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cobus
04-19-2011, 10:50 PM
Thought u might like this.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/_MG_0286-1.jpg
Coming in
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http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/_MG_0295.jpg

Dirthawking
04-19-2011, 11:03 PM
Very nice.

harrishawk_79
04-19-2011, 11:09 PM
great pics thank you for sharing

schwartze
04-20-2011, 12:21 AM
I was staring at the first photo, perplexed by "something unusual" about that prairie chicken, then had the sense to look and see that you are from South Africa! Very nice shots, handsome hybrid, and beautiful dogs. Is that a francolin of some sort?

Regards,

Steve

sharptail
04-20-2011, 12:33 AM
Great sequense Cobus! It looks like SA falconry is heating up just in time for the moult here. It should keep us entertained until our season rolls around!

cobus
04-20-2011, 12:54 AM
Yes Steve its a Orangeriver Francolin. The two pointers are sisters. The front one is mine. This was taken last year. Season only just started here. He is a Gyr/Saker/Peregrine. The puppies mother was importe from the US.

Pedioecetes
04-20-2011, 02:33 AM
Hi Cobus,
Nice stuff. We need to see a shot of the falcon on the francolin! Also need you guys to keep us involved in your falconry while we molt.

corny13
04-20-2011, 09:12 AM
Sweet....thanks for sharing..

cobus
04-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Thanks for all the compliments guys will try and keep u posted.

cobus
04-20-2011, 11:00 AM
Thanks for all the compliments guys will try and keep u posted. Here's one of my puppy when she was about two or so months old.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/3.jpg

JRedig
04-20-2011, 01:16 PM
Great sequence, thanks!

Ross
04-20-2011, 02:41 PM
Great sequence. I too would enjoy an active thread orseveral from the southern hemisphere to help me get through "molt withdrawl"

Yeomanfalconer
04-20-2011, 04:43 PM
Why that looks like a chicken taken in a Kansas field.

hawkguy1
04-20-2011, 05:11 PM
awsome pics!

cobus
04-22-2011, 02:46 AM
My first kill for the season. Its a Whitefaced or Whistling duc.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDIxLTAwMDMxLmpwZw.jpg
Very happy camper.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTEwNDIxLTAwMDM2LmpwZw.jpg

idbirdman
04-22-2011, 02:53 AM
Very COOL!. What lines are your dogs and who made them?
Stephen

cobus
04-26-2011, 12:31 PM
Flew on the kite yesterday because of work. Paid off. My second kill for the season. This is aYellowbilled Duck. They interbreed with your Mallards though much smaller. The drakes weigh about 1000g. I battled for two years for him to take duck. Looks like I have finally won the battle. Hold thumbs for me. He flies at 660g.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI2LTAwMDYyLmpwZw.jpg
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI2LTAwMDYxLmpwZw.jpg

AK Rev
04-26-2011, 12:45 PM
Very nice. Looking forward to more photos and hunt reports.

I regret not having the time to meet local falconers when I was in Zimbabwe a few years ago. There were so many birds I couldn't identify in Africa. Too cool.

cobus
04-28-2011, 02:11 PM
Ok went out today and got another duck. It weighed in at 1040T. Now what makes this so special is that I've been trying for two years to take duck with Billy. Looks like it all paid off in the end. Amazing flight. He mounted to 250m. I flushed and stooped wacking it on the wing. By the time I got to them the duck had no head. Did it like a pro. I'm extatic.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI4LTAwMDcxLmpwZw.jpg
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI4LTAwMDczLmpwZw.jpg

cobus
04-30-2011, 09:39 PM
Got me another one today. This makes four in a row. This he caught close to us so I managed to release it again. Think I'll try some partridge tomorrow.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTEwNDMwLTAwMDc2LmpwZw.jpg

sharptail
04-30-2011, 11:32 PM
It looks like you have got some good help there Cobus!

Pedioecetes
05-01-2011, 12:47 AM
Hi Cobus,
Nice pics. Make sure you send pics on the partridge/francolin kills that let us see what they look like. The Yellowbills look like one of the Mallard group. I wish I had come to South Africa when my sister lived there, she loved it there and said many times that if I'd ever come I'd never have left. One never knows!

