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Hawking & Falconry for Beginners: an introductory guide to falcon and training your first bird

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By: Hallgarth, Adrian
ISBN-13: 9780888390141 (2017 Ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780888395498 (2004 Ed.- Out of Print)
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 208
Photos: 172
Illustrations: 6
Publication Date: 2017



PR Highlights: Guide to falconry and training your first bird.
PHOTO Highlights: 172 photos and 6 illustrations throughout.

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Description: An introductory guide to falconry and training your first bird. Does the sight of a soaring bird of prey make you catch your breath ? Does the world of falconry intrigue you? Perhaps you are considering taking up this ancient sport ? Well, don't at least not until you read Hawking and Falconry for Beginners, a comprehensive, and easily understood guide for beginners. New falconers must ensure they are prepared for the long-term and resounding commitment entailed in practising this sport to a high standard. This book will guide you through the basics of choosing an appropriate species to begin, building suitable accommodation, equipping your new bird, ensuring proper diet and care and training your bird to fly free and hunt quarry. This is no small undertaking; beginners must be prepared for this sometimes overwhelming, but always satisfying sport. Anyone taking on this commitment without being fully prepared runs the risk of not only causing distress to their bird, but also jeopardizing the future of this sport. So as a new falconer, it is your responsibility to practice the sport to a high standard. This guidebook for beginners will show you how.

Author Biography

A.J. Hallgarth was inspired to engage in the art of falconry after reading a A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. Growing up in an industrial city in North England, he spent much of his free time learning about falconry from books until he proclaimed himself an expert at the tender age of eight. After much determination and convincing, he was finally able to acquire his first bird - a kestrel, with defiant eyes, the bloom on feather and a sharp menacing-looking beak. Adrian and Ruby started their training together, and fueled the fire that has kept him a practicing falconer for the majority of his life. As a professional falconry instructor, he has taught hundreds of students and has worked in many countries. He and his wife run Phoenix Falconry in Scotland, where they, along with their team of instructors, manage an impressive collection of more than 140 birds.


Book Reviews

Review by A. Falconer- Amazon.com


Don't be put off by the title - this is a great book for novice & experienced falconers alike. Packed with tips from 30 years of experience & written by the foremost display falconer in Scotland it is a MUST for anyone considering starting in falconry.



Review by Charlotte- Amazon.com


This book is well presented and a must for any new falconer that is interested in Harris hawks in particular. It clearly cover all the topics you need and more!! This is not a book that will be of no use when your bird is trained as it has lots of techniques and hints that will insure this book is by no means restricted to the beginner. The subjects on manning and equipping are excellent as it encourages the beginner to look at every problem from the birds point of view. This is a must if you are considering taking up falconry as the importance of representing the sport to a high standard are stressed. This book is (rightly so) based on the Harris hawk or Red-tail. as these are more suitable birds for beginners. So if you are considering the Red-tail or Harris Hawk buy this book and you will not be disappointed!



Review by Jackie Surridge- Amazon.com


A very well researched and informative book aimed at the beginner. Explained logically step by step with plentiful clear pictures, this book, by, in my opinion,one of the best display falconers in Scotland, is a very very worthwhile buy.
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