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mainefalconer
11-03-2010, 03:58 PM
Thought I'd share a few photos with you pic-junkies! I was lucky enough to have lots of fellow falconers visit me at my trapping station last month, and consequently, I've got several photographs of freshly trapped birds in the hand. I don't often have a camera with me when I'm out alone, so it's nice to have a record of some of the birds that came in to my nets this year.

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Ringin' and flingin'
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The view from the blind, as seen by a mantid.
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Here's one to make you wonder....
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Bonus points for anyone who can figure out what's going on here...

mainefalconer
11-03-2010, 04:12 PM
A few more for you....
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Deer, dho-gazzas, bow-nets, and bait birds don't mix!!!

Squirrelhawkin
11-03-2010, 05:03 PM
I'll go for the bonus points,the brown house in the back is getting a new roof and deck? toungeout

Nice pics. My buddy took some nice trapping pics of us this weekend,I'll see if he'll post some.

Your project is all cut out,I just have to get some time to weld it and I'll send it up.

PeteJ
11-03-2010, 05:39 PM
Great Blue Heron freaking out your bait pigeon.

mainefalconer
11-03-2010, 05:50 PM
Pete,...
You're on the right track, but not quite "there."
Good guess though.

conorhawk
11-03-2010, 06:18 PM
Great shots Scott!

Saluqi
11-03-2010, 07:27 PM
Osprey going for the pigeon.

FredFogg
11-03-2010, 07:29 PM
Pelican going for pigeon!

Squirrelhawkin
11-03-2010, 07:47 PM
loon or grebe?

mainefalconer
11-03-2010, 08:06 PM
Okay, let's put this to rest...
Pete J was just about there....
I had a Great Blue Heron come in and look at the pigeon (which happens pretty regularly where I trap) and it just stood there for several minutes, getting closer and closer. When I finally decided to give the lines a pull and "loft" the pigeon, it terrified the heron and he bolted. So the shot shows the heron turning tail and getting ready to leave town.

Nick, I'm thrilled to hear that one of my merlins will soon be perched upon one of your creations. That's great news!

everetkhorton
11-06-2010, 11:20 AM
Scott:
Thanks for posting the great banding bird pictures.

Jared
11-06-2010, 12:41 PM
Cool pics Scott! Thanks

mainefalconer
11-06-2010, 05:04 PM
Not a problem guys... I'm glad you appreciate them. There's almost nothing that I enjoy more than sitting in my blind, trapping migrating raptors. The thought of driving around with a bal-chatri bores me to tears, but my heartbeat quickens at the thought of a northwest wind, and a pigeon in front of the bow-net. It's like fishing from the sky!

Squirrelhawkin
11-06-2010, 05:11 PM
The thought of driving around with a bal-chatri bores me to tears, but my heartbeat quickens at the thought of a northwest wind, and a pigeon in front of the bow-net.
amennn Going out tomorrow looking for a redtail for my buddy. NW at 15 gusting to 25 :D:D:D:D

hawkstir
11-06-2010, 05:16 PM
Scott,

What kind of a blind do you use?
Can you show use a pic of your usual setup?

mainefalconer
11-06-2010, 06:34 PM
Nick,
You had to tell me that, didn't you..... I hadn't looked at the weather forecast. I wasn't even thinking about trapping tomorrow, but I guess I know what I'll be doing. Oh well, there's no hunting on Sundays here in Maine, so I can't fly my birds tomorrow anyway. I guess I have time to sneak into the blind.

Speaking of the blind.... "Hawkstir" was asking what I use. I've done several things in the past. Everything from sitting in the bushes in camo to sitting in a permanent blind bigger than most sheds, on a comfy seat with a heater going. Currently, I've settled on a wooden deck platform that I made, with one of those camo pop-up blinds that you can grab at a Cabela's or someplace similar. I screwed down a shower rod on the front edge of the floor so that when I'm pulling lines, it's nice and smooth and doesn't ruffle the edge of the blind material. I love it. I just put a folding chair in there, and run anywhere from one to three bow-nets with pigeons and/or starlings. (either in harnesses or on a "surgical" arrangement) In the early season, I'll put out a few dho-gazzas or a mist net behind my main pigeon and in front of a starling rig, so that I can catch merlins, sharpies, etc..

For those of you who may not already know this.....
Starlings are GOLD to a trapper. Get a good supply of starlings early on in the season. Anything that comes in from a distance to check out your pigeon, but then pulls up and hesitates will almost ALWAYS wing over and bind to a starling when you give it a flick. And some things (adult RT's, harriers, & peregrines in particular just CAN'T resist a starling.

hawkstir
11-06-2010, 07:19 PM
Thanks Scott. I have a pop up blind but it's really floppy in the wind.

mainefalconer
11-06-2010, 08:20 PM
Yeah Fred... I hear you there. Luckily, the pop-up blind that I'm using has great, woven loops at the bottom corners that were intended to hold tent stakes. When I built the platform that I erect the blind on, I just put drywall screws sticking out the side about an inch at a 90 degree angle, and I pull those loops down tight and hook them over the screws. That keeps the blind in place for those great 25mph NW wind days that we all dream of......

Squirrelhawkin
11-08-2010, 08:18 AM
Scott,Did ya get out trapping yesterday? We had a nice NNW blowing at about 20-25 all morning. Not a cloud in the sky though,our best days are NW and half the sky big cumulus clouds. We got a late start and were finaly set up at around 9:30. I was in the blind setting up the pigeon lines in the eyebolt board and John and Don were putting a pigeon in the harness.They got in the blinds and I wanted to check the lines and gave the pigeon a flash,one more and boom,we had a juvie redtail in the net.I told Don now and he pulled the trigger line,nothing. He really yarded back on it this time and flipped backwards off of his chair!LOL!!!:D "Someone" forgot to make sure the trigger line was hooked up!:eek: I started yelling the usual "if you just wanted to look at them,we could have done that at home"," Doesn't matter to me if you get one,I've got a bird in my mews already",etc. Fixed the little problem and saw nothing for the next hour but haggards and an eagle.John spotted a juvie kiting up behind us. I flashed the pigeon twice and he said "put him in the net,she's coming" Ended up being a nice 42.25oz female with nice thick legs and feet.Don wanted a squirrel bird and said she looked great,so we packed up and headed home.(I really think those guys were just cold and wanted to get out of there,I would have stayed all day);)toungeout
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mainefalconer
11-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Good going guys! Yeah, the weather was great for it yesterday. We had more cloud cover up here than you did, but the birds were moving. Unfortunately, I was too busy with a bunch of nonsense and wasn't able to get out. My apprentice ran my station for the morning and caught some hawks. I wish I'd gotten out in the afternoon. It would have been a good redtail day....