An old man and a young chick... that's asking for troubles...
a week ago Friday, Sibelle made her first kill: a quail. Afterwards she became more agressive. Maybe because I decreased her weight even more.
On Saturday I got my telemetry-system, so on Monday she was allowed to fly without a line and all went very well.
She's coming very fast, even to fast, without calling her. As soon as my right hand goes into the pocket, she knows food will come out and she'll start.
Yesterday I was training at home, let her fly from a pole to my glove. But at the start I was to slow. I put her away, walked for 4-5 m when I heard her bell. I turned my head... just at the moment she wanted to land on my shoulder (because I didn't keep my glove the way she could land on it)... 1 tallon in my ear and a few others touching my cheek...
Lucky I already did put some rabbitmeat in my glove and she stepped over real soon, but then problems increased: my handkerchief was turning red due to my blood (and the bloodthinners I have to take) and that handkerchief was in the hand that normally takes the food out of my pocket... on the glove there was only a thiny piece of meat and Sibelle was very hungry (and very aggressive)
Finally succeeded to put her in her box (after she also attacked my right hand thinking there was food..), got my leaks fixed and could continue the training.
- old men and young chicks, a dangerous combination
- beware of redtails reaching hunting weights and already tasted warm blood
- don't think a redtail doesn't know or doesn't see when your hand goes into the foodpocket of your jacket
- BEWARE OF THE TALLONS!
- and for sure: it's YOUR own fault they are punishing you for!
I don't have such an expensive hearing-device in my ear yet. My oldest daughter is a medical docter, so now the repairs were not at all expensive and some like tatoos, others are "improving their looks" with some scars...
And luckely Sibelle is still very young... tallons will grow and her power will increase too. By that time I hope not to make such mistakes anymore because once she starts thinking that my head is easy food...
So: what doesn't kill you will make you stronger (or wiser).
that accident yesterday was completely my fault. I can only blame Sibelle that she came to fast and didn't wait till asked to come. She landed on the wrong spot because I wasn't prepared!
Today I went back to my teacher's place. We put Sibelle a transmitter on her tail and she was free to fly. She acted marvellous. She flew into the tree I pointed, hunted the (rabbit-)lure, came to the glove when asked and when she came to early, we just didn't let her land. Everything went like a fully trained bird.
And for today I was very afraid as her weight was almost 60 grammes more than yesterday, what was 30 g more than desired. But she still did everything OK, so she learned a lot these days.
Can myou believe that a month ago I never had such a bird on my hand? And normally a training for falconer takes about 3 years! Not that I'm a falconer yet, but in short time I will be able to hunt with my Sibelle. Now I'm looking around to buy some little rabbits and once she can catch a live rabbit, she will become even more aggressive. They don't hunt with parrots, you need a hunter to hunt!
All's well that ends well