The count down has begun for the "real" opening day of duck season (we have already had a short teal season but that is about worthless for falconry). Daniel met up with me at the training field for some kiting and dog training. As we pulled in there was a couple of Mallards and a handful of Gadwalls on water, good sign for days to come.
Hybrid, Osprey, approaching the lure
Testing the zoom lens of my Cannon T3i with the kite out about 2000'
Bringing it down
Making sure the coast is clear after a buzz by from a Red-Shouldered Hawk and a feral cat jumping out of the grass.
Rehab Prairie Falcon finally progressing well after healing from a broken furcula. Hopefully his release will be in the near future.
Passing by on his way to the kite.
Jake, the German Shorthair, and V both a little startled by the flushing pigeon.
Daniel and Jake with a solid point
Nice hold on the flush
Rangle got in on the action as well, locking up on a couple of dizzied pigeons.
Pigeon/Dog stand off.
V proud of her first attempt at dizzying a pigeon
V and R giving the pigeon a pet before waking it up to fly home.
A good day of training, with the promise of an exciting hunting season just around the corner.