hufflethena asked: Hi! I love your blog! I've always loved hawks, and recently I've thought about taking up falconry. It doesn't exactly seen to be a widespread hobby, so would you mind giving me some advice on where to start? Thank you!
Thanks! Falconry is a brilliant hobby, and a love of hawks is a brilliant starting point. Start by talking to existing falconers. They may agree to take you on as a sort of apprentice falconer. I started by asking for some work experience at a bird of prey centre and ended up becoming a permanent volunteer. You’ve just got to get to know the right people, and be a quick learner. Before you approach a falconer and ask for experience, make sure you have read up on falconry as much as you can. Learn the basic terms and definitely learn how to do the falconry knot - I learnt this by just repeating it over and over again using a piece of string and copying a youtube video. You could also become a member of the British falconers club (assuming you are from Britain here) and complete a beginning falconry lantra course. It can all be very expensive to get a lantra course advisor, so it isn’t necessary, it can just be very useful if you want to learn things fast. Definitely get some work experience somewhere though, once you get started it will all be worth the hassle!
Meet Dobby! Yet another new bird, this is a burrowing owl
Coco in the display. Absolutely stunning flying bird, extremely powerful and quick
grumpy little Alfie
Coco the gyr/saker falcon