Friday, October 2, 2009
The other day, I had the privilege to attend an introduction to Falconry. To those not familiar with the sport or have only read about in novels, it uses birds of prey to catch game. It is believed to have started in the Far East or in the Arabic world circa 700 B.C. In spite of the name, falcons are not the only bird that is used. One of the more popular birds, is The Red-Tailed Hawk pictured above. He is an incredible product of nature capable of reaching speeds of 120 MPH. While the sport is ancient, it has a strong following. There are about 5000 falconers in the States. It is strictly regulated at the federal level. No bird was harmed in the production of this blog.