Mid October update.

Well the aviary refurbishment continues – I am quite pleased by the way things have been progressing – but have encountered the familiar problem of where to stop!

The weather has been disappointing with 4 days of no flying due to high winds and then torrential rain – it is amazing how individual falcons can quickly lose fitness if not flown everyday – and once the good weather returns or at least flyable weather you have build them up slowly again.

It is great to be out again.

‘Sprite’ our peregrine flew his best ever yesterday and I felt we were close to losing him as he seemed almost wild. He flew with extreme pace as if something had spooked him.  I called him in with the ‘ho’ shout or guaranteed food shout and he caught the lure in fine style. The ‘sock’ lure I now use does have the advantage of been easy to catch and bind to – which is invaluable for  a nervous falcon. It was useful for ‘Sprite’ yesterday – it brought him to ground and although nervous he allowed me to pick him up.

I flew him again to today – no problem – thankfully!

Anyway here is a picture of him on the lure at the rugby club last week. 

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