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Old 19-10-2017, 02:40 PM
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Hello Mick

Glad your back at it.

Maybe the incomplete moult is age related. Seems unusual if all other are unchanged. Bright pen and good feeding.

Don't suppose it will affect matters much with the flying and hunting with him.

I wish you the best of luck.

Please post all hunting exploits.

It's good honest falconry.

Regards Terry
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Great to see Archie back and ready for the season

Good luck and look forward to reading on his exploits this year
Thank you both, I'm looking forward to getting back out there.
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Old 19-10-2017, 07:31 PM
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Season 10:
I reclaimed Archie on the 7th October and confirmed my fear that he had not had a complete moult.
I have reviewed all my notes and do not really understand what I have done wrong but clearly I have not got it right.
He has manned down relatively quickly and should be off the creance Friday with a view to hunting sunday.
Thanks to Nigel who once again assisted me in getting him ready with new kit, cope and tailmount.

Rabbit numbers are looking poor but we have a few leads on new land and hopefully we can have a more challenging season for him.
Hi Mick,

I can see what you mean now. He doesn't look bad from the photo, are the non-moulted feathers still in reasonable condition or can you see yourself having to imp during the season? Hopefully it doesn't cause you any trouble. I'm glad that he has manned down nicely, hopefully you won't be long on the creance and you can get out there.

Best Wishes & Happy Hawking,

Bradley
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Old 19-10-2017, 07:55 PM
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Hi Mick,

I can see what you mean now. He doesn't look bad from the photo, are the non-moulted feathers still in reasonable condition or can you see yourself having to imp during the season? Hopefully it doesn't cause you any trouble. I'm glad that he has manned down nicely, hopefully you won't be long on the creance and you can get out there.

Best Wishes & Happy Hawking,

Bradley
He has tipped 2 feathers in each wing during the moult, I don't think I need to imp at this point but will see how it all works out. will go free tomorrow providing the wind is not too bad with a plan to hunt sunday and possibly view a new permission.
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Old 20-10-2017, 08:39 PM
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1lb 15 1/2oz today and went free with no problems.
A bit windy so took him to an unused horse paddock where the grass is knee deep, worked him along the tree lined edges and recalled out across the field.
He had one little detour when he broke out of the recall and over flew me to put in on a pheasant in the long grass, he made contact but could not hold he followed it off into the base of the hedge.
He was quickly panting and resting between recalls.

Will try same again tomorrow and look for some rabbits sunday and start to build some fitness.
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Old 21-10-2017, 04:14 PM
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1lb 15 1/2oz today and went free with no problems.
A bit windy so took him to an unused horse paddock where the grass is knee deep, worked him along the tree lined edges and recalled out across the field.
He had one little detour when he broke out of the recall and over flew me to put in on a pheasant in the long grass, he made contact but could not hold he followed it off into the base of the hedge.
He was quickly panting and resting between recalls.

will try same again tomorrow and look for some rabbits sunday and start to build some fitness.
Hi Mick,

Nice to hear that Archie is up and about. It's a shame that Pheasant got away, would've been a good start to your season. It's re-assuring to hear that he's switched on to quarry at least. I'm sure he has some fat to burn off, how long do you think it will take before his fitness gets reasonable?

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Old 21-10-2017, 04:59 PM
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Hi Mick,

Nice to hear that Archie is up and about. It's a shame that Pheasant got away, would've been a good start to your season. It's re-assuring to hear that he's switched on to quarry at least. I'm sure he has some fat to burn off, how long do you think it will take before his fitness gets reasonable?

Kind Regards,

Bradley
Chasing quarry is the best way to get them fit, so if we can get some consistent action it will come. Taking him to new place tomorrow which has a mix of quarry hopefully it will work out and we can get permission.
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Old 25-10-2017, 06:54 PM
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The last few days we have been working the grassy fields, building the fitness and recall training. but today I got off early so had the opportunity to try a local wood, the cover is really heavy and trees still in heavy leaf but its a location were we will normally get a few chases.
We had just entered the wood and instantly i bolted a rabbit from the undergrowth, it sped off up along a bank before trying to come back down into the cover but he was so quick in cutting it off both feet clean on the head and nicely rolled over and held. Let him have a good pull at it. As we had only been out minutes decided to trade him off and fly him around abit but as soon as we sent off again another bunny bolted going some 50m under the heavy cover and i suspect it probably tried to hide when he went crashing through taking it by a back leg and mid back. I had to cut my way in to get them out and he sat there for a good while without attemptting to eat anything despite me opening it up for him i suspect it winded him, i was a little concerned but eventually he got to eating. No option now but to feed up and set off home
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Old 25-10-2017, 07:04 PM
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The last few days we have been working the grassy fields, building the fitness and recall training. but today I got off early so had the opportunity to try a local wood, the cover is really heavy and trees still in heavy leaf but its a location were we will normally get a few chases.
We had just entered the wood and instantly i bolted a rabbit from the undergrowth, it sped off up along a bank before trying to come back down into the cover but he was so quick in cutting it off both feet clean on the head and nicely rolled over and held. Let him have a good pull at it. As we had only been out minutes decided to trade him off and fly him around abit but as soon as we sent off again another bunny bolted going some 50m under the heavy cover and i suspect it probably tried to hide when he went crashing through taking it by a back leg and mid back. I had to cut my way in to get them out and he sat there for a good while without attemptting to eat anything despite me opening it up for him i suspect it winded him, i was a little concerned but eventually he got to eating. No option now but to feed up and set off home
Hi Mick,

That's a cracking result, so pleased for you and Archie! It sounds like he took the first one in some good style with that head hold. The flying in the fields you had done previously must have paid off with getting him a bit fit? Did you see any other Rabbits or was it just two chases and kills on both? That's a great start, you should be pleased with that. Hopefully much more action to come.

Happy Hawking,

Bradley
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Old 25-10-2017, 08:41 PM
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Well done Mick.

Two out of two.

Please keep it coming.

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Old 25-10-2017, 10:42 PM
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Way to go Archie!
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