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Messing with hawks

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by hwyhobo, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. hwyhobo

    hwyhobo

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    I know people enjoy falconry. I haven't seen anyone playing with hawks before, though. Is this common? The young red-tailed hawk in this picture (not a particularly good photo, but serves as illustration) will likely grow even bigger. I am not sure I would want a raptor this size anywhere close to my face. Anyone know more about this sport?

    http://www.pbase.com/image/110204267/original
     
  2. Fred

    Fred Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Wow, that's either a small girl, or a bigger 'juvenile' hawk than I imagined it would be. I know nothing of falconry, or playing with hawks; I just know that I think they are very majestic birds, and like to see pictures of them. :cool:
     


  3. MrsKitty

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    Those are on my list of animals to be left alone. :)
     
  4. hwyhobo

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    The girl was @5'6", maybe a little taller. The bird was definitely to be respected.
     
  5. We had a hawk land on our porch rail, had to snap it quickly through the window with a point & shoot. He would have been gone before I could drag out the DSLR.

    [​IMG]

    The look on his face was:

    "I own this yard. Anything moving across it is MINE ! "
     
  6. hwyhobo

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    Beautiful bird, pdogkilr. I take it you didn't try to play with it? ;)
     
  7. MrsKitty

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    I have spotted a red-tailed hawk sitting on the same power line, in almost the exact same spot, several times. I would love to catch him there when I had my camera as I could get pretty close on him.
     
  8. sjfrellc

    sjfrellc CLM

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    Redtail Hawks are pretty and graceful looking. But sorry I don't value them over pheasants or rabbits. Problem is these raptors decimate the rabbits and pheasants. It's illegal but I wouldn't mind shooting them(gun, not camera). All in the mind of the beholder.

    The girl with a hawk, I see as a good photo.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009