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Practical Falconry [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

James McKay
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1 Mar 2010
In this book the author pays tribute to the long history of falconry and brings the sport of falconry up to the present with the latest equipment and practices. The book covers all aspects of modern falconry from selection of birds to their general day to day husbandry. Equipment, housing, training, the use of ferrets and dogs, first aid and veterinary treatment of hawks are all included. He describes how to achieve success when flying birds in the field and a section on captive breeding is also included.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quiller Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846890292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846890291
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a basic, no nonsense guide by a figure familiar to anyone who regularly visits game fairs where James gives excellent displays with his hawks. Aimed at novices it is essentially about Harris' Hawks - the ideal beginner's bird - and covers most of the key areas. It is particularly good on welfare and feeding, aspects whcih in other books are all to often neglected... anyone who is thinking of taking up falconry will find this a useful primer;. --BASC Shooting and Conservation

With more than 40 years' experience with birds of prey, James McKay is well placed to give expert advice on the sport of falconry and how best to train your birds. It is comprehensive and informative and will appeal to anyone with an interest in this fascinating hobby;. --NFU Countryside

About the Author

James McKay was given his first hawk when he was eleven and since then he has gained extensive practical experience. He is director of the National Hawking School, where over fifty raptors are maintained, bred and trained. The School gives displays throughout the UK and Europe and runs a wide range of raptor related courses. His previous Quiller titles include Ferret Breeding and Complete Guide to Ferrets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant all round book 18 May 2010
This book offers a brilliant all round guide to hawking in a well laid out and easy to read fashion. Excellent step by step guides and supporting images. I have been a falconer for many years now and reading this book has taught me new things, as well as explaining the basics in a logical manner, much better than any book I have read to date. The author is clearly very experienced as both a teacher and a falconer. A must read read for all falconers and one of the best books for beginners available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Customer 5 April 2010
The author is obviously very knowledgeable and experienced. This book is extremely well researched, and presented in a very readable fashion. It contains a vast amount of information that the novice and experienced would find useful. Being a falconer myself I read many such books and find this one to be most informative and a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction to modern falconry 24 July 2010
James McKay is the director of the National Falconry School, based at the Honeybank Centre in Ashover, just outside the Peak District. He is a zoologist and lecturer as well as a falconer and animal trainer. In this book he offers a comprehensive guide to basic hawk care, falconry and its related sport, ferreting. Beginning with a brief history of falconry, he goes on to lay out everything a novice needs to know before acquiring their first bird.

The various equipment necessary for keeping a hawk is discussed, including instructions for building suitable housing and a run-down of the equipment needed to monitor a hawk on a daily basis, as well as advice on choosing vital items such as hoods, perches and swivels. There is information on selecting a bird, outlining the strengths, weaknesses and capabilities of each species, and a very comprehensive guide to manning and training. On top of all this the author offers guidance on how to maintain a bird's health, including nutrition, weight management and simple first aid, and everything the falconer needs to consider before beginning a breeding program. There is also a section devoted to the care and use of ferrets to aid rabbiting excursions (the author has written several books on ferreting which would make ideal companion volumes for a sporting enthusiast). The glossary proved very useful in clarifying certain terms and concepts, providing a handy reference point, and the bibliography and contacts list provide a valuable source of further information.

This is a book that should be on the shelves of any eager beginner and interested enthusiast, as well as being a source of information and reference to more experienced falconers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A present for someone else 16 May 2013
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But he told me it was one of the best books he'd seen on the subject, the pictures were wonderful and he'll use them as reference in his tattoo art.
I think it persuaded him to go handling falcons as well as he appears to have fun every weekend with birds (of the feathered variety, natch)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 2 Mar 2013
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Bought for my nephew who is 12 - who has time for all this - enough to put me off doing feedback
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