Falconry jargon is my favourite thing as both a falconer and linguistics enthusiast.
I wish I could live in this moment forever. I seems like a hundred years ago I knelt beside Arnie on our first cock pheasant, soaking and muddy and bloody and so so proud and happy. We both worked so hard for that bird.
Solo, B&W 1
Some of my favourite photos I took of Solie, that I went through and edited the other day.
You are so lucky.
I know it… Falconry has been my whole life. Just wish I was still sharing that life with this little guy (not that I don’t love Arnie).
There’s the possibility that Arnie and I will be moving into college next year and high on my list is concerns is how quickly I’ll be given an embarrassing nickname the first time cover myself in yolk in front of my peers.
"Draw me like one of your French ferrets."
Beautiful photos! Hope you don’t mind me asking, but what happened? I’m sorry for your loss :(
Thank you, and I don’t mind! Unfortunately a year ago on April 25th I had to have this stunning little fellow put to sleep, due to his suffering from an incurable bone disease in his feet that was going to dramatically and negatively impact upon his quality of life. He was the most well-mannered Harris’ I have ever met, let alone flown, was silent and absolutely faultless in the field. He was my dream hawk in every way and I know I’ll never fly another bird quite like my Solo. That was the hardest day of my life, one year on and I’m still suffering, and missing him every single day. Fate punched a hawk-shaped hole in my heart the day I let him go and it’s yet to even begin to heal.
Did you think I was joking?
do you have any tips for becoming a falconer?? i've wanted to get into ikt f
My advice will depend on where you’re from, as the process differs markedly between, for example, the UK and the United States. Obviously my familiarity with the American system is limited to the experience of friends and what I have read. This will be a long one!
Moulting & Insta, thank you followers!
Arnie’s been up to moult for a good while now and a couple of weeks ago, after a last cope, one last big mews clean and having had new furniture fitted, I put him up in weight and have left him to it. It always amazes me how quickly he reverts to an unmanned hawk within a couple of days of initiating reduced contact. Now until I pull him (possibly a little early this year as we may be moving out toward the beginning of the academic year) I’ll have contact once daily to refill his bath pan and scoop up any dropped feathers and any uneaten food/carcasses. This is to allow Arnie as stress-free a moult as possible as he is particularly highly-strung at this time of year and even a little unnecessary stress may cause considerable weakness in his new feathers - something that has to be avoided in a hunting hawk.
Now, until the beginning of next season posts on this blog will be fewer (I may be getting a new jill to work and if that becomes the case this will be a ferret blog for a couple months while I do some basic conditioning with her over the summer and mould her into the worker I need in the field - don’t complain, you will love it and I need something to do) (by basic conditioning I mean she’ll be looking cute and we’ll be playing a lot). There may also be the odd picture to show off how SPIFFING Arnie looks over the moult (he really is super handsome) (but they won’t be fab) (there will be big black mews bars in the way) (deal with it <3).
You can follow me on Instagram at solieeh4wk for little updates regarding Arnie, Spencer and the new jill in a few weeks.
Thank you for following Arnie and I this season, we hope to see you come September! As always, asks welcome and I’ll do my best to answer.
I have a writing blog, for anyone interested, at living-writing.tumblr.com . It’s primarily fanfiction based but when I have time I’ll be posting a lot more original stuff and falconry-related memoir-like entries (but I’ll link those here too). I post Criminal Minds edits here also, as well as fanfiction (mostly Criminal Minds because I am a fangirl) (other stuff too though). You can find me on fanfiction.net at Baywing.
I have a more personal blog at livdoee.tumblr.com which is my place for reblogging anything and everything, fandom stuff (you name it I probably am obsessed with it) and post my own stuff occasionally. So now you know exactly what’s gone wrong if My Mad Fat Diary GIFs and Paget Brewster quotes ever pop up on my hawking blog.