Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
Sadly without access to passage merlins we are unable to realistically pursue larks all winter as they become too strong for the vast majority of captive bred merlins.
Can I ask how much of a significance is the learning curve in sustaining the Merlins willingness to ring.

I have flown a number of passage Merlins & found them very much fixed in employing technique rather than a use of full power much the same as passage accipiters using sneak attacks & refusing more challenging slips.

Are these Merlins you speak of really lacking in power, or are they just wising up to the survival learning curve?