Yesterday's adventures also included making my way across the state, to Hector, Minnesota, to see a woman about a hawk, as opposed to seeing a man about a horse, with no nefarious intents in mind. An advertisement was posted by a fellow Minnesota falconer on a falconry forum, looking to sell a 2008 female captive bred Harris Hawk. She is an experienced hunter, but her falconer is busy with two hunting gyrfalcons, as well as a gyrfalcon breeding project. I wanted to meet the bird, however felt fairly certain I would want to purchase her. We were introduced, and she screamed a lot at me, and everyone else, mostly because she was hungry. I was able to pick her up, and take her outside, and though not at weight for hunting, was instructed to let her fly up to one of the trees, which she did. I was given a chicken leg, and called her to the fist. She hesitated for only a short time, probably wondering who I was, but did come to the fist and started to eat. I returned her to her mews to finish her meal.
The rest of our visit was involved in chatting, and meeting both the hunting and breeding gyrfalcons. Christina and I were allowed to hold them, so here is the gratuitous picture of that.