December – hawk walking, dog walking.

Pottering on is the order of the day – I was up and about to take the dog for an early walk and then flew the birds down on the Knowle – I hawkwalked ‘Arizona’ our Harris Hawk – tree to tree along the brook.

It is technically called ‘following on’ and Harris Hawks do it better than any other bird – living with other harris hawks in groups of 6-8 individuals in the wild – the idea of cooperation of working together is natural to them. They adopt the falconer as part of the pack and where he goes they follow – forming a little hunting party if you like.

Later on in the afternoon after waking from dozing in front of the snooker I took madam out for her afternoon walk. A beautiful afternoon with plenty of wild pheasants to flush – nothing could be better!

Pete the Kestrel flying again and well – which is just great. Anyway I will leave with a picture of Arizona taken in the week – feeding off the fist while using my mobile to try to take a picture an another picture of Madam this afternoon on our walk.

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