I meet wonderful people through my hobbies and different things I do. Dianne is one of these wonderful people. She has been rescuing, rehabbing, releasing and educating about birds of prey for over 20 years. She is also a master falconer. She devotes her life to birds of prey. When she asked me to lead a portrait class with her raptors I was thrilled. While I was there and had all my gear set up I had her step in front of the camera with her birds. I just love how the photos came out. All the birds in the photos below besides one is a permanent resident of her raptor rescue. The snowy owl cannot be released due to a wing injury. The golden eagle also has muscle injuries making it non-releasable. The red tailed hawk is her falconry bird. This will be her first season of hunting with that red tail and I look forward to seeing how well she does.
Falconry is a sport that has been around for a very long time. Falconers trap a certain type of bird, depending on what they plan on hunting. They catch this bird as an juvenile. The falconer will then work with the bird daily to help “man” it down meaning train it. They train it to fly to the fist and to return when called or lured back. They work together in the field to successfully hunt prey. The falconer will stir up the prey and the bird will hunt it down. They use the game they catch to feed the bird. In some places around the world, they will hunt to feed their families as well as the bird.
You can learn more about Dianne and her rescue by clicking here.
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