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nice long post about golden eagles

I stumbled across this long post about golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos complete with a number of videos. This blog The Texas Cichlid Massacre is pretty interesting and covers topics as varied as paleontology, fish, wildlife, and crytozoology.  Please visit his blog to read the golden eagle post. If anyone is hankering for a dose of using golden eagles to hunt in Mongolia, below is one of the youtube videos from his blog:



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another review of falconer

It was nice to see this little review this morning as part of a round-up of bird books in the Montreal Gazette:

“Speaking of the vanishing American West and its icons, I was thrilled to see Rachel Dickinson’s Falconer on the Edge (Houghton Mifflin, $25) about Steve Chindgren, a pioneer, a Western mountain man and, most of all, a hardcore falconer.

I once attended a falconry conference in Utah and I will never forget my adventure of running along with Steve full-tilt on frozen mud in a marsh as he chased after his beloved hunting peregrine. He is eccentric, fanatical, obsessive and truly dedicated to the sport of falconry. Not for the faint of heart, though. (to read more click here . . .)


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fence collisions and sage grouse

The following is the beginning of a piece by Cat Urbigkit that showed up on Stephen Bodio’s Querencia blog yesterday:

Making headlines across the West of late is a two-page preliminary report issued by a Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist noting that barbed wire fences pose a collision hazard to Greater Sage Grouse. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to meet its court-ordered February deadline to determine if sage grouse should be granted Endangered Species Act protections, so the report will come into play there. Those who oppose livestock grazing on public lands are also latching onto the report as another reason to rid the western range of its agricultural industry, and its associated fences.

But everyone might be reading more into the report than it merits. WG&F biologist Tom Christiansen noted it all began when two separate falconers provided incidental reports that grouse had been injured or killed on the top wire of certain fences located near important grouse areas. The area is just to the southeast of where we ranch, in the border area of Sublette and Sweetwater counties. This area is believed to have one of the largest concentrations of sage grouse on the planet. It’s falconer Steve Chindgren’s stomping grounds (the falconer who is the subject of Rachel Dickinson’s Falconer on the Edge).

According to Christiansen’s report, “One of these falconers subsequently began marking such fences with aluminum beverage cans in a volunteer effort to reduce these mortalities.” (Click here to read the rest of the post . . .)

If you are not familiar with this blog, I urge you to check it out. Several people post regularly including Cat Urbigkit, Matt Mullenix, and Steve Bodio and the topics range from falconry to coursing dogs to natural history.

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hawk versus chicken

Here’s what passes for news in Cary, North Carolina:

“CARY — Blanchard, a 22-week-old pet rooster, was killed while strutting in his owners’ yard Saturday morning by a hawk that should have been hunting for rabbits.

Ann Richard and her husband, Dieter Griffis, got the startling news when the hawk’s owner paid a visit to their Green Level Church Road home to apologize. The owner told the couple, who were too distraught to catch his name, that he had been hunting with his hawk on a farm across the street.

The hawk, which was released to hunt rabbits during an extended North Carolina falconry season, flew to the couple’s property and mauled Blanchard, a light Brahma chicken, a breed originally imported from India and named for its white base coloring.”

To continue reading and see how the plot thickens, click here.

UPDATE: In a weird twist, the chicken owner might try to bring the falconer to justice before this North Carolina judge — https://falconerontheedge.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/north-carolina-judge-brings-redtail-into-the-courtroom/ — oh, that might not work to the rooster’s advantage.

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hunting for ducks

I went out flying with Tim yesterday morning but there were no ducks to be found on the little pond. MacDuff flew over the pond, took a quick look, then headed for a flock of pigeons that were coming off a nearby horse farm. He chased the pigeons then took some passes at a ball of starlings that erupted from a clump of trees. Finally he came back over the pond, hoping his fortunes had changed. No such luck.




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podcast on chivalry today

Last summer, Scott Farrell interviewed me for his website Chivalry Today. Just discovered the podcast the other day. I share the posdast with a Zulu stick fighter and a chess-playing philosopher. Here’s his intro to the podcast:

“In This Episode: Scott interviews author Rachel Dickinson, whose new book, Falconer On The Edge, explores the lifestyle of the men and women who hunt with birds of prey in today’s world, and carry on the traditions of this chivalric sport. Plus: A conversation about the game of chess and the philosophy of chivalry with Prof. Benjamin Hale, senior editor of Philosophy Looks At Chess; and some thoughts on honorable behavior in Zulu stick fighting.

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Weather brings ducks —
Tim flies his peregrine but
no duck dinner yet.


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