. My goal with a Goldie is tri-purposed: first off the fist on jack rabbits, waiting on on geese, and also education. As I just got my gos 12 days ago, I've got a ways to go with him but progress is pretty quick thus far. I don't mean to yank space and derail this masterpiece of a thread so I'll leave it here.

Is there another thread I might be able to pick your brain a little bit about a decent mannered secondhand gos? I've gathered from this thread that you've got a store of experience with gosses and really respect your falconry practices, as they show through in your writings.

All the best friend,
Hunt well and stay safe

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Old 03-12-2017, 04:40 PM
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Iím with you on land and away from people, itís my plan too......
I had a siarybon my last gos on another falcon forum but the forum went down taking my diary with it forever...
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:47 PM
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one other thing, Zeus first purpose was/is to be my falconry hawk, goose waiting on wont happen here as waiting on in a country full of sausage dogs wont work hehe, also it would have to be flushed geese i think nailing them to the ground would be boring.
But i have to say Zeus is bomproof and comes to all my educational talks and many of my outside falconry displays(on static not flying because of all those sausage dogs! hehe the bald eagle)

'hence' the bald eagle
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Old 03-12-2017, 08:43 PM
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Itís that time of year again where weíre hoping for some nice falconry related pressies!
Books are always perfect!
Iíve said it before but all the Martin hollinshead titles make for an excellent read. As does Tom Carnihans book, if you can find one.
Just donít buy the Harris hawk by mr Harris as that ones dire!
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Old 14-12-2017, 09:11 PM
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well back from the spanish sky trials in Osuna, well spent the finals day there and the rest of the week flying birds with friends, eating waaaaay too much and generally enjoying spain and our spanish friends!
the highlight falconry wise was out hunting in the beautiful spanish countryside with my friends ak x peregrine, hunting wild quail this bird was mind blowingly superb to see. super exciting off the glove but pure excellence waiting on over the brittany and stooping vertical and very quick!

only saw one goldie at Osuna, it was being passed around for pics and usual arrogance surrounding it (like many an eagle falconer anywhere) so didnt chat any further.

some very good stoops from falcons, nice spanish gos and fun seeing the fox team fly the row crow!

the snow x ryanair caused me to get home 36 hours late!!

Work is finally drying up so at last eagle time starting sat!! tomorrow some rope work and bald eagle training but getting desperate to get hunting proper this season
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Old 15-12-2017, 07:53 PM
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well back from the spanish sky trials in Osuna, well spent the finals day there and the rest of the week flying birds with friends, eating waaaaay too much and generally enjoying spain and our spanish friends!
the highlight falconry wise was out hunting in the beautiful spanish countryside with my friends ak x peregrine, hunting wild quail this bird was mind blowingly superb to see. super exciting off the glove but pure excellence waiting on over the brittany and stooping vertical and very quick!

only saw one goldie at Osuna, it was being passed around for pics and usual arrogance surrounding it (like many an eagle falconer anywhere) so didnt chat any further.

some very good stoops from falcons, nice spanish gos and fun seeing the fox team fly the row crow!

That A/kestrel x pere looked like the perfect hedgerow falcon Dave, anyway you can put it on here, I'v tried to put Videos on here & failed miserably.

the snow x ryanair caused me to get home 36 hours late!!

work is finally drying up so at last eagle time starting sat!! tomorrow some rope work and bald eagle training but getting desperate to get hunting proper this season
Hi Dave that little hybrid falcon is cool, It would be a great little falcon to fly over here on hedgerow flights, is there anyway you can put that Video on here, I'v tried putting Video on, and failed miserably.

Regards Steve.
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Old 16-12-2017, 06:16 PM
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and that flight was nothing special! waiting on over quail was superb!
heres a link to the fb clip if it works

https://www.facebook.com/trevor.shar...537856/?type=3

My son will be getting a female ak this year to imprint to go with his male imprint pere!!!

Oo it worked!
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Old 16-12-2017, 06:19 PM
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Glad you had a nice time at the trials. Cant wait to hear what you get up to with zeus.
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Old 16-12-2017, 07:31 PM
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well on the plane i re-read another mh book'german eagle' and now Im onto the autobiography of jack mavro'

today my great friend Tom Morath had asked me to come over to the centre and fly Zeus in the afternoon for two paying guests on a hunting day. in the morning they each flew a hh over ferrets, my son assisting wit his fhh Zara and the ferrets, they had great sport the two hh taking it in turns(hooded whilst awaiting their slip) they had several slips and exciting sport but in the end no kills! the guest were happy indeed and they retired for lunch after a cold morning standing in sleet!

Now Tom looked after the birds whilst I was at the sky trials and weights were given to adhere to if he wanted them for this hunting day.......

