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Trojansoc Jan 26, 2008 9:43 PM

As a part of the Raptor Education Program of the state Game and Fish Commission, this afternoon I attended a presentation on falconry at a nearby state park. While I wasn't tempted to take up the hobby, I was impressed by these beautiful birds up close. This female peregrine falcon has been retired from the hunt for breeding purposes. She was not particularly happy to be a part of the program and didn't hesitate to let people know.

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Both red-tailed and Harris hawks were shown

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The final bird shown was also the smallest, an American kestrel, hunted by the only licensed lady falconer in Arkansas.

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All shots taken with the K10d and DA*50-135.


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