Sunday, November 8, 2009
Yesterday was the first day of the duck season in eastern Oklahoma, my new Hybrid caught the first duck of the year, and it was this bird's first duck ever. After coaxing from my apprentice and another falconer friend I decided to fly even though I wasn't expecting much. It wasn't a text book flight or ideal flying conditions with high winds and upper 60's but worked out all the same.
Gyr/Peregrine Hybrids are mutant superfalcons, there is no way that should have ended in a catch. All the same, duck #1 in the bag. Off to a good start, but this is a baby bird and I foresee several days of a falcon stooping ducks that are still on the water. Gotta start somewhere...