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  1. Take a look here, there is also a video clip of a male................... http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/sparrowhawk/index.asp# If a person knows what to look for, you can get pretty close upto about 15 feet before they fly off, or if they are on your avieries, they will be too occupied and again, you will probably be able to get fairly close.
  2. The majority of BOP eyass' (young) are normally a dull brown in colour until they moult out and get their adult plumage; aren't parrots the same? Any raptor will always opt for an easy meal; all caged aviery birds is a bit like their very own 'pick & mix' or personal bird table, and once they make a kill, they will return until the food supply is gone. Every pet/animal owner must do everything they can to make sure their charges are protected against any form of attack or predation. be it rodents and fox etc. by fixing some form of mesh into the ground to stop them burrowing up and double mesh if needed to stop aerial attacks.
  3. Hi all; yes as already stated, it is a Sparrowhawk and looking at the pic. probably this years. You guys aren't the only ones that have run-ins with wild raptors; even us falconer and austriners have had many tussles with both Spars and Peregrines. The other year my Harris hawk got hit on the back by a Spar whilst we were out but the following day at the same spot, my Harris took off and made a bee-line for a bush and went down hard........................to my amazement a Spar took flight squawking like mad Another time, my Saker falcon was 'attacked' by a wild female Peregrine; I had the camcorder with me and managed to get this......................................................... http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a31/Saker-clive/?action=view&current=Cnv0003.flv Last year my Gyr x Saker was got at by both Mr & Mrs Pere. and the male hit my boy :shock: and I thought he was a gonna! but he shook himself then headed straight towards the male and chased him off while the female watched
  4. Falconry terms have been used in everday use for centuries but most people don't know where they come from. A few examples are: Rouse = rouse yourself. Mantle: this is when a bird catches it's prey, then spreads its wings over it to stop other birds seeing what they have. We have/had a mantle piece around/over a fire. Gorge= To allow a hawk/falcon etc. to eat as much as it wants in a single sitting. Pretty much like us, especially at Xmas Cadge= a portable perch for carrying a number of falcons to the field, and the person that carried it was known as a cadger. In todays terms, we use it when we ask someone if we can cadge a lift :? ......................
  5. I have a very good bond with all the birds I've had and they not only recognise me and my voice, they are happy to come to me without the thought of food or reward. I can go into my Harris hawks enclosure and as he is free-lofted, he will 'chat' to me and willingly fly over and sit on my shoulder, and quite often, he'll begin to preen my neck and ear My Saker falcon will jump towards me when I approach her because she 'wants' my attention and we'll sit and have a 'kiss & cuddle' (not totally) but she accepts me as a part of a team. She is parent reared so there is no imprinting on her and she'll often tread the ground when we sit on the grass and feak on my bare hand. Feaking incase it is a term you are unfamilliar with is wiping her beak to clean it after eating. When flying, she regularly 'rouses' on the wing, which apparently means that they are totally happy and contented Again, if you don't know, rousing, is when a bird fluffs up its feathers and shakes them back into position again. This picture is of my dearly departed Tarka, having a rouse and is my favourite one of him.............................