Show us some of the land and ponds too, the background behind your pictures looks great.

cobus
05-01-2011, 01:27 AM
That's the other halve Jeff. Can only get her going out if the bribe is big enough.
Bob this was taken after the kill having a beer. All the shots r from my phone. Will take the big camera with next time. Still time to visit here!!!
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDMwLTAwMDc4LmpwZw.jpg

Ross
05-01-2011, 07:38 AM
Great stuff, Love the sunset picture. Glad to have an active falconry thread while my birds are molting.

cobus
05-01-2011, 08:40 AM
I'll post as long as there is response Ross. On my way to fly now. Its 1500h here. Hopefully I'll have something for you guys.

cobus
05-02-2011, 02:36 PM
Ok things just came together today. Won't bore u with another pic of a duck. This was my best flight from Billy I've ever seen. Mounted over the dam but while still climbing at 400ft he saw something in the distance and started going. I had t turn him so yelled. That spooked the duck on the dam and I was still on the wrong side. There's a river running next to it. He put in multiple stoops at the but kept making it to the water. Then he hit one so hard we heard it 200m away. It must have fell in the river he just kept going. Then one broke off over the field and he put in a 45 angle stoop. Wacked it. That makes 5 duck 5 flights. For a bird that refused them for two years I think its amazing. Something switched on.
Bob this is the dam. Looks a bit smaller than it really is.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/IMG-20110502-00097.jpg
And an immature African tiercel.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/IMG-20110502-00099.jpg

jfseaman
05-02-2011, 04:22 PM
Good on ya and Billy. Last one is my kind of flight, multiple stoops and staying with it until you get something.clapp

cobus
05-02-2011, 04:42 PM
He surprised me tonight really working and herding them like a pro. I fed him till he fell off the carcass. Won't be feeding him for at least three days. I find he likes to fly hard eat and rest a day. Used to fly my Lanners like that. That's why his sister is on her way here. Least I could fly every day. She is my next challenge. 5 years old and been flown by two other falconers who gave up. I know I'm a sucker but do like these challenges.

cllhawker
05-02-2011, 07:34 PM
Flew on the kite yesterday because of work. Paid off. My second kill for the season. This is aYellowbilled Duck. They interbreed with your Mallards though much smaller. The drakes weigh about 1000g. I battled for two years for him to take duck. Looks like I have finally won the battle. Hold thumbs for me. He flies at 660g.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI2LTAwMDYyLmpwZw.jpg
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BQmxvZW1mb250ZWluLTIwMTEwNDI2LTAwMDYxLmpwZw.jpg

Is this duck a baggie? if not, then i was wondering why this duck has primary flights just beggening to emerge? a flightless duck isnt game....

cobus
05-02-2011, 07:59 PM
Good spotting there Cody. If you read the post you will notice how I battled for two years for him to take any. I've given him baggies which he took but no interest in wild ones. This was not a baggie but flew 200y or so before getting caught. At that point I could care less if it was sporting or not. Read post 19 and after that he took a fullgrown mama duck. Today I had multiple stoops that ended in another drake hit falling in the water and a mama ending as food. Did that young duck teach him something? I think so it served a purpose. I post the pics as he kills and not hiding anything. If this offends the readers I will close it. Hope this explains things.

sharptail
05-03-2011, 12:49 AM
Is that a passage tiercel peregrine? Don't even think about closing this thread!

cobus
05-03-2011, 01:15 AM
That is one that was taken from the eayrie for new blood. He was raised then penreared by foster parents and hacked. He is very aggressive and flies well. Unfortunately he hit something and lost a toe. It doesn't seem to bother him though. Very early days stil but he flies high and wide to get height. Just the way I like it. He is being flown by my ex appy.

cobus
05-03-2011, 01:30 AM
As for closing the thread Jeff. We've had too much rain here. Our seasons are up to no good. Most of our ducks and even gamebirds have bred twice. We r in season with a lot of young birds around. I'll have a talk to Billy next time I bump a young one and he kills it. He knows he is not supposed to.

TOM JERRY
05-03-2011, 04:11 AM
Hi Kobus
I've been following the longwing section and missed this whole thread, well done on your endeavours. Billys' ducklight is certainly on.
Cheers
Anton

cobus
05-03-2011, 07:37 AM
Thanks Anton. Had Francois with me yesterday. He was impressed and that says a lot. Fed him so much I think I'll have to not feed him for a week. Lol.

bobpayne
05-03-2011, 08:43 AM
Great stuff thanks so much for sharing!

