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Old Jan 31, 2009, 7:59 PM   #1
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One of the more interesting presentations during the Eagles Etc. Weekend I attended last night and today was one by a master falconer. There was no live flying, but an introduction to the sport for those not acquainted with its complexity. This gentleman flies all sizes of birds used in American falconry, starting with the little American kestrel



Of course, the most identifiable of the hunting falcons is the peregrine



Less often seen is the Harris hawk



However, the bird I could least imagine hunting, and the highlight of the day, was the massive golden eagle



All shot with the Pentax K20d and the Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-5.6.

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Old Jan 31, 2009, 9:32 PM   #2
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More nice pictures! I never realized that the kestrel was quite THAT small - I always thought it was bigger than that. The Golden Eagle isn't exactly a pretty bird, is it? I don't think I've ever been that close to one - they are usually huge birds perched on top of tall trees and I've never managed to get a good picture of one. I would imagine that they would be excellent hunters, but will they share?
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I would imagine that they would be excellent hunters, but will they share?
One of the things the falconer explained is the process of training the birds to accept a trade of a reward in return for their prey, but I would think it would take a pretty big reward to tempt a golden eagle. I just can't imagine what it would feel like when one flew back and landed on your arm.8)

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