  6. You'll have to excuse my 'ignorance' regarding your birds but what exactly do you guys do with them? Do you just keep them in a flight/enclosure because they are pretty, or because you breed the and show them. From reading the above, I'm getting the impression that some of these birds are very highly strung and timid; if this is the case do they not go mental when they see anything unfamiliar? Are you able to sit with trhem and have them sitting on your hand, shoulder etc. and do they bond to you. I'm not talking about the people with 1 or 2 birds kept indoors but the ones with the outside flights. I bet they go made when the Magpies or corvids sit on their avieries. In fact, the Magpies a more likely to do more and regular damage that any raptor. It has been proven that Magpies take more song birds in the wild compared to Sparrowhawks etc. It breaks my heart in the spring, when the Blackbirds, Sparrows etc. are nesting in and around my garden, then you hear the calling of the Maggies, then you see them going into the bushes and eating the eggs and young. Since I have had my birds, we have had an increase of the wild bird population from Sparrows, Blackbirds, Robins, and various finches and ****. The best thing with my birds is that my next door neighbours 8 cats have stopped coming in to the garden and doing their business everywhere
  7. Thanks all for the welcome; I doubt very much if my input is going to be greatly needed but you all know where I am should the need arise. The chances of raptors really trying to take your outside birds is going to be negligable. If a bird has already taken one from a busy aviery, then it will think it as a regular food source because it was easy to get to them. I would imagine 99% of you will not have any problems but there are always the odd exception. Also, on a lighter note, if there are any of you down in my neck of the woods, you are more than welcome to come out and see the birds close up and flying You will then see they are not wicked out and out killing machines that will take anything :roll:
  8. As a falconer I have been asked by Admin if I could be a point of contact regarding any issues with raptors; Sparrowhawks, Gosshawks, Kestrels, Buzzards, owls (we have 6 species in the UK) Peregrines etc. Before I can submit much info. I will need to know what serious concerns people have regarding BOP (birds of prey) and your birds. For your birds safety, regarding housing etc. the DEFRA website has lots of info. regarding Bird Flu etc. I will try and answer any of your concerns as best and honestly as I can and if I don't know I will either say so, or I will get the info for you. I do know that a great many pigeon fanciers will go to great lengths to stop Peregrines etc. from taking their precious birds to such an extent that they have destroyed nest sites in my area :twisted: Hopefully we will be able to possibly change the way some people think about my passion. If LACS and some of the other 'animal welfare' groups have their way, no one will be able to keep ANY form of pet/livestock :evil: so we should all pull together and help each other
  9. Back to the thread in question, how many of your enclosures have a fixed or solid roof? Especially with the ongoing threat of Avian flu. DEFRA on their website suggests that all enclosures/avieries etc. should be covered to help in protecting from wild bird mites and mutes :oops: etc. This might help deter a Spar or Peregrine from dropping in from above!!!
  10. She didn't but a few of the 'patients' had an automatic enema :shock: She must have seen some 'gore' going in and thought it was lunchtime
  11. 'WE' falconers/austringers owlies etc. feel the same if not more for our birds as anybody that owns animals, fish, reptiles or birds. As falconers, we also weigh our charges daily, so we know if they are going to be right for flying etc. also if we need to take them to a vet, we already know their weight which makes drug dosage quicker. People talk about how we train our birds but I prefer to 'condition' and bond with mine. To get them to respond to the handler, they must feel at ease and trusting; if not the handler will have a hard task ahead....................................................... Everytime I let the Saker go from my fist, (as with any falconer) there is always the chance that the bird will go off. To date, she has only really gone off once and that was 5 days. No she didn't find her way home by herself, they don't have homing instincts like that but I picked her up about 45 miles away after she was 'captured' in the A & E dept. of the Sussex & Kent hospital :shock: some how she got through the automatic doors and caused quite a stir!!!
  12. no, as you could see, she began to 'crab' back at it. Crabbing is when they try to grab each other. After a short time, she came straight back and sat at my feet....bless her Now I have had her since she was 14 weeks old; she was parent reared but I have not trained her to hunt. She is more than capable of taking quarry considerably larger than herself but I just enjoy flying her for pleasure and she flies probably as near to a wild bird as possible. She is not a display bird that stays very close and stoops to the lure; she goes off and 99% of the time stays in view but she does go out of sight for a while before thinking it's time to eat and comes back. My Harris hawk on the other hand is a hunting bird.
  13. Perhaps the mods/admin could set up an area where falconers/austringers could give advice or assistance if you find a raptor or have other worries about them.
  14. Just had a look through this thread; as a falconer and a love for raptors, you guys are not alone in your plight with wild birds of prey :? We falconers/austringers also have our dilema's and run ins with the wild birds. firstly, we all keep our birds whether finches, parrots, raptors or what ever and we have a responsibility to make our avieries, enclosures etc. as 'predator/pest safe' as possible. Outside enclosures should have chicken wire underneath the base substrate to prevent rodent or fox digging their way into the housing; the front and roof covering should be close enough to stop things being able to enter as well. You guys have a problem with raptors as your birds are an easy option for them. If a Sparrowhawk is able to get into your avieries, what is stopping your birds getting out? I am not trying to make you feel bad or belittle you in any way and hopefully we can all educate each other and help each other in certain circumstances. Just to show how vulnerable falconers are like you, here is a clip of my Saker falcon, which weighs about 2lb. being attacked by a wild male Peregrine (tiercel) earlier this year.............................it is shakey but under the circumstances she has now had 4 'meetings' since. http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a31/Saker-clive/?action=view&current=Cnv0003.flv
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