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Old 11-08-2017, 02:15 PM
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Flicker is being caught and tethered later this evening.

I've been cutting his weight in the pen but I don't know what he may weigh later on - I guess about 1lb 4oz and wild as ever...

He had the first primary on each wing not dropped. But I think he's completely moulted other than that.

I've just brought some harkers coxitab to give immediately for prevention and I've changed all the sand and carpet in his weathering.
Hi Terry,

Good to hear that Flicker will be back on the scene shortly. I take it the last remaining primaries will drop when he comes out of the pen? What is coxitab?

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Old 11-08-2017, 06:47 PM
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Hi Terry,

Good to hear that Flicker will be back on the scene shortly. I take it the last remaining primaries will drop when he comes out of the pen? What is coxitab?

Kind Regards,

Bradley
Hello Bradley

Yes I expect he'll drop the last feathers shortly as in previous years. But they are slow to grow down when he's cut for flying.

Coxitab is a weak preventative for pigeons to cure coccidosis.

There are more effective cures such as Baycox. But they are quite harsh on the falcon.

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Terry
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:17 PM
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Just been trying to get Flicker alone with food.

No chance ! He's hungry and smacking his lips at my dead dove. But wouldn't come to my hand.

I need help to catch him tomorrow.

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Old 16-08-2017, 10:10 PM
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Managed to pick him up from the block with food this evening.
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Old 16-08-2017, 10:55 PM
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Caught him up on Sunday morning and left him on block hooded until the next morning. Then left him bare headed in the weathering til this evening - he was about 1lb 6 3/4oz when I caught him but maybe had some food in him ? I've tried to pick him up the past two evenings but he wouldn't have it. Terrified, bating off block and screaming before I even got to the pen door whilst plucking a pigeon for him to see as I slowly approach him. He's seven now and he knows this routine. He's frightened of me. Our relationship is purely hunger based even after all this time. He wouldn't sit on my fist if I scooped him up so I let him be.

This evening he still bated away but he was interested in me plucking the bird for him. He bated away before I could unbolt the door and i still had to scoop him up but he immediately fed from the pigeon a few beak fulls whilst I untied him. Then he was rock steady whilst I walked him down garden and indoors. He's a funny little bird. He was 1lb 4 1/4oz

I mite spayed him, greased up his anklets, cut his beak tip off, fed him 2oz of pigeon with 2 harkers coxi tabs hidden.

He's dropped all his feathers I think - I haven't pulled him about too much to see.

I daren't...lol

I put him back in pen at 10pm with a bath ready for tomorrow.

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Old 24-08-2017, 10:50 PM
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Had a bad week that has messed up the Scotland hawking preparations I had planned.

Someone hit me up the back in my trusty filthy old death trap Astra van at the beginning of the week leaving me and carless until today when I received a brand new hire van as a replacement. Flicker has already christened the back with a mute... !

I'm off to Scotland early Saturday morning and completely unprepared.

I flew Flicker tonight for his maiden launch of the season.

He was 1lb 3oz at 5pm but without his usual back pack fitted so 1lb 3 1/4oz I guess.

He bated away on approach and screamed in terror but then hopped up to my hand for a chick leg...?!?! Lol. Completely predictable for him. Funny little 'awk he is..

I went to my friends farm and put up a copter with a lure at 50ft and 60yards away. On unhooding he stood firm for a minute before he flew and completely ignored the copter as to be expected as he never seen one.

He circled about abit getting further down wind each loop and never came over me at all. When he was 500yrd away and getting too near a working combine harvester I feared he may check as lots of woodies about - he was 100ft or less. I swung the lure and he came instantly but circled me once before landing on it. He was panting when he landed but not blowing hard and soon stopped. He had a bit of his buzzard head on him at first cos copter was still air borne but soon settled and seemed like his old self. Fed him a chick and a half.

Going to try and do something similar tomorrow near home but without the copter, maybe over a pond I suppose but the cover is high on the marshes and the trees in full leaf holds lots of woodies. Buzzards everywhere here. Obviously youngsters with parents so more than last year and last week even saw a Marsh Harrier following a combine which is a first for me. I thought it must be a youngster and maybe they had bred locally here but I doubt that cos not enough fox free terrain for them. On further research it was an adult cos it had a cream head. I've never seen one following a machine almost gull like.

Got lots to do before leaving for Scotland on Saturday. Got tomorrow off work to prepare though.

The kids are coming on nicely. The little boy one is 6 now and the girl 3. Think I'm going to miss them this year. They're very funny, but good ol Hags will hold the fort at home here. She's had a bit of a grizzle about me going, but she's ok. Brilliant woman she is.

I've got the video camera all ready and brought a really good memory card for a score off of one of the shop lifting crack heads in the pub. Colourful lot back in my home town ghetto..lol So hopefully get some good footage. I'm hoping it will be much easier trying to film over a pointer as a opposed to lobbing rocks at the ducks and film one handed.

Thank you to Paul Hilarious for helping me with the camera and sight set up.

