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Adios 2011, You Weren’t as Bad as I thought…

Yesterday when I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself for not having gotten much done in 2011, I started making a list. What all HAD I accomplished? What had I left behind that I loved best? And the list surprised me. My book on Lories and Lorikeets was published in February. And I [...]

What to Do with your Photos

These days bloggers get asked from time to time to try out products to review. I almost always say, “no”.  I barely manage to get my own blog posts done. It feels like a burden to write something for the sake of commerce. Also, it makes me feel a little bit like a fraud. This last [...]

Five on Falconry: Tim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher has been a falconer since the 7th grade and after referencing that Kennedy was in the White House, he admits it’s been about 49 years. His first bird, Rowdy (named after the Clint Eastwood character in Rawhide), was an eyas tiercel American Kestrel he flew in Orange County, California. (Although every thing else [...]

Monday Morning Falconry Fix (with accipiter)

A week ago Saturday I had a fantastic reading/presention of LIFT in Southern California. It had everything a reading should have: old friends, family, falconers, a Brittany as chaperon…and Cooper’s hawks. It wasn’t my plan to do hawk transport, but a seven hour drive back home  just sounded better with a hawk in the back of the truck. Honestly, just the [...]

Five on Falconry: Matt Mullenix

  Matt Mullenix has been a falconer for 27 years. His first falconry bird, Savannah, was a broad-winged hawk he flew in Panama. Although he had been rehabbing screech owls for a local facility, it was the hawk that set him on the path to a lifelong engagement with falconry. His list of falconry mentors [...]

Five on Falconry: Steve Olner

Steve Olner is in his second year as a falconer, flying a red-tailed hawk his wife named Zoie. (They have a deal. She gets to name them. He gets to fly them.) Steve hunts in Colbert, Oklahoma and survived his first season thanks to his sponsor, Steve Armstrong. He is in awe of the falconers [...]

The Way of the eBook

I hope everyone is loving the Wednesday interviews as much as I’m enjoying writing the questions and getting the answers. I have several in the queue and quite a few other falconers who have agreed to be tormented. I’m hoping to keep this going throughout the moult! In the meantime, as my July 1 release [...]

Five on Falconry: John Pittman

John Pittman has been a falconer for ten years and got his start in Madbury, Maine. His favorite falconry bird is Luz, a peregrine falcon and he cites Teddy Mortiz as a falconry muse. John works as a Director of Information Services although he dreams of retiring and someday being voted “great person to go [...]

Five on Falconry: Katherine Browne

Katherine Browne has been a falconer for five years and started her falconry career flying a red-tailed hawk named Artemis in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She still enjoys the friendship and advice of her sponsor Donald Adams and now flies a goshawk. Katherine works as the Dealer Relations and Pro-Staff Coordinator for Prois Hunting Apparel and [...]

Five on Falconry: Steve Bodio

Steve Bodio has been a falconer for 48 years and started his falconry career flying a red-tailed hawk called Cinnamon in Boston, Massachusetts. He names John Loft: teacher, Classicist, scholar, translator, poet, master of the Merlin (E. B. Michell’s natural successor), and friend as a falconry inspiration.  Steve is a writer and perhaps best known [...]