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Peregrine Falcon Kills Duck Midair


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#1    LiveForTomorrow

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:00 PM

A Falconer attached a POV camera to his bird to get a pretty cool perspective.




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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:25 PM

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Cool video, Thank You.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:57 AM

View PostLiveForTomorrow, on 07 May 2013 - 07:00 PM, said:

A Falconer attached a POV camera to his bird to get a pretty cool perspective.




weaksauce, would have been a much better perspective from the ground....for some real action youtube golden eagle hunts, take down goats/wolfs/deer...

Edited by g00dfella, 10 May 2013 - 04:59 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:38 PM

View Postg00dfella, on 10 May 2013 - 04:57 AM, said:

weaksauce, would have been a much better perspective from the ground....for some real action youtube golden eagle hunts, take down goats/wolfs/deer...
Give the guys some credit jeesh. Falcons are very fast and swift and its the POV of the bird


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

So is the falconer going to eat the duck? If not why does he go through the effort of obtaining a falconry license and training the bird? To make "cool" videos on Youtube? To pretend he's a medieval prince?

Falconry is akin to fox hunting, something that historically has mainly been practiced by nobility. That's why it's so popular in Saudi Arabia, too many rich people with nothing else to do but to put on airs.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:50 PM

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So is the falconer going to eat the duck?

Um. Maybe the falcon is?

Falcons don't eat salads ya know.

I think this is pretty neat.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:53 PM

I've put a screen in front of my two in the hope that the pair of fat, lazy beggars will watch and get the idea!

BTW - The bird in the opening scenes is a Harris Hawk, not a Peregrine. Falcons are recovered to a lure - not to the 'fist'.

Edited by ealdwita, 10 May 2013 - 07:53 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:59 PM

That...was a seriously cool video. I love that HD cameras are cheap enough for the average person to use now :gun:

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:06 PM

Pretty neat video. The bird is doing what comes naturally.Years ago as a little kid we were driving on Hausman Road.There used to be in the 1950s lots of cottontail bunnies around.Well  my parents saw this owl,think it was a barn owl come swooping down and grab up a rabbit. The rabbit was making noises,almost like the bunny waS screaming.Momma told daddy, Oh Fred,the poor bunny,do something. Unfortuanely daddy said he didn't have his gun with him .He felt sorry for the bunny,but without it couldn't do much,and even then if the bunny was badly hurt,he would have had to shoot the bunny to put it out of his misery.Better to just let nature do it's job.
Don't know what the guy did with the duck,unless the bird ate it.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:09 PM

View PostPurplos, on 10 May 2013 - 06:50 PM, said:

Um. Maybe the falcon is?

Falcons don't eat salads ya know.

Thanks for that newsflash. The point remains, the falconer is not going to eat the duck or any other bird that is brought down. This is not hunting for food. This is purely entertainment.

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I think this is pretty neat.

Hmm, maybe I should post some "neat" videos of dogs being used to bring down "game" animals. The UM posting rules would forbid me though.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:11 PM

View Postredhen, on 10 May 2013 - 06:04 PM, said:

So is the falconer going to eat the duck? If not why does he go through the effort of obtaining a falconry license and training the bird? To make "cool" videos on Youtube? To pretend he's a medieval prince?


During the course of the hunt, once a kill has been made, the falconer will remove the bird from its kill and substitute a 'tit-bit' of meat and fur to lure it back on to the fist ready to be put into the next quarry. The prey usually eventually ends up on the table with vegetables and gravy! If the falcon eats too much, it won't hunt again that day.

On the final kill of the day, I and most other falconers allow the prey to be eaten by the falcon as a reward.

Sorry, I'm not going to dignify your other comments with a reply.

Edited by ealdwita, 10 May 2013 - 08:12 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:12 PM

View Postredhen, on 10 May 2013 - 06:04 PM, said:

So is the falconer going to eat the duck? If not why does he go through the effort of obtaining a falconry license and training the bird? To make "cool" videos on Youtube? To pretend he's a medieval prince?

Falconry is akin to fox hunting, something that historically has mainly been practiced by nobility. That's why it's so popular in Saudi Arabia, too many rich people with nothing else to do but to put on airs.
You do need to be rich to own a falcon, also its popular through out Europe, really some people need to watch animal docs more


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:26 PM

View Postealdwita, on 10 May 2013 - 08:11 PM, said:

The prey usually eventually ends up on the table with vegetables and gravy! If the falcon eats too much, it won't hunt again that day.

So what kind of birds (that your hunting bird brings you) end up your table, I'm genuinely curious?

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Sorry, I'm not going to dignify your other comments with a reply.

What, about the dogs bringing down game animals? What's the ethical difference between falconry and bear/bull/hog baiting?

I have a strong interest in history, and I'm all for maintaining culturally important traditions, unless of course they are immoral holdovers from a more barbaric time period.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:42 PM

View Postredhen, on 10 May 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:

Thanks for that newsflash. The point remains, the falconer is not going to eat the duck or any other bird that is brought down. This is not hunting for food. This is purely entertainment.







You actually have a point. This would be considered poaching in most, if not all States in the US. ( without the proper license )

I am sure though, that this person ( as any falconeer, I new a few ) are very responsible, and had these things.

Edited by Sakari, 10 May 2013 - 10:46 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:58 PM

View Postredhen, on 10 May 2013 - 10:26 PM, said:

So what kind of birds (that your hunting bird brings you) end up your table, I'm genuinely curious?

Mostly pigeon, duck and the occasional hen pheasant.

View Postredhen, on 10 May 2013 - 10:26 PM, said:

What, about the dogs bringing down game animals? What's the ethical difference between falconry and bear/bull/hog baiting?

I have a strong interest in history, and I'm all for maintaining culturally important traditions, unless of course they are immoral holdovers from a more barbaric time period.

Whatever I say, my answers will not satisfy a person with 'anti-hunting' views, but I'll give you my POV for what it's worth.

The differences between falconry and the other 'blood sports' you mentioned are - Firstly, the raptor is acting naturally and hunting for its food as it would in the wild. Secondly, the kill is always clean and practically instant - a better death than facing the slaughterman's axe in a vast, noisy shed after a long journey crated up in a lorry.

As far as hunting with dogs goes, as an ex-foxhunter myself, I will admit I cannot make a case for it that would satisfy a non-huntsman, so I'll not try, but neither will I accept that embedding a barbed hook in a fish's mouth and dragging it around a lake, is acceptable merely because it's traditionally looked upon as a 'working-man's' pastime.

And I can assure you, I am neither rich nor a member of the Nobility!

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