Out come the binoculars. I'm still looking all over above me and finally I think I see some movement as I'm scanning through the binos. I lock on to the movement and it sure enough is my bird, but he's just barely even a wiggly spot up there. I've kited birds at 2000' and I could still see them with my naked eye but this bird was almost out of sight through binoculars! Definitely the highest one of my birds as ever gone. So I make in for the flush. The ducks leave the water cleanly and pretty soon I see the feathered missle hurtleing down, but by the time I see the falcon so had the ducks and they turned back to the pond just in time for the falcon to pull feathers out of a hen Mallard as she crash landed safely back into the water. When the falcon turned to regain pitch the Mallards high tailed it out of there and quickly burned my bird into the wind. He remounted as he came back overhead and there were still 1/2 dozen teal on the water. So I waited for him to be in position and flushed the teal, to which he didn't even dip a wing. This is about the 3rd time he has refused to stoop teal, seems a little odd to me. Called him down to the lure and he wasn't even breathing hard. It was pretty amazing to have a bird dissappear in the sky that high up but really it was too much to effectively hunt ducks. Guess I'm gonna have to rein him in a bit, never thought I'd have to say that with a falcon.
Jerkin on lure
Also my former apprentice, Kent made a pretty nice video from the Oklahoma Falconers Association's Field Meet last month. It was held in Woodward (the location of the NAFA meet next week) and in conjunction with the Woodward outdoor expo. I was not able to be there but I heard it was a good time. Enjoy