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Your FREE Online Falconry Magazine

February 2014

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Memoirs of an Artist Naturalist by George Edward Lodge Printed by The George Edward Lodge Trust

www.georgeedwardlodgetrust.co.uk


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Welcome To the latest edition of PURSUIT Falconry Magazine. I write this having just returned from the IAF Conference in Doha, Qatar. A wonderful place and over the next few months I will report on my experiences of this fascinating conutry and their falconry traditions. This month, I have articles on falconry, art and innovation in falconry equipment from around the world and a massive thankyou to the contributrors of this slightly delayed issue. (Sorry but I have had a bought of Man Flu! and i’ve been out of sorts for the last few days since my return to the wonderful wet and very cold British climate.) In the last few months, I have seen this magazine grow and to the many 1000’s of regular readers from around the globe thank you so much for suppporting this FREE online magazine. Also, I am pleased to report with the assistance of Patrizia Cimberio as of March an Italian language version of ‘PURSUIT’ which will be available online as quarterly online magazine.

features 4 News 6 Profile of Esengali Sadirbayev Falconry Artist from Kazakhstan

14 Photo of the Month 16 Developing a unique way of mounting a leg transmitter by David Ewell

If any other countries wish to create ‘PURSUIT’ in their own language please get intouch and hopefully together, we can all keep on spreading the falconry message to everyone.

20 An Obsession with Peregrines

So until next month - Good Hawking.

34 Extracts from a Crow Hawkers Diary

by Wildlife Atyist David Bennett

30 Hunting Blue Hares with a Golden Eagle in Scotland by Neil Davies by Alec May

Neil Davies, Editor Pursuit Magazine is published by Neil Davies and promotes the practice of responsible Falconry & Hawking. Please be aware all images and text is copyright © Neil Davies 2014 and the contributing writers, photographers and artists. No part of this magazine can be used without the written approval of the Editor or its contributors. To advertise, submit articles or photographes within Pursuit Falconry Magazine please email the Neil Davies , Editor: neil.a.davies@icloud.com

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In the News... Italian Falconers at The Hunting Show in Vicensa The sixth edition of the Hunting Show will take place from 8th - 10th February in Vicenza, Italy.

For the dog lovers there is a dedicated Hunting Dog Pavilion featuring both English and continental breeds.

The show features all aspects of Italian Hunting, Nature and Shooting and is must for all countrysports men & women.

Opening times: Saturday/Sunday 9.30am to 6.30pm Monday: 9.00am to 4.00pm

www.vicenzafiera.it

Urban Release of The New Zealand Falcon Three endangered New Zealand Falcon chicks have been released into the city of Rotorua. This project brings together Rotorua Museum and Wingspan, the National Bird of Prey Centre, on a very special project

to release New Zealand falcon chicks (karearea) into the city of Rotorua. This is New Zealand’s first ever urban release of an endangered species.

www.wingspan.co.nz

Dates released for the 2014 International Festival of Falconry, Abu Dhabi, UAE The Emirates Falconers’ Club, Abu Dhabi is once again hosting the International Festival of Falconry. This prestigious event starts on the 6th December 2014 in Abu Dhabi and runs through to the 14th December. For further information and programme of events please log on to:

www.falconryfestival.com

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The Archives of Falconry - World Center for Birds of Prey

7th Annual Spring Rendezvous 1st March 2014 Wall of Remembrance 2014 Inductees: Gary R. Alten, Gary A. Beeman, Frank M. Bond, Daniel J. Brimm III, Andrew L. Doran, C. Robert Elgin, Walter G. English, David R. Gardiner, Jack Hagan, Victor J. Hardaswick, Billy John Linde, Peter J. Oberg, George D. Woehrl

The Archives of Falconry will be open at 10AM * Wall of Remembrance Ceremony (1:30PM) * Special Guest Derek Craighead * Tours of the World Center for Birds of Prey * Falconers’ Celebration Dinner Buffet Special rate of $85.00 per night at the Oxford Suites Hotel at Cole and I-84. Rate includes hot breakfast and evening reception (not connected to the Archives banquet). Please reserve room by February 15th for special rate. www.oxfordsuitesboise.com or 888-322-8001 Celebration Dinner at Oxford Suites-5:30 P.M. $28.00 per person (1 drink coupon, tax and tip included). Cash beer and wine bar. Reservations required by February 21, 2014 by check or credit card to:

The Archives of Falconry - World Center for Birds of Prey 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709, USA

Email: taf@peregrinefund.org

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FALCONRY IN ART

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Esengali Sadirbayev Falconry Artist from Kazakhstan

CONTACT: Email: esengaliart@mail.ru Website: www.esengaliart.kz Was born in 1965, Almaty, Kazakhstan. A member of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan.

Esengali Sadyrbaev in hius studio

Kazakhan artist Esengali Sadyrbaev Dear guests and art lovers, I am glad to welcome you here, in virtual workshop of an artist. I am working in realistic manner and consider myself as an heir of the great traditions of the classical school of painting.

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Education: by N.V.Gogol Art school, by Abay the Kazakh State University. Had more than 10 personal exhibitions. Took part in many international projects and exhibitions.


