The meet in Alamosa was great this year. It was a great turn out with more than a dozen birds. We got to fly Redtail Hawk, Gos Hawk, Harris Hawk, Perigrine Falcons and a Peregrine Gyr Falcon Hybrid. This was the first time I also got to see a falcon in real action take a duck the way it is suposed to be. The Guest speaker was Ed Picture and his talk was real informative as he was Plugging his new book. I would have loved to get one but I couldnt afford the Benjiman he was asking for it. 3 Days of Hard Hawking and lots of sun made me sunburned and physically burned out. Thorns that I had to use Plyers to take out of my knees where not fun either. It was a great time and I cant wait for the next oppertunity to fly with these great falconers and aspiring falconers to be once again.
Photo of Roger and his Gos, Nova with a Cotton Tail Rabbit.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I arrived in Alamosa around 830am today and got out pretty much right away with Roger and Dianna. We met up with a few other new people along with Rob Palmer who was taking photos. Today was the first day that Sonya ever put her feet on a tree or a pole and she did great as well as following. She first chased a chipmunk looking critter a bit. It really was difficult to find any bunnies in this field right next to the Rio Grande. We did manage to get a bunny in the hellatiously thick and tall cover and managed to get 4 slips on this bunny before it decided to run up a dirt road at which point Sonya connected. SWEET. Bunny Number 8!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
This video was just after Sonya grabbed a jack and lost it, followed by an instant retry where she got it again almost instantly. The winds where howling at 30mph+ and the rabbit ran with the wind. Big mistake. Anyhow I got to her in time and just as I was reaching to grab the jack the rabbit freaked and jumped, taking my Sonya with it a good 20 feet away. I ran with the wind at my back and got some good speed myself and ended up having to jump over the jack and my bird to keep from running them both over. I instantly turned around and went to reach for the rabbit and Sonya let go. I dont know if she thought that I was there to help and she didnt have to hold on so tight or if the rabbit just broke loose with its own awesome power. I do know this, when I called Sonya up to me she had a piece of flesh with a bunch of fur on it. Just enough to make a keychain if one was so inclined. LOL We tried hard but the wind never let up. Today was also the first day that I used telemetry with her. I thought that if I was to take her out on such a hellish day of wind that we better have the beeper on. She stuck with me though and only once, like in this video did she have trouble getting back to me. I could tell that she was upset about it as she was vocal, being able to see the food on the fist but the winds where just too strong in this particular area. It was like a wind tunnel and I HAD to go get her. It was CRAZY!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We came down to this spot as we saw a jack rabbit go around this area. We never found it but we did find a great place to do some slope soaring. Sonya went up a good 50-60 feet and just sat there as I busted some bush. We didnt get anything running but what a great advantage of that height that would have been. Too bad I couldnt get the camera out in time before she came down. I think she thought that I was getting out a tidbit.