Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Last Flight

Last Sunday way my Hybrid's last flight.   He came down and hammered a Gadwall, as hard a hit as I've seen.  I wasn't really expecting much since the last duck he caught had nearly knocked  him out.  But I guess he had a hard hitting streak in him and the second duck in a row fell from the sky stone cold dead.  After the expected wing over to land on the duck, he started plucking as normal.  I traded him off on the lure and jumped him back up to the glove.  Something was wrong.  This bird normally eats very quickly, but this time he was barely picking at the glove.  Not long after getting home he regurgitated all of the food that he had eaten and wouldn't eat again.  I rushed him off to the vet and when we got there we found that he had a prolapsed cloaca and initially thought that he had a bacteria infection, but his condition continued to worsen even after giving antibiotics and he died just a couple of hours later.  The necropsy showed that he had ruptured his pancreas resulting from the impact with the duck.  This inflamed and twisted his lower intestines and ultimately caused his death.  So he died from being a hard hitting game hawk.  In the end this falcon had a winning record against the ducks, its too bad his last flight ended in a tie....

Hybrid and last Duck


Roe said...

Sounds like he was a hell of a bird. So sorry for your loss.

steveo_uk said...

Sorry for your loss, cant imagine how your feeling

Rebecca K. O'Connor said...

Damn. Falconry is so freaking unfair sometimes. It does though, teach us to appreciate every single moment. There isn't a day that I walk out into the field that I don't remind myself that it could be the last flight I get with my bird. I know I'm not alone in this. I hope you saw amazing things during the short time you had with your hybrid and that the new hybrid will continue teach you great lessons.

Albert A Rasch said...

Jeez Luise...

I just found your blog... I know it must've been tough to lose your bird.

I'm looking forward to viewing you archives and learning more about what you fellows and ladies do.

Albert A Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Proud Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit
Southeast Regional OBS Coordinator

Scott said...

Sorry to hear about your loss man. That sort of thing always sucks. In a twisted way, it's one of the beautiful things about our sport..... the highs are really high and the lows are really low.

I wish you luck with your new hybrid.