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PHOTO OF THE MONTH © STEVE DICKSON 2014

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FALCONRY EQUIPMENT

David Ewell FALCONER

- INVENTOR

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FALCONRY EQUIPMENT

above: the NEW David Ewell Designd leg mounting kit

above: detail of bewit mounting

“Developing a uniqueway of mounting a leg transmitter”

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I created this out of necessity as are most inventions are and mine was no exception.

Getting the birds ready to fly is hassle free now and transferring transmitters from one bird to another is a breeze. I get the falcon up on my glove as they are more comfortable sitting there, as I attach the leg mounts to each nut.

I had a gyrkin last year that broke the track pack, I had placed on him with in a few hours. I don’t really like using tail mounts, so I decided on the standard bewit style leg mount.

One hand is all you need to cinch up the transmitter compressing the o-ring to make it secure.

It soon became apparent this falcon did not like his feet being messed with and fought this for several weeks. So, I started brainstorming ideas and ended up with a simple screw on style nut and stud which was retained with a silicon o-ring.

Typically a standard bewit needs to be loose enough to take on and off without too much trouble. This however, leaves the bewit loose on the tarsus and can easily be removed by the falcon. I recommend a bewit be just loose enough to allow it to rotate around the tarsus, but this means the first time you place it on it’s going to be a little difficult.

My biggest concern was will it stay on and not come unthreaded. I’ve now personally used it for 3 months now and I am very pleased to say it’s highly unlikely to come unscrewed.

Once it’s on it stays. Yes it does stretch over time and tends to dry out, but I recommend putting leather treatment on the bewits as needed and replacing them if they get too loose.


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PROFILE Falconer & Inventor, David Ewell and was born and raised on a small farm in a small town south west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Having a wonderful childhood surrounded by all kinds of animals and grew a great love for all gods creatures. From an early age his passion for birds or for that matter anything the flew seized his imagination.

above: detail of bewit mounting on falcon’s leg below: simply screw in the transmitter bottom: transmitter securely fitted

David has been actively involved in falconry for 36 years and is always thinking of new ways to improve the sport. One of his latest ventures was creation of the Top Flight Falconry Products Falcon Block that Marshall Radio recently purchased the design for and is now manufacturing them. David says, “unfortunate that we have to place any foreign objects on our birds, but to practice modern day falconry it’s a necessary evil.” As a Mechanical Design Engineer by trade David is always thinking of new and innovative was to improve the things he’s involved in and due to a problematic falcon the unique Leg Mount method was born. David is currently flying a female Anutum Peregrine 5x intermewed mostly on ducks with a few sage grouse and pheasants mixed in. He really enjoys training pointers and running them in the vast high deserts of the west in pursuit of the mighty sage grouse.

Contact: David Ewell 8782 Dorilee Dr West Jordan, Utah 84088 USA Cell: 801-864-5816 PURSUIT  ISSUE 5

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AN OBSESSION WITH PEREGRINES

David Bennet W I L D L I F E

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In this issue of Pursuit, we are fortunate to show you some examples of Wildlife Artist, David Bennett sketches of wild Peregrines in his native Yorkshire. His first solo project “True to Form” was published in 2007. Soon to be followed by “Otter Shores” in May 2011, a culmination of his work with these elusive animals, portraying observations and encounters on the wild and remote west coast of Scotland. Constantly subject to the dynamics of weather, light and season. Through sketches and paintings he illustrates the otters’ world, their behaviour and habits, giving pointers to the would-be otter watcher on the tracks and signs to look for.

Wildlife Artist, David was born and raised in Doncaster in 1969. From an early age he naturally took to painting and drawing, animals and birds being a recurring theme. These interests grew with his schooling and continued during a degree in graphics and illustration at Leeds, followed by a masters degree in natural history illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating David moved back to Yorkshire, where he now paints and draws full time. His work has earned him many prestigious awards and placements on conservation projects in Alaska, Extremadura in Spain, Ireland, Scotland and the New Forest. His lively representational drawings and paintings illustrate a creative passion which is inspired by much observation and work in the field.

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Peregrine roosting

CONTACT: David Bennett MA (RCA) SWLA Tel: +44 (0) 1423 889628 Email: davidbennett@tesco.net Website: http://davidbennettwildlife.co.uk


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Young eyasses at the nest

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HUNTING EAGLES

Hunting Blue Har a Golden Eagle in Back in 2010, I was staying with my good friend and fellow falconer Alex May and to my surprise Alex had arranged a day out with Neil Hunter to see Nelson his male Golden Eagle fly the mountain or blue hare (Lepus timidus). Neil arrived at Alex’s house for breakfast and shortly afterwards we were heading for the hill. Neil warned me the ground conditions were difficult and that this was the first time he’d been on the hill for over a month, due to the amount of snow that had fallen over the last couple of months We packed our kit in Neil.s pickup and drove towards the snow covered hills. Leaving the main roads we folowed a farm track onto the hill driving carefully up a steep snow covered

Main Picture: Nelson in flight - images © Alex May 2010

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track for several miles. However, we couldn’t reach the top of the hill due to the snow drifts which blocked our way. Neil decided this was far enough and we’d have to do a bit of walking. After briefing both Alex & myself on how he wanted us to walk the hill and quickly checking the telemetry and slippng his cocker spaniel, we were away in search of the elusive blue hare. Well I thought I was fit but walking through deep snow takes it out of you, I was exhausted. And I wasn’t evening carrying and eagle! However, within an half hour, we had our first slip, a cracking down wind flight with Nelson covering the ground at some speed, he briefly connected with the hare but unfortunately the hare went down a small snow covered gully and managed to get free of Nelson’s grip.


