"For the vast majority of people who have done this work, it has been the hardest job they have ever done, and also the best job they have ever had. but if this work is not for you — if you consider it dull or drudgery or just too hard cuz you would rather watch TV or text someone, then please don't reply because you will have a miserable summer." - A Kennedy Seeks A Deck Hand ....on Cragslist.
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
You may know of Kitundu as a sound artist (previously
on Mefi). But did you know he also takes amazing pictures of birds
? [more inside]
also known as Birmingham Rollers are pigeons that are noted for their mid-air somersaults. These acrobatics also make the birds irresistible to hawks, falcons and other birds of prey, and some roller pigeon enthusiasts are fighting back. Investigators
are estimating that local enthusiast clubs are responsible for the deaths of 1000-2000 raptors in the Los Angeles area annually
. One man bragged about capturing 30 hawks in 45 days.
The National Birmingham Rollers Club has issued a press release
distancing themselves from the men under investigation but requests Fish and Wildlife Services to provide aid under laws protecting livestock predated by endangered species.
Owls are rad.
Sometimes they look kind of metallic and scary
, sometimes wise
, sometimes puzzled
, and sometimes like skulls
); sometimes they sound like dogs or pigs
, sometimes they sound like a little train
, sometimes they sound alarmed
, (Index of MP3s
); sometimes you come across an extensive gallery of Central and North American owls
, and even a description of the '04-'05 Northern Owl Invasion
; sometimes it's a dynamic range map of Owls of the Western Hemisphere
; sometimes it's the OwlCam
homepage with downloadable owl movies
, sometimes it's a series of articles on all things owl
; sometimes at BiologyBase
it's a printable owl sighting lifelist
, sometimes it's Ruru, the morepork
, New Zealand's native owl at NZBirds
. Or, w0t! w0t!
, it's attracting barn owls
and building nest boxes
at World Owl Trust. Previous MeFi birding FPP.
I've always found falcons fascinating.
A long time ago, I helped out ( in a small way ) with the state effort to re-establish the peregrine falcon in the Midwest. It was in a major Midwest city, where the downtown buildings were a close match to their native nesting habitat of cliff faces and tall trees. The focus for the falcon release was a hack box. Now, the same hack box is being used as a nest by a falcon breeding pair, who have four eyasses ( singular; eyas: i.e., falcon chicks ) this year.
This URL is the webcam of the hack box; it refreshes every 30 seconds. Since falcons eyasses grow fast, they need a lot of feeding, so the parents are primarily out hunting when they are not sheltering their children. Every once and a while you'll see one of the parents feeding the eyasses. In the coming weeks, you can watch these eyasses grow to more than triple their present size and get their flying wings.