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From author Joe Roy, who has been involved in falconry since he was a boy, comes the ultimate handbook for rabbit and hare hawkers. 

Joe's company, Aerial Predators and Ecology is dedicated to furthering conservation through education. This book, newly arrived this Spring, deals with not only the physical and mental conditioning of the hunting hawk but also in-depth information on the rabbits and hares, finding them, population assessment, and their long-standing relationship with man.

Dirt Hawking is the ultimate rabbit and hare hawker's handbook. Well researched and expertly written, Dirt Hawking is a must read for both the dedicated and the beginner rabbit/hare hawker.

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Loo Falconry - The Royal Loo Hawking Club 1839-1855

Falconry / Raptors

 The Loo Falconry

This book of falconry is indespensible.


In the nineteenth century in Europe, falconry was carried out in a spectacular and vibrant way. And there was no more impressive activity than that taking place at the Dutch palace of the House of Orange-Nassau.


It was there that the Royal Loo Hawking Club came into being. Founded by passionate falconry advocates famous for their Haut Vol falconry, flying falcons at the graceful and high flying heron, all too soon the Club passed into oblivion.


The Loo Falconry celebrates the colorful history and prestige of this international society.

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David Hancock - The Egan Lecture Univ. of AS Juneau

Falconry / Raptors

Evening at Egan:

Bald Eagles of the North Pacific Coast

an illustrated lecture by David Hancock November 4, 2006

Sponsored by the
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Alaska

Davd was the guest speaker at the fund raising event to support the endowment given by Jim and Mary Lou King to initiate a Chair of Ecology at the Juneau Campus of the U of A.

The illustrated talk was recorded, edited and produced as a DVD by the UAS Video Production Services and is offered here with their compliments.

Further donations for the study of Alaska ecology and particularly Bald Eagle research are gladly accepted on behalf of the Jim & Mary Lou King Endowment Fund.

"It was both a great honor and priveledge to be invited to initiate Jim and Mary Lou's incredible gift to the people. Jim has spent a lifetime devoted to conservation and education and research in Alaska. He is of that unique brand of pilots who flew "low and slow" a very very long time -- surveying and counting more waterfowl and eagles than probably any other person in the world." david hancock.

to access this 1 hour 35 minute illustrated lecture paste the following url into your browser:

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The Streaming Eagle Nest - A trip to the nest site (updated)

Falconry / Raptors

The nest is in the "Snag" dead center - the tree that has no top

The Quinitsa travels from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island to Denman Island, first hop to Hornby.

I've just returned from another trip to Hornby Island on my Goldwing to visit and work on the computer hardware connected to the camera in the now world-famous live eagle nest camera.

Update One of the reasons I wrote this was to extend the experience of the nest to people who will never visit Hornby. The trip there is by no means the longest or most boring I've ever taken, and it certainly is nothing like visiting the Antarctic or something - it's just an out of the way place that happened to already have a camera in an eagle's nest in a tree as well as high speed Internet fairly close by.

People who live 3 ferry rides from a major city and 2 ferry rides from what others consider civilization do so for any number of reasons. Some of them do it because of the beauty and some do it because of the solitude.

The fact is that the Internet breaks down distance to the point where any point on the planet is less than 1 second from any other point - by wire.

The eagle nest we view could be anywhere on the planet - or at least anywhere within several hundred miles of where it actually is. Even though we know exactly where it is, it still is invisible by any means we employ other than the camera painstakingly installed when the eagles were not there.

I've given you a vicarious trip to the nest. Please respect the privacy of the island inhabitants and try to resist the urge to arrive in droves. If nothing else you'll save the locals from having to deal with more than the normal rush-minute (when the ferry arrives/departs)

On the other hand, please do visit the area. Parksville, Quallicum, Comox, Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni and all the places in between (my favourite is Coombs - where they have goats on the roof of the local emporium). Fanny Bay - oysters! Lots of places and all have eagles. I spotted what has to be a 1 ton nest just North of Quallicum on the new Highway - in a tree to the West out in the middle of an open area. I was doing 110kph in a rain storm and was past before I could even think about stopping (and no turn around for miles) but I have to go back and take some pictures next time I'm there

Anyway, it is hard to put the stuff back into Pandora' s box, but at least we've tried :)

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