Hopefully he'll be kind enough to edit my footage for us to watch and be sure to remove any home made porn efforts...I'm sure none of you want to see ol' hags looking back over her shoulder all doey eyed like a startled deer...lol

Bless her... If she reads this I'm in the mire...no pun intended

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Terry
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Old 25-08-2017, 05:55 AM
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Hello

Had a bad week that has messed up the Scotland hawking preparations I had planned.

Someone hit me up the back in my trusty filthy old death trap Astra van at the beginning of the week leaving me and carless until today when I received a brand new hire van as a replacement. Flicker has already christened the back with a mute... !

I'm off to Scotland early Saturday morning and completely unprepared.

I flew Flicker tonight for his maiden launch of the season.

He was 1lb 3oz at 5pm but without his usual back pack fitted so 1lb 3 1/4oz I guess.

He bated away on approach and screamed in terror but then hopped up to my hand for a chick leg...?!?! Lol. Completely predictable for him. Funny little 'awk he is..

I went to my friends farm and put up a copter with a lure at 50ft and 60yards away. On unhooding he stood firm for a minute before he flew and completely ignored the copter as to be expected as he never seen one.

He circled about abit getting further down wind each loop and never came over me at all. When he was 500yrd away and getting too near a working combine harvester I feared he may check as lots of woodies about - he was 100ft or less. I swung the lure and he came instantly but circled me once before landing on it. He was panting when he landed but not blowing hard and soon stopped. He had a bit of his buzzard head on him at first cos copter was still air borne but soon settled and seemed like his old self. Fed him a chick and a half.

Going to try and do something similar tomorrow near home but without the copter, maybe over a pond I suppose but the cover is high on the marshes and the trees in full leaf holds lots of woodies. Buzzards everywhere here. Obviously youngsters with parents so more than last year and last week even saw a Marsh Harrier following a combine which is a first for me. I thought it must be a youngster and maybe they had bred locally here but I doubt that cos not enough fox free terrain for them. On further research it was an adult cos it had a cream head. I've never seen one following a machine almost gull like.

Got lots to do before leaving for Scotland on Saturday. Got tomorrow off work to prepare though.

The kids are coming on nicely. The little boy one is 6 now and the girl 3. Think I'm going to miss them this year. They're very funny, but good ol Hags will hold the fort at home here. She's had a bit of a grizzle about me going, but she's ok. Brilliant woman she is.

I've got the video camera all ready and brought a really good memory card for a score off of one of the shop lifting crack heads in the pub. Colourful lot back in my home town ghetto..lol So hopefully get some good footage. I'm hoping it will be much easier trying to film over a pointer as a opposed to lobbing rocks at the ducks and film one handed.

Thank you to Paul Hilarious for helping me with the camera and sight set up.

Hopefully he'll be kind enough to edit my footage for us to watch and be sure to remove any home made porn efforts...I'm sure none of you want to see ol' hags looking back over her shoulder all doey eyed like a startled deer...lol

Bless her... If she reads this I'm in the mire...no pun intended

Regards

Terry
Hi Terry,
have a great time! I'd be happy to have a go at editing. If you are filming the other flights as well as yours you'd best say the name of the hawk out loud at beginning of each recording. Hope you get some good stuff,

Paul
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Old 25-08-2017, 09:30 AM
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Good luck in Scotland Terry! Entertaining write-up as usual, so I expect more of the same on your return....

I'm sure you'll miss the kids, but being busy helps. Mine have just been away for 2 weeks & I didn't realised how much I'd missed them until I was waiting in 'arrivals'......., but now it's back to normal...haha...

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Old 25-08-2017, 11:14 AM
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Hi Terry,

Flicker sounds like he can be an un-predictable bird at times. I'm glad that he has taken to the wing although it's a shame to hear that the van took a hit. At least you'll be able to get up to Scotland still now. Best of luck for some good hunting there, I'm sure Flicker will build up some fitness at least. I'm sure you'll let us know how it goes when you're back?

Happy Hawking,

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Old 25-08-2017, 08:31 PM
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Hi Terry,
have a great time! I'd be happy to have a go at editing. If you are filming the other flights as well as yours you'd best say the name of the hawk out loud at beginning of each recording. Hope you get some good stuff,

Paul
Hello Paul

Yes I planned on filming lots of flights, but I am the cadger, gofa, and dog man so I must be careful uphold my responsibilities and only film when the situation allows. But I'll try to get plenty of Flicker if I can keep my head in the heat of the flush. Yes ill be sure to try and name the falcon in each flight.

Thank you for all your help mate. I promise to get you at least a few epic flights !

Regards

Terry

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Hi Terry,

Flicker sounds like he can be an un-predictable bird at times. I'm glad that he has taken to the wing although it's a shame to hear that the van took a hit. At least you'll be able to get up to Scotland still now. Best of luck for some good hunting there, I'm sure Flicker will build up some fitness at least. I'm sure you'll let us know how it goes when you're back?

Happy Hawking,

Bradley
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