I am a woman falconer, enjoying the Great Outdoors with a hawk on my fist.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
A Nice Long Video of a Red Tailed Hawk Hunting a Squirrel
This was our hunt on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 here in the Spring Grove park. You can't really tell by the video but we are walking and moving through an incline. Rich bought a mutual gift for Christmas, a GoPro HD Motorsport Hero camera. It's mounted onto his hat, so sees whatever he looks at. This was the second time we've used it. It also was adapted from our last use, and is now set for better sound capture . . . to the point where you can hear him breath, and chew his gum, and spit. Nice! It's a wide angle capture, so no zoom features. We worked this squirrel for quite awhile. Usually they are lost, running into a hole. However, there must not have been any holes for its escape. Rich's brother, Brian, came along. Our job is to keep the squirrel in the tree. Yes, that's me making all the whooping noises. The bird learns based on that noise that I see something. Hit Girl does the rest of the work. She made quite a few attempts before finally capturing her dinner. Rich didn't record what happened after the catch. Hit Girl says "yum yum"!
The video seems to be more High Definition over at YouTube. Here is the link if you would like to look at it over there: Hit Girl Squirrel Hunt
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.