I am a woman falconer, enjoying the Great Outdoors with a hawk on my fist.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Here is my new hawk, Oona. She was captive bred in 2008, and already an accomplished game hawk. I picked her up from her previous falconer yesterday at the Minnesota Falconers monthly meeting. It was nice to meet some new people, and after the meeting we did a little hawking with some of the members who brought their birds. Oona is finishing up her molt, but I'm told pretty much ready to go. I'm giving her a day or two to get familiar with her, and she with me, and will probably take her hunting this week. This morning I got her settled into my RT mews . . . she has her own, which I will be able to keep warm this winter, but it is still under constructed, and not quite finished. She has had a bath, some breakfast, demonstrated to me that she definitely knows what a lure is, and at this time is catching some rays on my tall perch. It is nice to have her here.
She came with the name. I'll decide later if it will stay. I'm guessing she was named after the willful fairy in the 1985 movie, Legend.
Falconry! Or more appropriately for me, Hawking! It is a passion, and a way of life. I happily pursue this sport, with the loving assistance of my husband. Come along with me for our adventures with the birds. Primarily we actively pursue it in the colder months . . . the rest of the time I try to make this blog as interesting as possible. Come let me share my stories, and feel free to contact me. I always enjoy talking about my obsession with this sport.