Raptor show

Last Saturday my mom and I left home at 10:00 for a raptor /falconry show at Kittery Trading Post in Maine.
The raptor show we went to was called The Raptor Project inc. The show is run by Jonathan Woods, master falconer and wildlife rehabilitation, and his wife Susan Woods. They have the largest traveling collection of raptors in the world.
After doing some shopping we walked over to the tent right before the show started. He had an amazing selection of raptors a lot of them suffering from past injuries, including a red-tailed hawk hit by a car, a golden eagle hit by a pick up truck well-being flown at jackrabbits, and their mascot a 25-year-old bald eagle who lost part of his wing when he got hit by a semi well feeding on carrion on the highway. “(As you can see a lot of raptors injuries involve collisions with motorized vehicles.)

Even before the show started one of the birds made a big impression. The Eurasian eagle owl sitting placidly on his perch, locked his eyes on a Pomeranian who was sitting right next to us. Jonathon Woods had to ask the owner to leave since there’s no dogs at the show. The owl went from being content to hunting mode in second. I was totally surprised to look up and have this massive owl staring in our direction.
He flew so many amazing birds from the crested caracara that ran around on the ground and sounds like a penguin when talking, to the massive Golden eagle Maria.
The raptor project also had baby american kestrels and barn owls. So cute!
They flew one of my favorite raptor an Apalamado falcon, which had to be flown on creance because once at a sports arena it took off after a pigeon, both birds falling into the crowd.
I’m so happy that I went and got to see all these amazing birds plus a few more.

My dream bird an apalamado falcon.    When I got my photo taken with the bird the first apalamado kept bating off the glove so he had to switch to the baby.

My dream bird an apalamado falcon.
When I got my photo taken with the bird the first apalamado kept bating off the glove so he had to switch to the “baby,”


Falconry, trapping

For my first post on falconry I’d like to focus on methods of trapping. I’m going to talk about each method of trapping individually.

Netting methods,

#1 Bow net,
The bow net is a net that flips over the raptor when it goes at the bait, it was popular among the Dutch falcon trappers how trapped and sold raptors in the dutch city of Valkenswaard,

#2 Dho-gazza
The dho-gazza a trap developed in India is two nets the that collapse onto a stooping falcon as it chases an escaping pigeon.

#3 Mist net
The mist net is commonly used by bird banders, and scientists studying bats, the net is very light so it is not visible to the birds being trapped.
Pigeon are used as bait being tossed into the air so they flutter their wings, in turkey they use female shrikes as bait for sparrowhawks, sense the females shrike is brighter in color,

Noose methods, image
# 1 Bal-chatri
The Bal-chatri is a trap that houses the bait which can be mice for kestrels or pigeons for hawks, the trap can be many shapes and sizes depending on the species being trapped,
When the bird of prey dives down to the trap trying to get at the bait the get their talon entangled in the nooses that cover the trap, This trap is effective for many different species,
It’s very popular that it can be dropped quickly on the side of a road or in a field and you can park within sight and wait for a bird to fly over,

#2 Pigeon harness
The pigeon harness is a vest that you strap on to the pigeon it has many nooses on it so when the raptor dives down to kill the pigeon its talons get entangled in the nooses.