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"This book is an important
work chronicling ...the way things were and the path forward for those wishing
to fly what many consider to be the ultimate hunting falcon, the passage
peregrine falcon, known more correctly to falconers as simply, The Passage
Falcon." Passage Falcons are those wild birds trapped during migration,
and trained for falconry. "At last, a treatise on training and flying the
passage falcon in modern falconry. As well as covering the use of the passager
[Bob Dalton] takes a look back at the place of the passage falcon held in the
true pinnacle of falconry, 'le haut vol.' These were flights at kite, heron and
then rooks on passage, all ...more or less consigned to the history books
...certainly within the UK. [But] then so is the use of the passage falcon
itself within Britain unless a brief partnership is formed between falcon and
falconer ...where a wildlife casualty is rehabilitated." Trapping birds of
passage is common practice in the USA, and is also legal in a number of other
countries. Chapters include: Life stages of a falcon; Equipment; Housing and
weathering; General husbandry and the moult; The Passage Falcon: Obtaining the
passenger; Hooding; Manning and taming; The lure, introduction and calling off;
Fitness training and entering; Out of the hood flights; Waiting on flights; In
the field; Tailpiece.
This Limited First addition book
was published in 2015 and has a 175 pages, illustrations by Carl Bass, front
dust cover plus 10 full color plates and 15 line drawings in the book. There
are also 17 color and 30 black and white photographs.
This is wonderful book that any
falconer or anyone interested in the Passage Peregrine will love to read.
5168 THE PASSAGE FALCON. $49.95