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    He's just fat. The trickiest thing with imprints...

    He's just fat. The trickiest thing with imprints IMO is learning when to slowly reduce weight right when subtle signs of imminent withdrawal is about to occur. I would just avoid picking him up until...
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    Harry McElroy's outline in his Desert Hawking...

    Harry McElroy's outline in his Desert Hawking series has some good options for someone who doesn't want to live with an eyas in the house, and he transitions to the mews rather quickly.
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    Sounds like the bird thinks it's too hungry to...

    Sounds like the bird thinks it's too hungry to me. It doesn't matter what her keel feels like, if she has instant response, is well-manned, and is biting (or footing) the bare hand, a bird is usually...
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    There is a lot of confusion in this thread, which...

    There is a lot of confusion in this thread, which is common, because behaviorism is not clear-cut and easy. Mark did a great summarization.

    There are a couple of things that I want to add to help...
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    Just a couple of notes here on Jimmy's post. ...

    Just a couple of notes here on Jimmy's post.

    First, I think when he refers to "habituating" and "habituation," he mean "conditioning." Habituation is a classical conditioning phenomenon that...
  6. John, I agree that there are behaviors that...

    John,

    I agree that there are behaviors that are VERY difficult to condition/ extinguish if the bird has had previous history in captivity with other falconers. Believe me, I've worked with more...
  7. Ryan, Thanks for your thoughts-- they...

    Ryan,

    Thanks for your thoughts-- they concisely conveyed exactly what I'm trying to express.

    Just to clarify, IMO, mantling is learned. Behaviorists will tell you that everything other than...
  8. ::Sigh:: Okay, I'm going to take a bit of my...

    ::Sigh::

    Okay, I'm going to take a bit of my own advice after this one and ignore ridiculous remarks and questions. Number of hawks trained is of absolutely no relevance when it comes to applying...
  9. Bill, as you requested, here's some feedback on...

    Bill, as you requested, here's some feedback on your article. Please don't mistake the clinical tone of it as anything other than constructive. I can see what you are exploring, and it's really...
  10. Hi again David, I wouldn't be concerned with a...

    Hi again David,

    I wouldn't be concerned with a peregrine mantling in this circumstance since it isn't mantling away from me. When I say hawks shouldn't mantle, I'm specifically referring to the...
  11. Hi David, See post #33. Thanks,

    Hi David,

    See post #33.

    Thanks,
  12. Not long ago, I set a trap under three...

    [/QUOTE]Not long ago, I set a trap under three passage Cooper's (sore hawks). One of them came down to the trap with gerbils in it and didn't quite know what to do with these mammals. They probably...
  13. Bill and David, Yep, it's true that I...

    Bill and David,

    Yep, it's true that I certainly like to analyze things to the nth degree. I wish I was the kind of falconer who could relax a bit, but it's just not me. My perspective isn't for...
  14. Hi Maureen, A common misconception is that a...

    Hi Maureen,

    A common misconception is that a falconer can choose to "use" operant conditioning or not. Every interaction you have with an animal-- human, dog, hawk, etc.-- uses some component of...
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    Wow-- am I reading correctly that a general or...

    Wow-- am I reading correctly that a general or master class falconer can fly haggards when these regs are passed? I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't be at least a bit tempted to try an blue...
  16. Thoughts on Imprints and Imprinting Hi all, ...

    Thoughts on Imprints and Imprinting

    Hi all,

    I've been incredibly busy-- sorry about abandoning this thread for the last few days! I thought I'd share some thoughts on imprinting.

    First, let...
  17. Gotta run, Fred, but before I do, keep in mind...

    Gotta run, Fred, but before I do, keep in mind that this stuff does NOT apply to imprints. The goal with them is to expose them to as many stimuli as possible before the fear response develops. More...
  18. Now this is a constructive question. There's a...

    Now this is a constructive question. There's a way of analyzing behavior called the Premack Principle that can start to explain elements of this question. In regards to reinforcement, the Premack...
  19. What some of you are focusing on leads me to...

    What some of you are focusing on leads me to question whether some readers don't have the attention span to read my posts closely enough, have poor reading comprehension, or just don't like what I'm...
  20. Ryan VZ, Thanks for the accolades! That...

    Ryan VZ,

    Thanks for the accolades! That Martial Eagle was a challenge-- especially because he was screwed around with so much before he came to us. While never a perfect dream bird, he did turn...
  21. Okay, here are some random snippets of real...

    Okay, here are some random snippets of real science-- no opinions. I took these out of the PowerPoint presentation I've given on animal behavior at various zoos. I've given some examples to relate...
  22. Hi Axel, I've used all sorts of tricks to get...

    Hi Axel,

    I've used all sorts of tricks to get a bird to take the first "leap of faith." Like you, I use a big piece of meat to try and coax them early on, and then use tidbits once jumping to the...
  23. Jeff, I never said it was the norm, but it does...

    Jeff, I never said it was the norm, but it does happen quite a bit. "Plan a" is extreme, yes, but there are variations thereof that all contain the same elements to a degree. I've directly witnessed...
  24. Sorry for starting this thread and not being to...

    Sorry for starting this thread and not being to keep up on it as often as I'd like. it is getting difficult to field questions without writing a book, but again, I'll try to keep as concise as...
  25. Whoa boy, I'm going to try my best to keep up...

    Whoa boy, I'm going to try my best to keep up with this topic. If I don't reply for a day or so, I'll catch up.

    Bill, I'm going to try to address your post without cluttering it up by directly...
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