Falconry is an ancient and noble art, still practiced today by falconers throughout the world. While, these days, falconry birds are specially bred in captivity, they are still wild, independent animals and owning and training them requires the right knowledge and skills.
Falconry Basics is designed to provide those new to falconry with the essential information they need, including the basics of types of birds and their individual characteristics; acquiring the proper equipment; how best to care for and maintain healthy birds, and all aspects of training, flying and hunting. Accompanied by diagrams and line drawings throughout, and with additional material, such as a glossary of falconry terms, this newly revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive, practical guide for a whole new generation of falconers.
- An updated edition of this classic guide to owning, flying and hunting with hawks.
- Assumes no prior knowledge: takes the reader step by step through the pros and cons and responsibilities of buying and owning a hawk.
- Offers essential guidance to novice falconers, whether they simply want to fly hawks or also want to train their hawks to hunt for prey.
TONY HALL was Editor of the British Hawking Association's journals and, from the age of fourteen, bred , trained and flown numerous hawks, including Tawny Owls.
MICHAEL K NICHOLLS has been an active falconer since 1968 when he trained his first kestrel, and still regularly flies merlins and peregrines through the hunting season. He is a passionate advocate for the improvement of the welfare of birds of prey in captive situations, and was involved in the development and promotion of the first nationally recognised awards for falconry best practice. An academic by profession (now retired), with a particular interest in raptor biology, Mike is a member of the Hawk Board and a former editor of the British Falconers' Club Journal and Newsletter. He has written extensively for both academic journals and more popular falconry and avicultural magazines.
‘Recognition of falconry as an “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO, as is mentioned by Mike Nicholls in this book, implies that the practice requires the transmission of skills, through generations, from master to apprentice. Recognition by UNESCO also implies that these skills are something that should be valued and are in danger of being lost for all time if they are not nurtured. Aspirant falconers need help from established practicing falconers; again, the author makes this clear in his text. Nevertheless, there is a real necessity for any aspirant falconer to have a sound grounding in basic knowledge and this is provided by Mike’s excellent text. I have no difficulty in recommending this book (Falconry Basics) and will be encouraging new falconers in my own country to obtain the book in future.’ -- Adrian Lombard (Past President, International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey)
Over time, falconry practice, convention and law all become out-of-date, Mike Nicholls has done an excellent job of revising this staple 'how to' book. I hope all who read it will learn from it, and come to love the sport of falconry as much as the author. -- Nick Kester (President, The British Falconers Club)
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading An Introduction to the Care, Maintenance and Training of Birds of Prey ISBN 9781846893025 Author Tony Hall, revised and updated by Michael K Nicholls Binding Hardback Extent 246 x 189mm, 288pp Illustrations Diagrams, line drawings and photographs Ebook yes, available from your usual supplier
'I found this revised version of the 2003 edition to be exceptionally well written, the text easy to follow and the advice and sensible cautions for beginners that are peppered throughout to be most informative... The advice on bird selection, housing, essential equipment and the care and maintenance of birds of prey is detailed.' — Gary Creighton, British Country Sports
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