Friday, January 7, 2011

First Flight at a Rook

Among other things I'll endeavor at my future English manor home, falconry is top on the list.  Why, when I see a red-tailed hawk in flight Stateside, my heart gets a flutter with anticipation!


From My Country Book by C.F. Tunnicliffe

found at the stunning Once was England...

5 comments:

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

I've long been fascinated by falconry. The barriers to get into the sport are quite onerous. There are all kinds of raptors here; I see a dozen or so every day. In the early morning I can hear very large Greater Horned Owls 'hooting' in the neighbourhood and occasionally they will land on my chimney and hop about. Have you ever read T.H. White's The Goshawk? It's an account of his attempts to tame a hawk. Highly recommended. You've got a lovely blog here.

quintessence said...

What a beautiful illustration - love pen and ink and the elegant concept of falconry. Found you through- well actually I can't remember where, but happy to be here. So excited for your move to Milan - just love that city and look forward to reading about your thoughts and adventures from there!

Daniel-Halifax said...

Admiral Cod- Aren't they great! You'll of course have to come to the manor for a visit. I haven't read the Goshawk but I see there is a beautiful edition by NYRB's which I will absolutely have to get!

Quintessence- Thank you for finding me, however it was. Stay a while! I can't wait for Milan either, although pangs of nervousness ail me!

Vernon said...

The red tailed hawks here in Manhattan have put a nice dent into the rat and pigeon population. Now we need some owls to do the job at night.

My girlfriend walks her caique parrot with orange head in Grammercy Park; it is now necessary to carry an unfurled umbrella for his protection but it is worth it for the job they are doing.

Vern Trotter

Daniel-Halifax said...

They are a thing of beauty! And lucky you and your girlfried, Gramercy Park! I've always wanted to go, even if I have to use and umbrella for protection. Thanks for visiting!