cobus
05-04-2011, 02:40 PM
Sorry no pics tonight but wow what a flight. Decided to try and flush one or two duck only. Thought he might be getting selective. That was the plan anyway. Lol. As he left my fist u could see he is all business. Mounted directly above the dam. I waited it out. Normally I would have flushed by now as was pretty high. Luckily I had in my opinion the most experienced duck hawker in the country with me. We waited some more. He specked out. I don't like saying how high in ft. One mans is not always the same as the others. He was high. We flushed and he came stooping down. Got there but the duck made it to water. Throw up and remounting. Not lying he was way out of position but mounting even higher. I lost sight of him. Pulled out the reciever and got signal but all over the place. Then I hear my mate flushing and saw a lone Whistling Duck making for the pond. I yelled and it shot over. Then I see Billy behind it but he was coming from the other direction he was mounting. Just bound to the duck. Kill. That makes it seven for seven. Talking to my friend he saw it all. Billy was mountin way out when this duck tried to come in. He stopped it from so far out of position I never thought he would make it. He is still far from a duck hawk but just shows u what a bit off luck can do. I am so proud of him. He had in him all time I just didn't know how to channel it.

sharptail
05-04-2011, 03:37 PM
7 for 7 sounds like a duck hawk to me! Dotted out in a clear sky means high to me!

AK Rev
05-04-2011, 03:44 PM
Keep posting! It's the only hunting action we've got in the Northern Hemisphere. Congrats on 7 for 7! Like you said, the switch has been turned on. Any chance someone could run a video camera?

cobus
05-04-2011, 03:46 PM
Thanks Jeff. I only know four measurements. High, very high, f--n high. And gone. I'm also going blind. Lol. Used to thermal Lanners. I have footage of a verticall stoop of 16 counts on the cameras counter. Now that is really high.

cobus
05-04-2011, 03:55 PM
Sorry Bryon no videos. Someone on this forum is flying a once intermewed Peregrine and some (other bird). He said he will join in the posts. It should be interesting. His Peregrine is hot. Just like you we crave posts in the off season.

Trebor
05-04-2011, 04:28 PM
Love the pics and the stories keep um coming.

cobus
05-08-2011, 03:29 PM
After so many good flights my hopes was high. Now something is happening. Twice I went out for partridge and he flies around my head. Don't know what's wrong. Another falconer suggested that the water and the sight of duck makes him crazy. Could that be.
Also went out two days ago to the pond with some Arab falconer. Put Billy up to show off. What happens. He flies off the fist and catch a Cattle Egret. Damn

TOM JERRY
05-09-2011, 07:04 AM
After so many good flights my hopes was high. Now something is happening. Twice I went out for partridge and he flies around my head. Don't know what's wrong. Another falconer suggested that the water and the sight of duck makes him crazy. Could that be.
Also went out two days ago to the pond with some Arab falconer. Put Billy up to show off. What happens. He flies off the fist and catch a Cattle Egret. Damn

Hi Cobus
Thats falconry, it keeps you humble.
regards
anton

Chad L.
05-09-2011, 11:07 AM
After so many good flights my hopes was high. Now something is happening. Twice I went out for partridge and he flies around my head. Don't know what's wrong. Another falconer suggested that the water and the sight of duck makes him crazy. Could that be.
Also went out two days ago to the pond with some Arab falconer. Put Billy up to show off. What happens. He flies off the fist and catch a Cattle Egret. Damn

LOL. It seems the best way to ruin what should be a great flight is to bring a guest, or a camera.frus)

AK Rev
05-09-2011, 11:11 AM
Sorry to hear that he seems to be off at the moment. Keep us posted. Maybe someone here can make some recommendations to turn him back on. I'm hopeful you will sort it out!

cobus
05-09-2011, 02:14 PM
A little off topic here. I haven't flown in two days. Was helping a friend track his passage Peregrine. She's only bern flying free a week. Saw her that same night but couldn't get her back. Next morning she just bails out in a direction teaching mach2 in 100m. By the time we catch up with her she was eating a dove. This afternoon same thing. At least tonight she is sleeping in a place we can set up nets easy. Pray for us cause crossing fingers won't help.
I must compliment Marshall. She has a 434 TX on her and boy doesn't matter where she goes we find her. As we speak we have signal from my house to where she's sleeping. Always been using 216 but this is worth looking into. Well hopefully we get her back in the morning. Passage Peregrines r not easy. They r so efficient.

