Falconry Resources and Why Matt Is Obsessed With It

Hey guys,

I know that you have probably heard the podcast and you know that I have been recently obsessed with the art of falconry. I wanted to provide you with some more insight into why I really appreciate the sport, and why I think it is something that should be appreciated by more people. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, go back and listen, so I can feel rewarded for my behavior.

I linked this place in the podcast post, but I need to link it again. When I got the wild hair to look up falconry resources, this was the first site that I found, and was also the one that has influenced my thinking the most. I really appreciate the frankness of the information, and I think that the author provides a great example to those who would be interested in the sport. Also, the videos are pretty incredible to see. The Modern Apprentice.

If you’re like me, and you want to learn more about the training and hunting aspects of the Falcons and Hawks used, you can check out the International Falconry Forum which, much like regular forums, has some misspellings, but is pretty damn informative for all that. You can also see some of the beautiful birds that people are hunting with on this site.

Of course, this is the internet, and I haven’t mentioned one of the best resources for the Falconry Appreciator, Wikipedia, which has great information on the birds and the practices. Cruise around here to look at some of their info. Also, check out the pictures of the birds.

Kristin mentioned the fashion of Falconry, with the Hoods and the Jesses. These are incredibly intricate and the Modern Apprentice has a good section on them. However, there are many sites about the making and maintaining of hoods. This store claims to have them in stock and make them, and has a great deal of falconry products.

Hope this explains myself. Also, check out Kristin’s post of the evocative faces of falcons.



Animal Extras: Hipster Owls and Falconry


In the podcast we had mentioned owls rather briefly as poor but interesting candidates for falconry training. I (Kristin) may have referred to the jadedness of hipster owls getting in the way of the owls’ path to training success. I was all thinkin’, owls have these unique bird facial expressions -birdspressions, if you will – that make them too cool for falcon school.

But, as is turning out to be usual, I was wrong.


Although falcons and hawks seem to lack the capability to make the “smiling eyes” or “smize” taught to owls by Tyra Banks, they can generate some fairly expressive faces that lend themselves to a few memes.

Behold, your new favorite word.

And so it seems like a shame that hawks and falcons get all the cool parts in movies when owls are the ones with the talent. I can only think of two famous-ish owls on tv – the Tootsie Roll owl (jerk) and the owl, Owl, from Winnie the Pooh (lame). There’s the giant one from The Secret of Nimh…which is one of the most terrifying animated animals ever.

Where are the juicy owl parts?

Turtle bombing, Falconry, and Bird Self-Reflection

New episode of Animal News: The Podcast. Check out The Modern Apprentice for more about Falconry.

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