Zara has had tiny rations and no flying for this week ( no flying because no room for rewards on her diet plan!!) and zeus too has had no flying for over two weeks for the same reason ! he was 9lb 3oz! into fresh air for sustenance mode! hes had 8 chick legs since ive been back! of course a bathe available too. many falconers of shortwings at least think that their birds get all the moisture they need from food, technically true, but if youre holding them on a strict diet they arent getting moisture either! often overlooked, with stress on their kidneys .
so when i put zeus in the van today he was fed a chunk of hare meat as rocket fuel to give him something at least to work with. after all he was goint to be expected to fly hard, with no real firness work this year, an empty fuel tank despite weighing 8lb 13oz today! and no exercise for two weeks! a little rocket fuel i hoped would help!

anyway we started off after the clients had had a cuppa or two in the warm lodge, back into the freezing rain for them!

my son Kyle brought along Zara just in case Zeus killed early on! although very soon she was too wet to fly wheras the super tough Goldie plumage was just beading rain drops and shaking them off.

The first field was an old favourite, walked once this season, short wheat but with a wide strip of rough. We had two slips back to back! Zeus and I holding position on high ground whildt the beaters, My show assistant Mrs Jo Askew flanked by the three men, they walked a good line and soon HARE! was shouted, but id already seen it far away below us, it had 200 yards on the eagle partly because it was so far away! and because i fumbled the hood big time! He used the higher ground and sailed and flew a long way to intercept his target, the hare now running hard up hill but the eagle carrying speed an dcoming into the hare side on, the hare did a great little stop start move and the eagle was beat, carrying the speed and the angle of attack this move thwarted him. I walked aneare avoiding the flying ground area and he recalled long distance.
we walked back into position , the beaters holding the line. I waved them on and again i was fumbling the hood off before the beaters had seen the next hare! this was an exact replica of the last flight, again with zeus staying airborne and rechasing hard up hill but giving up(sensibly).
No more hare sin this field and I was glad to give Zeus a rest.

Next field nothing and the third we had almost got accross and HARE! it had broke behind the line and was a big hare running away uphill. I slipped the bird and he chased hard, i hoped the hare would turn accross teh hill but no such luck, i shouted to zeus and he pulled off and returned to the glove.

more walking and we found ourselves walking down a long and familiar field, it was a big field for the estate and sloped downhill away from us as well as downhill to both sides from the middle ground, we walked to the left side but noting flushed unill maybe 100 yards from the field end. I put up a hare which ran to down the field but away accross to my right, which meant the beatres, all to my left couldnt see much of this flight!
This was a superb course, one of teh best as the eagle was slow to the ground and full of himself and absolutely flat out, no gliding. The hare was a stunner, cool as a cucumber and whilst rocketing away he looked like he was having the fun nature had designed him for!

the eagle mad eup the ground as the hare made for the hedgerow ahead, Zeus reeled him in, but the hare before the eagle was in strike distance went hard right in a curving turn, Zeus went side ways, wings vertical and matched him. The hare in milliseconds was back into zeuss atack bracket so this time he swung in a left curve, Zeus followed suit and again was in contention, the hare cooly swung right and beelined the hedge, zeus knew his time was running out and pumped his wings hard, the hare piled under the hedge and zeus followed hard feet first! his wings were splayed out and I saw the hare struggling! I turned to the team and put my hand up to say success, i looked back and the hedge was just a hedge with no story to tell! eagle and hare no longer existed!

I ran forward and my worst thoughts were made real, I could see Zeus flying again and he came back over to me and hit the glove hard,

I thought he must have gotten afoot to the ehare and it had broke free, but no fur on any talons?the hedge bottom was covered by wide gauge chicken wire and either he did get a foot on the ehare or it was caught in front of his feet by the mesh for a second or three!

Next field drew a blank and then we turned uphill for a long drag of a field, wide and long, uphill all the way. i walked 80 yards ahed of teh line so that anything they flushed that ran uphil still gave Zeus a chance to get accross to it before it was uphill of the eagle! Nothing! we got to the end of the field and as the guys all bunched up to get through a gap into the next field a hare broke ahead of me! I slipped Zeus and he flew haed into he next field before ditching an dgiving up.

We walked on and eventually came to a field pond overgrown with bramble, my son flushed a munty but it went the wrong side of teh thicket, unsighted by us! then a hare broke behind me and Zeus flew it hard but it jinked on the put in and zeus jsut hit the deck, tired and beaten!

This eagle deserved a kill today as he flew well running on determination and certainly not fitness this year. its credit really to the fitness and flying utinto him in years before, im shocked at how well he tried. now we are on it hopefully well get back into shape now!
he was rewarde to half docs and fed a chunk of hare meat on the bone at the end.

everyone was happy and my son and i evenearnt a few totally uneccasay quid for the trouble!

my arm pain is bad, serious painkillers have helped but they dont half disrupt ones poo! so im off them and in agony as i write this! red wine as you can see from my spelling is helping the pain! hehe

This morning after sorting the birds, doing some training with a little kez, i did some fitness work with an overweight bald eagle, hes superb and should be back on weight for some soaring flights monday,
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