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Ron Clarke
09-16-2009, 06:51 PM
Home defense, goshawk style. This is what motorcycle helmets are really for. Photo by Sabra McCracken.


http://i983.photobucket.com/albums/ae318/RonClarke/Cort-and-Gos-1981-Lo.jpg


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idbirdman
09-16-2009, 06:56 PM
That is an AWESOME picture. I've been there. Not so much fun, but good thing you have the helmet. Thanks for sharing. Stephen

Chris L.
09-16-2009, 06:57 PM
Ron

Great picture. Is that you?? Looks like a fun time ;)..


Thank you for posting it

Saluqi
09-16-2009, 07:12 PM
Awesome shot! That gos looks seriously PO'd! Did you pull an eyass?

Ron Clarke
09-16-2009, 07:20 PM
No, it's not me. The lucky guy in the tree is a grad school colleague named Cort Zachel. The padded canvas coat and the helmet got a lot of use through the course of his study. The cleverer birds would bounce off once or twice, sit back and watch for a while, and then go around and launch an attack from the other direction -- they seemed to be going for the little bit of bare skin between the ends of the sleeves and the beginnings of the gloves, and Cort has the scars to show for it. It can be hard to remember, but whatever the bird does to you won't be nearly as bad as what happens if you get distracted and let go up there. Good fun.

Ron

Shortwingn
09-16-2009, 08:39 PM
I noticed he was not croched in. Still it looks like you couldnt shoot him out of that tree.

Ross
09-16-2009, 10:48 PM
Reminds me of a story. I pulled a young gos from a nest with a VERY protective mother with my friend Tom along. The next year Tom returned to the area with a young falconer. Tom encouraged the young falconer to climb the tree. Concerned young falconer asks Tom about the risk of being injured. Tom assures him that he was not hit once at this tree. Young falconer climbs the tree and takes a beating.
Young falconer gets down and says to Tom "I thought she never hit you once!"
Tom simply says "Ross climbed this tree"

keithtsoar
09-16-2009, 11:05 PM
I have a old vhs video of my sponser climbing a gos nest. He was wearing a full faced motorcycle helmet, and a leather jacket.The gos came in and hit him right in the front of the helmet. It snapped his head back and he was out for the count. The spurs came out of the tree, and he was just hanging in the harnes against the tree 50 feet up. He was out for a good 30 seconds or so. When he was waking up it looked like he was trying to kick start a Harley as he tried to get the spurs back in.

Lowachi
09-17-2009, 12:38 AM
Home defense, goshawk style. This is what motorcycle helmets are really for. Photo by Sabra McCracken.


http://i983.photobucket.com/albums/ae318/RonClarke/Cort-and-Gos-1981-Lo.jpg


http://www.nafex.net/%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i983.photobucket.com/albums/ae318/RonClarke/Cort-and-Gos-1981-Lo.jpg%5B/IMG%5D

Looks like one o' them thar tree hugger types, Zeke! Let's git 'im!!:D

Ron Clarke
09-17-2009, 11:34 AM
Awesome shot! That gos looks seriously PO'd! Did you pull an eyass?

Nope, we left them all in place after weighing, measuring and banding as part of Cort's MS research. I was flying a female gos and a tiercel gyr at the time and didn't need anything more.

Ron

james morrisontoxic2
02-05-2010, 05:14 PM
good pic mate