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Old 14-01-2018, 05:51 PM
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Hi Tony,

Thanks for the report. Well done on the snipe. I know it's not the classic way to catch them but some of the best flights Ive seen up on the fells here were the wild haggard tiercels chasing snipe all over the sky and footing them high up. All out tail chases where the speed advantage was definitely with the wild tiercel. Every trained tiercel I've seen has been slower or no faster than the snipe and they have all given up when the snipe has towered op into the sky. For the wild tiercel this is just the start of the flight most of the time and the way they can reel in a snipe across the sky is always amazing. So for your tiercel to be pulling them in chases is pretty impressive, but obviously brings in inherent risk as you describe from the hyenas.

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Nick
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Old 15-01-2018, 10:16 AM
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Hi Tony,

Thanks for the report. Well done on the snipe. I know it's not the classic way to catch them but some of the best flights Ive seen up on the fells here were the wild haggard tiercels chasing snipe all over the sky and footing them high up. All out tail chases where the speed advantage was definitely with the wild tiercel. Every trained tiercel I've seen has been slower or no faster than the snipe and they have all given up when the snipe has towered op into the sky. For the wild tiercel this is just the start of the flight most of the time and the way they can reel in a snipe across the sky is always amazing. So for your tiercel to be pulling them in chases is pretty impressive, but obviously brings in inherent risk as you describe from the hyenas.

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Nick
Shwmae Nick, I've never seen that myself it must be an awesome sight the haggards really are something else. I've seen them chasing the racing pigeons in the valleys I'm amazed at the persistence of them.
I trapped and trained a haggard tiercel, fit bird took a variety of quarry on every outing but wouldn't wait on over the dog, nightmare it was ,so I was glad when I woke up, and Dewi was sat on the block. Lol. Tony.
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Old 15-01-2018, 12:35 PM
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Well done Tony, nice clips, I wish I could master this computer business.
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Old 17-01-2018, 06:56 PM
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Bitter cold morning yesterday on the uplands, probably minus 3 or 4, even the mountain ponies were sheltered from the wind. The GWP came on point about 400m away and was soon backed by the setter, I cast Dewi off and he immediately flew over the dogs.
His pitch was 59m to start but as I made my way over the tiercel was lowering his pitch. The flushing was on the button and Dewi hooked the snipe in the air, typical I managed to film it but it was no spectacle.

Today back to the lowlands, we flew some new ground that looked lovely from the road. A flood plain I'd say next to a major river and was heavily covered in rush. Walking was hard going, we swung around into the wind and snipe started breaking immediately we worked the dogs wanting a point but it seemed impossible so I put Dewi up. He was soon bombing the snipe which were putting back in when under pressure, he had 1 really notable flight when a snipe broke whilst Dewi was down wind, he chased it into the wind up into the sky until both were out of sight, he soon returned over the field, his best pitch up till now was 100m, he d been in the air now for 25mins with several flights and near misses and decided to have 5 in a nearby tree. Shortly after the dog bumped a miscellaneous and Dewi caught it out of the tree. It was a shame after all the flying he d done hope it hasn't sown the seed for more like that. We turned to the hip flask to drown our sorrows more than celebrate. Although there were plenty of snipe there we won't be rushing back to that field. Two kills in two days but both in poor style.
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Old 17-01-2018, 07:10 PM
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Bitter cold morning yesterday on the uplands, probably minus 3 or 4, even the mountain ponies were sheltered from the wind. The GWP came on point about 400m away and was soon backed by the setter, I cast Dewi off and he immediately flew over the dogs.
His pitch was 59m to start but as I made my way over the tiercel was lowering his pitch. The flushing was on the button and Dewi hooked the snipe in the air, typical I managed to film it but it was no spectacle.

Today back to the lowlands, we flew some new ground that looked lovely from the road. A flood plain I'd say next to a major river and was heavily covered in rush. Walking was hard going, we swung around into the wind and snipe started breaking immediately we worked the dogs wanting a point but it seemed impossible so I put Dewi up. He was soon bombing the snipe which were putting back in when under pressure, he had 1 really notable flight when a snipe broke whilst Dewi was down wind, he chased it into the wind up into the sky until both were out of sight, he soon returned over the field, his best pitch up till now was 100m, he d been in the air now for 25mins with several flights and near misses and decided to have 5 in a nearby tree. Shortly after the dog bumped a miscellaneous and Dewi caught it out of the tree. It was a shame after all the flying he d done hope it hasn't sown the seed for more like that. We turned to the hip flask to drown our sorrows more than celebrate. Although there were plenty of snipe there we won't be rushing back to that field. Two kills in two days but both in poor style.
Tony
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Don't you just hate that when it happens Tony, sound like you have found snipe city.
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