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res with n Scotland After several other near misses, Nelson was justly rewarded for all his effort, when a blue hare was flushed and broke left in front of both Alex and I. Giving Nelson the opportunity to take the hare in some style.

by Neil Davies

It was a day ,that I will never forget and I hope that I will get the opportunity to get out on the hill with Neil and his eagles in the future. Below:Nelson on his hare

As Neil made into the kill it was great to see this eagle’s manners he allowed Neil to open up the carcass and remover the heart as his rewardand Neil placing this beside the eagle and then Nelson stepping of the hare to eat his just reward and Neil quickly put the hare in his bag What was remarkable for me was seeing Nelson’s manners on the kill and his immaculate feather condition is testament to the time and dedication that Neil spends on his young eagle.

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Hooded Talons Quality handcrafted hoods & falconry furniture

Tel: +(44) 7723 442669

Email:kevin@hoodedtalons.co.uk Website: www.hoodedtalons.co.uk

The unique wildlife designs of

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Hawking Books by Martin Hollinshead Signed copies direct from the author Second Edition. If you missed it first time around, here’s another chance to immerse yourself in this massively detailed best-selling training and hunting manual. New layout including action shots by US photographer Natasha Leong.

GLOWING REVIEWS ‘Deserves an A-plus. A first-rate, top-flight falconry book’ American Falconry ‘Should be compulsory reading for anyone flying or contemplating flying a Harris’ hawk’ International Falconer ‘Probably one of the most descriptive accounts of ferreting to hawks ever written’ Hawk Chalk ‘A compelling and enduringly fascinating read. This book lives up to its boastful title’ Independent Bird Register HC. 240 pages. £25.00

‘A must for all rabbit and hare hawking enthusiasts’ Scottish Hawking Club

TWO TITLES FOR THE EAGLE ENTHUSIAST German Eagle. HC. Limited to 400 signed copies. £30.00 Join Fritz Loges as he hacks, trains and then flies his eagles to fox in wartime Germany.

‘Recommended for anyone drawn by the allure of flying eagles’ Matthew Mullenix Hunting Eagle. HC. Limited to 500 signed copies. £35.00 Forests and fields are hunted – islands too – as rabbit, hare, fox and deer are pursued as eagle falconry’s best known names deliver today’s devastating bird.

‘A book that should grace the shelves of all who are interested in this wonderful raptor’ Alan Gates ALSO … Memoirs of a Hunter. HC £25.00 By Friedrich Remmler Edited by M Hollinshead Illustrations by V Gorbatov ‘The squeak of footsteps in newly fallen snow, the lugubrious silence of a forest shrouded in white and the startling cry of the tundra wolf; all are part of the astonishing memoirs of Friedrich Remmler…Whether driving wolves to waiting borzois in pre-revolutionary Russia or hunting them with golden eagles on the Kirghiz steppe, Remmler’s boyish excitement entrances…A mesmerizing book’ The Field ‘Fascinating...riveting...unique...mesmerizing’ Sports Afield ‘You won’t find a more exciting hunting book this year’ Gray’s Sporting Journal ‘Opens up an entire lost world’ Stephen Bodio

To order signed copies email: martin.hollinshead@btinternet.com Telephone 01384 878 573 Available in the US and Canada through Mike’s Falconry and Western Sporting PURSUIT  ISSUE 5

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CROW HAWKING

Extracts from a Crow Hawkers Diary by Alec May Below are some examples of crow hawking day in the Scottish Borders with ‘Millie’ my first rook hawk: Millie’ was at 1.141/8 today. Real windy here.I slipped her at what I thought was 15 plus mixed and all hell broke loose there must have been 500 plus mixed in the sky. She was in about them no fear. I lost sight of her there was to much going on. I saw them diving at a field full of bullocks,headed over and she was on a rook with 20 big noses nudging her.

Slip 2 was at about 50 plus.

They were a good bit out and she went along the ground real low she was undetected up to the point of about 60 yards and they were all up she got up with I picked her up and hooded her and took them and they went for cover the last the rook just in case. I saw her was over some trees I got the telem out and it pointed to a field and guess what the field had 30 plus bullocks all standing in a circle. I got in the field she had nailed a adult crow and wasn’t for giving it up even with the cattle round her. I picked her up on her crow and let her sit on it in the van. I fed her up on it in the safety of the back garden.

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A NEW Book on Eagle Falconry is now available

Where Eagles Hare by Thomas Carnihan

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