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Scout

Wow. That is WAY cool.

caroline

migod! what have you done??? now I want to try it, too...it must be a 'daughter of russian peasant' thing. my mother's Ukrainian. close enough, eh? I seriously want to try this. do you suppose we can justify it by knitting a hood for the hawk?

Sharon

Perhaps in a past life you were one of King Arthur's pals.

LaurieM

That's very informative. Now I want to know, how does falconry speak to your soul? I sense some magic or poetry behind those hard facts you listed.

Marcy, Not Blogless

Woh. Falconry?? This is THE coolest thing.

But shouldn't you be dressed in a little high-waisted flowey something with a princess cone hat on your head? :D

janine

Oh wow! I would love to try that. Where we windsurf we have a couple of Kestrels that hunt mice and rats in the undergrowth at the top of the beach. Sometimes when we are rigging up they are hovering so close, they are at eye level and nearly close enough to touch. They are such regal birds :-)

Manise

Laurie- you sure live life to the fullest! Awesme post!

My maternal great-grandfather was a Roumanian peasant with a great handle-bar mustache.

Cara

You are nuts. And I say that in the most loving, respectful, awe-inspired way. I too am from a long line of Russian peasant stock. All it got me was big boobs. ;-)

Maryann

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Carole

What a fantastic experience! I would have been scared but the thrill must have been fabulous.

maryse

ok, you know i've got a bazillion questions now. that is very cool. she's such a pretty birdie.

Chris

Ooo, ooo, ooo!! I think you just handed me a great anniversary present for DH. Now if I can manage to collude with his secretary to schedule time off without him knowing...

Norma

Oh, very, very, very, very COOL. And isn't the Equinox fabulous???

Marcia

Now, that is something I NEVER would have guessed! What great photos!

Cordelia

EXCellent.

margene

My eyes are always on the sky, watching for raptors of any sort. The inspire and awe me always. How wonderful to have one on the arm and feel the wind the wings create on your face. It must have been an incredible experience.

Kris

How cool - I have always wanted to try something like that! Does holding a giant macaw count? Those suckers weigh a ton.

mamacate

Wow. What an experience. And thanks, Mr. E. for the great pictures!

Kat

Very cool. I'd love to try that.

Teresa C

Wow! Pete and I are always bird hunting. Actually just last week our neighborhood falcon (yes, we have one!) made a swoop at Pete's head. Must have come between the bird and prey of some sort. We are forever looking to the heavens, which may explain all of the cuts and bruises on our legs. Those trips are harder to take as we age. :)

Thanks for the email! I have been an absent blogger, blog reader, internet surfer and computer user altogether. Oh! But the other things I have been busy (very busy) with! It has been a hectic and wonderful spring and summer. Hope to see you soon, and maybe this week you should check out what is happening at the Blues. There may just be a resurfacing of the absent blogger.

Sarah HB

VERY cool!

Barbp

So wonderful you had the expierence. I love the large species - eagles, hawks, canadian geese, owls and heron to name a few. I spot hawks on my daily commute, but I think the heron is my favorite.

The small birds not so much, probably because of that Hitchcock movie The Birds. EWWWW

Lee Ann

I had no idea they didn't develop relationships with their humans. Must have been pretty amazing, then, to look into the bird's eyes, knowing there's only one thing that holds her there.

Cheryl

I had no idea that they weighed so little! And that they were totally driven by hunger. Fascinating, thanks for sharing.

--Deb

VERY nifty! You've obviously been waiting for months to share this!

PumpkinMama

Wow - what a cool thing to experience. Why must they always be on the left wrist?

julia fc

You look like a natural. How very fun.

Liz

Wow... that is so cool. We have wild hawks around here, but have never seen pictures of a hawk lading on someone's arm... and now the dumb question... how come the left wrist always?

jess

holy crap! that is so cool!

Bookish Wendy

I'll have to tell Rob about this place. He holds a deep respect and love for hawks. He believes them to be symbols from our universe. We have a pair in Longwood. They fly over my building and children's. I love to hear them crying out to one another. It also amazes me how many people are oblivious to them. They are such amazing animals.

Diane E.

That's the coolest blog entry I've seen this year. Great photos! We have an amazing variety of birds on our property as it backs up to a marsh. Green herons, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, and 3 kinds of owls to name a few, but haven't seen a falcon.

JessaLu

SO cool.

Caroline M

That hawk has a wicked beak, there's no doubt about what it calls dinner.

I held a tawny owl last week (they were displayed next to a male and female Harris hawk). It too was lighter than I expected it to be, they're all fluff and feather.

Chris

What an amazing opportunity and experience - I'm in awe.

Wendy

Wow. Just . . . wow.

Your photos say it all. :-)

Martha

Cool! She is a beautiful bird. Prettier than I expected hawks to be (esp. lady hawks).

Beth S.

That is simply amazing. I know you'll treasure those photos. I would!

Someday I want to knit (St*rm*re's) Anne Boleyn just for the hawk motif.

BTW, why does the hawk return, exactly? It can catch anything it would want to eat, and probably get a bigger, tastier meal that way. Is it a certainty vs. probability thing? (i.e. easier to come back for the little bite of chicken than to spend the day looking for a mouse?)

Cathy

Twin souls by different mothers. :-)

Sonia

Cathy send me to you!
What an amazing bird!

Chris

That is SO cool.

elisa

OMG. The first picture? Of you and the falcon? Possibly the coolest picture I've ever seen. It's actually so cool that it makes me a little weepy.

Rachel H

Knitter, spinner, enophile, falconer, and doctor. You are quite the impressive renaissance woman, my friend.

Judy

I am not going to forget this for a long time. WOW! She is amazing, umm.. you both are amazing. How beautiful. Wonderful, holy smokes!! That must have been amazing.

claudia

Despite your protestations, it looks like there is hawk-human communication going on in that first photo.

Igor is looking suspiciously at the hawk. Perhaps he knows that he qualifies as hawk-lunch?

Cindy D

How fascinating to be so close to a bird of prey!!! It's coloring is inspiring. You must have been thrilled.

June

How awesome!!!

lisa Co.  Springs

What an incredible opportunity! Great pics, Mr. E.

Melissa G

That is so cool. Having had a chance to handle the creatures professionally I am in awe of them. Few others understand my fascination. Congratulations!

Dorothy B

That is awesome! I love those pictures. Mr. E did a great job and the bird is gorgeous.

Juno

My UPS driver hawks. He's a bird guy and he brought his young hawk Zoe to visit us once - she's remarkable. (Also the albino python - but that was a different day)

And yes, never mistake that attention for affection - unless you fancy the nickname nine-fingered lefty?

What a wonderful day.

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