Large birds have always amazed me. As a child I would gaze up at the sky wishing I could soar like a bird and fly wherever my wings took me. I wondered what the world looked like to birds and what they thought of us as they looked down at us. Did they see us as small creatures down below? Did they feel smarter than us because we had to stay on the ground or build planes to go in the air. Because large birds always had my interest I got interested in falconry.
My uncle taught me some about training animals as I grew up. He taught me about falconry as well. Though he doesn’t participate in falconry or hunting either, we both see it as pretty neat. Falcons and other large birds are taught to spot animals during hunting trips so the people can find the prey better. The idea of birds working with people and helping us out is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to speak to animals, especially birds and see what they see. Falconry is kind of a way to see what the birds see. They spot the prey for you. Whoever thought of falconry is pretty genius. I’ve always imagined the type of man to participate in falconry as a wise, street smart man. He’d have to be in tune with nature and strong. In order to know where his hawk is spotting the prey he’d need to know the land and be smart enough to know how to get where the prey is. Stealth is the key to falconry.