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]
Parahawking in Nepal:
beautiful footage of paragliders working with raptors to find thermals. [more inside]
Hawkman of the Himalayas.
British falconer Scott Mason
have combined paragliding and falconry into the art
The sport and hobby
, 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.
, and here
And then there's the crazy
. All you need... is five-hundred geepee...