Falconry

Falconry is the sport of taking wild prey in its natural habitat by means of trained hawks and falcons.

It has never been easy, and the present day conditions add many obstacles to the achievement and success in the sport. Mere enthusiasm, momentarily fired by the sight of trained hawks being flown to the lure on TV programmes or shows is not an adequate base from which to launch oneself into this most difficult of sports. A great deal of dedication and study is needed before a beginner gains a proper understanding of how to manage a hawk. many falconers choose both their livelihood and their home so that they can have proper opportunities to flollowing their sport, and they sacrifice many other interests to do so.

Nobody should acquire a hawk without first receiving proper instruction in how to keep and handle it. This is said with the interest and welfare of the hawk much more than any of the difficulties or frustrations an ignorant handler will experience. A hawk that is not treated with proper care becomes a pitiable object, frightened, her wing and tail feathers broken and caked with dirt, and a disgrace to the proper traditions our the sport.

A Hawk requires special accommodation and fresh raw food every day. A hawk is not like a gun or a fishing rod which can be stored in a cupboard when it is not wanted. She requires careful handling for which the time must be available. She cannot be left to look after herself when her owner wants to go away on holiday or falls ill. Hawks do not make good pets and they do not accept being fondled or made a fuss of.

If you have read and digested what we have just said and you think that you have the time space and enthusiasm to take up falconry, contact us, we can help.