Fraptorday: Weekly Raptor

One nice thing about the time we spent in San Diego was that it was pretty rare to have weather during hunting season that made you think twice about going out. Here’s a picture from a Veteran’s Day outing in 2000, showing Pablo finding himself a high perch.

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Many falconers hunt their birds from the fist, waiting for prey to flush that is appreciable by the falconer and then casting their bird after it. We rarely do the hunting from the fist thing anymore. It seems more productive with our birds and dogs to have the birds flying from the outset. They do a much better job seeing prey early.

This picture was taken with a Sony Cybershot F-505 2 megapixel digicam. I cropped it, did a little adjustment of the tone curve and resampled it for the web.

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.