PEREGRINE SPRING, A
Master Falconer's Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey
BY NANCY COWAN
Nancy Cowman’s memoir of thirty years of living with
raptors, gives us a new perspective of the relationship between humans and
these feathered friends.
After working for many years with hawks and falcons
from breeders, Nancy agrees to rehabilitate an injured wild Peregrine falcon,
thus entering an exciting new phase as a falconer. The relationship that
develops becomes an intensely sweet interlude – a “Peregrine Spring” as the falcon teaches her
about the wild instinct of raptors. When tragedy strikes, Nancy must decide if
what she does is worth it.
From retrieving her falcon from the local police
lockup, to racing to save her young peregrine from attack by a wild hawk,
Cowan’s life is an ever changing adventure filled with heartwarming and
heartbreaking moments. Peregrine Spring carries her readers along so they too
come to know and love hawks and falcons in ways they never imagined possible.
A Master Falconers extraordinary life with birds of
prey. Hard cover book 265 pages with some nice color photos, book size is 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 with dust cover.
5171 - Peregrine
Spring, hard cover book. $22.95
Advanced praise for
Nancy Cowan’s Peregrine Spring is the best narrative
of a modern falconer’s life I know. It’s not a how to book, though you can
learn plenty from it. Nor does Nancy pose as an all knowing Master, though she
is a master, or mistress of our ancient practice. What she does give us is a
falconry pilgrim’s progress, from beginner to teacher, with all the thrills and
delight and sometimes horrors that accompany the journey.
“STEVE BODIO, author of
A Rage for Falcons and Eagle Dreams.”