cobus
05-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Not a bad flight today. A week since the last flight. Didn't get a chance with some rain and looking for that wandering Peregrine. We've lost signal now. Reckon she's a gonner. Anyway put Billy up a bit earlier than usual and he flew well climbing nicely. Totally different flight than the last two over the dogs. I think he has figured out he doesn't need a lot of height for partridge. Anyway he must have hooked a thermal. He disappearedfrom sight but out of position. Got the old beeper out but he stayed off to one side. Even flapping a pigeon wouldn't help. He would move to the left then right but never came over. In desperation I started throwing a dead pigeon up and down. Now this is after 20 minutes of him being up there not responding. Another five later and me tossing up and down I suddenly see him coming in low. He must have stooped down levelling out. I put the dead pigeon away and start walking around. He tried flying around my head but I ignored him so he started climbing again. He was working his way back where he came from so I just kept sn eye on him. At about 400ft he suddenly put in a stoop at something far. A duck was coming in for the pond but very far away. He struck it once turned and bound to it. Our first Teal.
Now looking back I don't think he was raking at all. He was waiting for me to flush. I see he is happy to stoop at duck that is far out me thinking its out of reach. If it happens again I'm going to flush and see what happens. So we learn together. Pic of the pond.
http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/Cobus_photos/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTEwNTE0LTAwMTQ1LmpwZw.jpg

murraym
05-16-2011, 10:12 PM
Nice pond Cobus, Billy seems to be making it look easy now. Congratulations! Keep the flights coming its the only excitement I will have falconry wise until I get my new bird going.

cobus
05-17-2011, 12:03 AM
Ok tried again on the same pond today. Think I'll have to fly another this week. The duck r getting too smart. The treeline you see in the background is actually a river with a huge pan behind it. Its too close to the pond. To the left its nice and open and that's where we've been catching them. Now they make a b line for the trees.
Anyhow up goes Billy and at 300ft he is again wide on his way to do same as yesterday. Trying to prevent it I flush. Two Yellowbilled flew out. He ignored them and suddenly headed in a direction climbing with a mission. Looked he chased something. Now this is on the opposite side of the pond where if the duck flush into the clearing on the left he could get them. Only I think he is too far off. Almost as he dissapears from sight he puts in a stoop at something under him. We loose sight. I get out the beeper and get a good signal. Knowing I can never get there in time I slowly walk to the car swearing. Suddenly my eye catch a white thing coming in hard. Then I see the Whistling duck. He strikes it hard on the wing but it recovers and makes the treeline. So in conclusion he did the same as yesterday. Looks like he is telling me something.

cobus
05-18-2011, 03:22 PM
No exciting kills either today but what a flight. I wasn't going to fly today but a friend called and wanted to go out. I weighed Billy and he was 20g higher than i wanted. Being an imprint and since I flew at that weight on partridge I went out anyway. Got to the pond and there were three shovelers on it. He left the fist like normal and headed straight for the same side he has been waiting on the last few days (telling me something)? He got some lift but never set his wings just climbing. We lost sight of him but my friend had him in the binoculars. He reckons at least 2000ft. I waved my hat with no response he was just sitting there stiil climbing. Eventually we lost sight even with binoculars. Out with the beeper again. Signal was just there. I wanted to call it a day but we thought to wait another minute or so. Suddenly we heard a difference in the beep. Someone looked up and there he was just a spec above us. I never saw him. Flushed the duck and he put in a hard stoop or so I hear. Like I said never was him. The duck flew over some cover but quite high. He got to them at full speed but threw out just before them. He could have taken one but instead started remounting. No more duck so I pulled out the lure. Took me a while to coax him down. All in all I'm happy he was afterall overweight and just playing. Friday is another day. He WILL be ready.

cobus
04-02-2012, 12:02 PM
Very sad update on Billy. He died yesterday. I flew him for his second flight this season and he flew like the pro he is. I couldn't produce and he saw some pigeons far off. He stooped and I had to track him. Found him under a pylon shocked dead.
So a nice partnership comes to an end. Damn power lines
Billy I miss you already.

sharptail
04-02-2012, 02:48 PM
So sorry Cobus!

Chad L.
04-02-2012, 02:57 PM
Man that just sucks. I was just getting ready to start following this thread again now that we've hung up the gloves here on the north end of the planet.

Sorry for your loss, Cobus.

cobus
04-02-2012, 03:04 PM
Thanks guys. It really sucks but life goes on. I have his sister which is also an older bird that was hardly flown. Another hand me down u could say. I flew her late last season and she showed some promise. I'll try and have her going and keep u posted as she progresses.

Ross
04-04-2012, 01:40 PM
Sorry to hear about Billy. Really enjoyed your reports and pictures.