Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Professionalism Makes All the Difference

Recently I had the privilege of participating in a professional photo shoot.  The woman behind the camera is Barbara O'Brien, and she makes her living photographing primarily animals.  She has kindly allowed me permission to post some of her work here.  Go visit her page and enjoy some of her quality work:  Barbara O'Brien Photography

The images in this post are copyright protected by Barbara, and use is strictly prohibited without permission of the artist.  If you like what you see, contact her at her web site. 

For clarification purposes, I was not paid in any way to bring my birds, with the possible exception of being allowed to post some of the images.  Also, it is clearly understood that no image will be used for any commercial purposes, other than demonstrating the skill of the photographer and her work.

There was a very beautiful model involved.

I got some really nice pictures of Kali before I released her.

Wyvern was looking a little rough in the feather department, even though she has yet to start her molt.

It is simply amazing what a very expensive camera can capture, especially in the hands of a skilled photographer.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Recently I gave an educational talk to one of the local 4-H groups.  My mailman has been wanting me to come out for some time to do this . . . finally we got a day coordinated.  The kids were very interested, and asked some good questions.  Thanks to all of you for being a great audience!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Bird

Today was release day for Kali.  I was invited by some friends up North to join them for a hawk walk (Wyvern was along, pictures to come for that) and to then release Kali.  Before I cast her hood, I removed all her gear.

The final step is to remove her Federal band.  Once that was done, I removed her hood.  I have been increasing her weight in preparation for release, so immediately she flew away and up into the trees.  It was a nice Spring day, high 30s, sunny and mild breezes.

I wanted to send her on her way cropped up with good, rich food.  I prepared one of the pigeons that was accidentally killed during last October's trapping.  It took awhile for her to be convinced to come down for her last free meal with me.

She did eventually come down.  One last good meal accomplished, and a hop up to my fist for the final bites, she was then sent on her way.

Fly Free Kali!  Live a Good Life . . . Thanks for the fun this last winter.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eagle Falconry

Rich and I use a GoPro with our hawking, although this last season I didn't have a whole lot of days out in the field with Rich along to record much.  However, this mini documentary about eagle falconry is a very good demonstration of the technology.

A lot of this appears familiar, as last month I went to go see The Eagle Huntress.  It may have been staged, but was still a very picturesque window into a unique form of falconry practiced by the nomadic Kazakh people.

End of the Season