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Death from above

Watch Dora the falcon take out a duck- in midair.
posted by pjern on May 3, 2013 - 59 comments

Glorious bustard

The houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) is a turkey-like bird found in sandy and stony desert-like regions. The bustard is a favored prey of the falcon, though it has a strong defense against its predator: the forceful excretion of a dark green anal slime. The bustard's meat is prized as an aphrodisiac (or possibly a diuretic) by falconers, and its mating display is flamboyant, though slightly disorienting. [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Dec 1, 2012 - 16 comments

When you’re lost, ask someone who knows the way.

Parahawking in Nepal: beautiful footage of paragliders working with raptors to find thermals. [more inside]
posted by quin on Mar 17, 2012 - 11 comments

Parahawking

Hawkman of the Himalayas. British falconer Scott Mason and friends have combined paragliding and falconry into the art of parahawking. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Jan 23, 2009 - 7 comments

Kite-flying Falconry

How do you convince a raptor to exercise? One way is to send up a kite with bait (a chunk of meat) attached. This is a relatively new strategy (~30 years) in the millenia-old tradition of falconry.
posted by dkg on Aug 23, 2007 - 8 comments

makes 'em look like cool spacemen or ghengis khan or aliens or evel knievels...

The sport and hobby of Falconry, or hunting small game with raptors has been around since ~600 bce. What you might not have known is that there is a small industry to provide your hawk or falcon with a jaunty chapeau, often necessary to keep the bird calm. More here, here, and here. And then there's the crazy. All you need... is five-hundred geepee...
posted by exlotuseater on Jan 11, 2007 - 12 comments

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