Saturday, February 11, 2012
I've moved! Same blog, just a different address: http://anotherfalconryblog.blogspot.com/ More about all that on the new blog. Just getting re-started so the new blog is pretty bland at the moment but hopefully I'll post regular updates and make it look all spiffy as time goes on. See you there!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Its been a busy time getting ready for a move out East but I snuck out for a quick pheasant hunt with my Dad and son this past week. My Dad did a great write up of it over at the Upland Journal. I think this is going to be a favorite picture of mine for a long time to come!
If you didn't take the time to read the write up, my son is 4 and that little gun is plastic with lights on the end of the barrel and a great shooting noise when you pull the trigger. We shot at that bird at the same time, so no telling who hit it...(although I'm pretty positive it was his) :-)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The day finally arrived. I've got to get on with packing and moving and the weather report said that this week would be in the 50's so I took Goliath on one last hunt before turning him loose. He was already fat from being fed a bunch in anticipation of the release but in typical Goliath fashion he flew well regardless. He nailed the first starling of the day. We tried for doubles but none of the subsequent slips were quite ideal. He may have caught another had he been a bit lower but I was pretty happy with his performance given how fat he already was. I took him to a field near my home, fed him up until he wouldn't eat any more, cut the jesses off and sent him on his way.
One or two more bites as a free bird:
I was actually planning on taking a little video of the release but my camera batteries died right after these pictures! My friend tried to snap a few post-release photo's after he left my fist for the last time but he flew off when my friend approached. That's a good sign. He'll have no trouble out there and will make some female very happy come spring.
Thanks for the memories Goliath. You were a good one.
Chances are good that I won't be posting again on here until next season. There are some pretty big life changes coming up in the next few months and free time will be scarce but I'll be back eventually.
Thanks for reading, tune in next time...
Friday, December 31, 2010
I had a bit of time off of work for the holidays so I spent a good deal of time letting Goliath do his thing.
On Christmas Eve we had the best flight of the year.
Alas, my time with Goliath looks to be short lived. I got news over the break that I will be starting a new job out of state in the middle of February. Its really too bad since Goliath is turning out to be a phenomenal bird but this change is for the better. I have a few more weeks and then I'll fatten him up and turn him loose. He'll do just fine on his own and he'll always be a bird to remember.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Goliath snagged another sparrow over the weekend. Not much to write about, one slip, one bird. I thought I had the camera on the picture setting but ended up taking a little video instead. The subsequent pics I took didn't turn out too hot so I'll just include the video here:
Apparently a lady that feeds the sparrows (in a Walmart parking lot??) saw the catch and she was none too happy with our shenanigans. First time I've ever had a negative encounter! I know those types are out there but I've been lucky to avoid them thus far. She may think sparrows are cute but they can be nasty little critters that harm native bird populations. I wasn't going to argue though. She said it was "sickening to watch a bird prey on her sparrows", I said, "You know this happens every day in the wild, right?"
"I know, but it's sickening."
And I left. She feeds "her" birds, I feed mine. This is how things work. :-P