View Full Version : Chinook, 2006 FHH

03-04-2007, 09:16 AM
First pic is my favorite one of her. I have it enlarged and framed on my bedroomwall. I took all pictures myself, except the second.


Shortly after picking her up and a three hour drive.


One of the first times flying free.


Chinook with her first pheasant.



And, thanks to these she can catch stuff like that. Not very clear, but you get the idea.


`Chris L.
03-04-2007, 10:13 AM
Great shots.. Thank you for posting them . She is a pretty HH.

thanks again for posting them

03-04-2007, 10:44 AM
Great Pictures [smilie=eusa_clap.gif] Do you remove the bell after each hunt. The reason I am asking is that it look like the bell flops around and might do some damage. A lot of people are getting away from hunting with jess on. But most of the people not using jess are hunting rabbits and squirrels. Thanks for posting the great picture of your gal.

03-04-2007, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the complements.
If you closely at the bell in the last pic, you will see a cable-tie connecting it to regular looped bewit. I did remove the bell in the early stages after hunting, but now it is permanently attached by a traditional bewit which keeps the bell up and away from the foot.
Well spotted by the way and thanks for bringing it up!

03-04-2007, 12:08 PM
I see you have transmitter on Chinook, thats great. [smilie=banana.gif] Ever think of a tail mount. [smilie=eusa_think.gif] There are pro's and con's in the placement of them. I have alway usesd a tail mount and have never had a problem [smilie=eusa_pray.gif] I fly a RT and they do not range far so I cut off the antenna on my transmitter. The range is cut down as well, but I do not need the range. When in the woods all that power hinders you when trying to find them close up. All I bite and be nasty [smilie=angry5.gif] so I do not want to hinder there foot movement.

03-04-2007, 12:50 PM
Using a transmitter always, even on Harrises(which according to some people don't go that far, so why put one on?) is something my mentor drilled into me from day one. So I never fly without one. I even have it on when the bird's on a creance. Should anything happen and the bird get free, at least she's wearing a transmitter.
I think you owe it to your bird to fly with a transmitter, in order to give you every chance of getting it back should it go walk about. In Europe that's more relevant because of the parent reared birds who may not be able to survive on their own.
About the tailmount, I'm thinking about putting both the transmitter and the bell on the tail. Both to keep the legs free and have a place to put on a tailsheath. But I'm still thinking about that for next season.
At the moment Chinook ignores everything on her legs and her results on quarry don't seem affected so I'm inclined to leave it like this. But as I said, I'm thinking about it.

BTW Chinook just dropped her first secondary, first major feather to go!
She has already moulted a large portion of her back and the chestnut patches on her legs and wings. She's moulting out very black, can't wait till she's finished!

03-04-2007, 04:09 PM
Nice pics. Pretty bird. So tell us how you hunt pheasants with her please.

03-04-2007, 05:54 PM
Isn't it funny, this year is not even over and we are thinking of next year already.

03-05-2007, 01:59 PM
Nice pics. Pretty bird. So tell us how you hunt pheasants with her please.

Thanks, I agree offcourse! I had a look at your website, nice looking Harrisses you have. Would you mind if I used the pic of the immature one for drawing? I like the stance. I would post the result offcourse.

Pheasants around here are mostly hunted with the bird higher in a tree, following on. It can be done from the fist but the highre startingpoint gives the hawk an edge.
This particular phessie was caught by Chinook from a tree. I kicked it up (nearly gave me a heartattack!)and it started to fly off with Chinook in pursuit. She had chased pheasants before and always gave up because they are rather fast. This time she didn't give up and kept flying. The pheasant fizzled out and landed, Chinook then caught it on the ground. Apparently she learned by experience that pheasants have to stop after a while. I gave her as much as she could eat for that pheasant!
Pheasants are quite common around here and we see them more often then rabbits for instance.

03-05-2007, 02:26 PM
Sure, you can use that photo. Thanks for asking! Thanks for the compliments! If you use it, I would like to see what comes of it please.

That is awesome about the phez. Are they native in the Netherlands?

03-05-2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks about the picture. I will post the result on here when I'm done. Could be a while, I'm working on several drawings at the moment.
I've added an example, this is a redtail.

Pheasants are more or less native here. Technically speaking there are exotics here, introduced by the Romans. But that was so long ago, they are viewed as native.


03-05-2007, 03:01 PM
Well wasn't that nice of the Romans! [smilie=eusa_think.gif] I bet you really enjoy hunting them! I will have to look at the pic at home as our work has so many filters on their net that I can't see them.

`Chris L.
03-05-2007, 03:30 PM
Nice looking Rt drawing. If you want to see some great free hand raptor drawings you should look up Steve Hein he is a local falconer in Georgia and does some amazing work. You may get some great idea for your next drawings from him. I am not sure if he has a web site though. Jimmy took a picture of a kestrel he drew.. it is on the forum somewhere.

You did a great job on the RT I look forward to seeing the HH

03-05-2007, 03:46 PM

Here is a link to Steve's bio and there is a small gallery at the bottom of the page too. He is truly talented!

03-05-2007, 04:46 PM
Some real nice paintings. What an eye. I can't even paint my bird traps right.

03-06-2007, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the link.
Wow, I wish I could paint like that. I only draw them and only recently started to use color (just made a male lion I'm really proud of).
I'll post the Harris on here when I'm done. I just printed the pic at high quality to get as much detail on it as possible and I'll see when I can get start on it.
I added some of my drawings to my Fotopic album, for those who would like to see more:

Feel free to browse the gallery, but the drawings are in the top folder called "Tekeningen". That's Dutch for drawings. [smilie=icon_thumright.gif]

03-06-2007, 02:39 PM
I am going to check your site out later. If you want the original print in much great detail, that has been degraded so dial uppers like myself could stand to view it. It is taken in 5mp, so it can be blown up HUGE. Email me at wesleyc6@yahoo.com and I will look for it on my computer at home for you.

Steve lives about 10 miles or less from me and is a good falconer too. A nice guy.

03-15-2007, 01:43 PM
Nice drawing. Birds can be very difficult. Just how much detail to put in to make it believable, but not so much that it drives you crazy. Here is my web site. Click on birds

03-15-2007, 05:43 PM
Very nice art work [smilie=icon_thumright.gif]

03-21-2007, 05:00 PM
Thanks, Ev