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    They arrived here in April, so it would have been...

    They arrived here in April, so it would have been March when it all took place. Many of them were in family groups with young that were already flying around.
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    Baks, Currently the process for us on our end is...

    Baks, Currently the process for us on our end is brutal. It can be done but its all about meeting deadlines and such for the permits. Nice of you to offer though. The friend that was our point man in...
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    Hi Bak, Yes a biologist here, although retired...

    Hi Bak, Yes a biologist here, although retired now. Just flying birds and breeding some unusual ones here and there. And yes, the Black Spar is the one that can be a bit difficult. The truth is none...
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    Hi Baks. You have several quite qualified raptors...

    Hi Baks. You have several quite qualified raptors available there. One that is common enough and also quite useful for many common quarries such pigeons, doves, francolins (if not the larger ones),...
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    Sometimes it becomes necessary to do the up and...

    Sometimes it becomes necessary to do the up and down on the weight to overcome particular issues. So when you had dropped him 120 that time to get him to do the lure I think it was, then you were...
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    Two things that I can think of bring about this...

    Two things that I can think of bring about this scenario. 1.) Development of the individual raptor, i.e. imprint or parent reared, will effect their level of wariness. Imprints usually are aggressive...
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    For a time it will be part of his existence. He...

    For a time it will be part of his existence. He can't help it much, they are birds of the trees and to keep in contact with each other they call out. As his weight and confidence increase he should...
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    If you do use a sparrow, make sure you have it...

    If you do use a sparrow, make sure you have it well secured so that you can control his carrying attempt. I know how this can go, they are quite adept at trying to carry off small stuff, like chunks...
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    For quarries such as the Myna (and Starlings for...

    For quarries such as the Myna (and Starlings for that matter), they both fight hard with beak and feet and can put off a young inexperienced bird. Often when using them as a bags it can be prudent to...
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    I never quite understood how that could be...

    I never quite understood how that could be accomplished. I guess snap the bird in and let it feed. But what if there is weather suddenly approaching or something or someone else? A stray dog?
    What...
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    Good to hear he's making the connection. It can...

    Good to hear he's making the connection. It can take a while it seems for them to come to recognize the lure if its moving. Once they do though, look out because they will be all over it from then...
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    A couple of things to keep in mind I suppose....

    A couple of things to keep in mind I suppose. Hawks are not falcons. They think completely different. In many ways I have felt that they are much smarter and quicker to pick up the subtleties of our...
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    I have done this in the past with Merlins. Swing...

    I have done this in the past with Merlins. Swing the lure and as he starts coming, draw the lure string through your gloved hand and have the lure on your fist when he is coming in very close. Let...
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    Some people make a simple bow net using fish net...

    Some people make a simple bow net using fish net small enough to keep sparrows and such from getting out. Then they put out seed in the garden by the net and wait until a good number are there and...
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    It depends a great deal on how much you lean on...

    It depends a great deal on how much you lean on his weight further down the line. Most people seem to feel the need to really get after their hawks (more so than falcons) early on. But in the wild,...
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    What I usually do is pick them up off the lure...

    What I usually do is pick them up off the lure before they have eaten much, with food on the glove. You can also pick up the lure with them on it, and then sort of transfer them off to a piece you...
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    I haven't tied mine yet and I expect the same...

    I haven't tied mine yet and I expect the same thing. Its just what they do. Its probably about the worst time to have with them as it seems so traumatic to us, and probably to them as well. But they...
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    Most coturnix quail should look pretty dark like...

    Most coturnix quail should look pretty dark like that since the species throughout a good portion of its very wide range is migratory. You can't migrate with white meat. Its only the ones that are...
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    Also, on the age of your bird? I think Sharpies...

    Also, on the age of your bird? I think Sharpies fledge at like 25 days or slightly more. So, since the Shikra is a bit bigger bird for sure (more like Coop size right?), I would say that bird is...
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    One way is to take the bird to the food. In other...

    One way is to take the bird to the food. In other words, have the lure already with food on it someplace else...such as a yard table or chair or on the lawn. Then, go get the bird from the perch,...
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    I was going by the color of the meat in the bowl...

    I was going by the color of the meat in the bowl in the photo of his bird in the imprint tank. It looked pink, not red, not white, but pink. That's what tipped me off and brought this aspect to the...
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    What are you feeding it? The smaller the hawk or...

    What are you feeding it? The smaller the hawk or falcon the more important it is for quality nutrition. Now I know that Shikras are normally a little less particular about their food quality than a...
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    If you've been feeding him on the plate, you can...

    If you've been feeding him on the plate, you can try using a smaller and smaller version of the plate and attach it to the lure. If you're around quite often during the day, the food in front of them...
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    They do seem to have a vastly superior feather...

    They do seem to have a vastly superior feather construction as adults, and plus they seem to handle them with better discretion. So chances are quite good the tail will end up intact at the end of...
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    Welcome aboard Jon!:-)

    Welcome aboard Jon!:-)
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