Jess the Falconer second Blog
Throughout my time working with Ben I was lucky enough to learn from scratch the ins and outs of falconry. Everything had to be done to the finest standard, from making anklets to washing out. It took a long time for Ben to be satisfied, but because of that, this high standard of husbandry has been instilled into me and i try to pass that on as best I can. A passionate breeder 'Nick Wilkinson' lives by 'you can never pay too much attention to detail' and this is the case for every aspect in falconry and breeding alike, be that the breeding, rearing, training and everything in between. I have before now, learnt the hard way that missing signs can and will end up in disastrous results. Part of being a falconer is taking the rough with the smooth, but its being able to notice mistakes, acknowledge them, and learn from them, that makes a good falconer. Falconry should never be considered an easy sport to partake in. The majority of falconers aspire to hunt with wild or near wild falcons as they believe these birds and their parentage make better hunters and lineage. Because of this falconry can be gaining enough trust from a wild animal for it to accept you and allow you to hunt alongside it as an aid. A mutual respect between a falcon and falconer is a necessity if they are to succeed. A hunting falcon has the ability to live wild with ease, so you need to become an aid and partner while hunting.