bfgscircus said: hey I was hoping you could help me out with something... ? My names Liam and im from New Zealand and the New Zealand falcon is one of a few national birds and later on this year I am getting a falcon tattoo but ive been thinking before I get this tattoo I should really learn some more about the amazing bird so I was wondering if you would do me the honor of being over flowed with information about the falcon ! would be soo cool to hear everything you know !!!!!
New Zealand falcons are absolutely gorgeous birds!
New Zealand is one of the only places in the world that is not home to the peregrine falcon, and it is commonly thought this is due to the fact that New Zealand falcons are just too fierce. They are extremely intelligent birds, and only recently have been used in falconry so still we do not know their potential. They are fiercely protective when on game, but otherwise seem to be one of the tamest birds around when being handled, said to be tamer than a well trained harris hawk.
Sadly they are one of New Zealand’s most threatened birds of prey. Being endemic only to New Zealand, they tend to be quite susceptible to change. They are quite unique in that they are one of the only falcons to have the ability to hunt in both open habitats and in forested areas, making them extremely versatile hunters. This is because they share some traits similar to hawks - they have very soft plumage which means the feathers are more flexible and resistant to breaking when chasing prey into thick cover in forests. This trait is very rare for a falcon to possess, and is what allows it to hunt in the open sky (like a typical falcon) as well as enclosed woodland/forests (like a typical hawk).
They are incredibly protective of their nests. Any animal or human that gets too close will have scars to prove so, as the falcons are not afraid to strike, legs and talons outstretched. The New Zealand falcon is known internationally as the bravest and most aggressive of the falcon species.
The versatile characteristics of this species means that this feisty little falcon fulfils all the roles that normally several species would fill overseas.
They are quick, extremely manoeuvrable and agile, making for a spectacular bird to see in the wild, and a fantastic bird to use in falconry, however only in the past few years have falconers taken them on.
There isn’t a load of information on there, but it’s what I know, so I hope you find it interesting and useful in some way, and I’d love to see the finished tattoo if you do get it done!
preening my hand and standing on it
looking scruffy (he’s just had a bath and is in the middle of moult)
- Baby, Turkmenian X Siberian eagle owl, 2 years old
- Freddie, tawny owl, 7 years old
- Annie, Asian brown wood owl, 2 years old
- Dobby, burrowing owl, 4 years old (?)
- Honey, European eagle owl, 5 years old
- Dave, barn owl, 1 year old
Baby the hybrid eagle owl
Freddie somehow managing to look slightly majestic
Not great photos, but this is Treacle the male common kestrel catching bits of meat in mid air to encourage him to hover over us whilst he waits for us to throw him the food. He’s getting pretty good at hovering now!
In remembrance of Vinnie,
Sadly during a large display at a country fair on the weekend, a loose dog got under the fencing of our display and grabbed our common buzzard by the wing. The damage was done before the dog was prized off, and Vinnie was left with his wing almost completely torn off. Euthanasia was the best thing for him, at least he’s out of pain.
Miss you buddy <3