Super cool hobby! I've only seen a demonstration once, but wow was it impressive.
And this reminds me of a lil story that happened to my dad a while ago.
He said he was just tending to the garden in the backyard when all of a sudden a bunch of doves that were sitting on the wall in front of him just freaked and starting bolting in different directions. Seconds later he hears a LOUD crack and before he can react one of the doves just goes flying into his shoulder. He just stands there staring at the dove which is squirming on the ground wondering what the hell just happened.
Then all of a sudden a large hawk calmly just swoops in and perches on the wall staring at him. This is when he realizes what just happened. The doves saw the hawk coming in, tried to escape, and the hawk came screaming down from the sky smacking one so hard that it knocked it out cold and barreled straight into my dad's shoulder.
He slowly backs away from the dove that's still just wiggling on the ground. He gets like 15yrds away from it before the hawk hops down, picks up the dove, and flies away with it.
Crazy story that I almost didn't believe, but there were a ton of feathers left in the backyard from the bird impact.
your snowboard must be quite the conversation piece over there in the dark ages
Well, I am nearly 2000 years old.....
To the other posters, I'll upload more pics shortly. Sorry, but I don't think I have video...much cooler to watch in person than through a camera whilst recording.
Anyone that has a well frequented bird feeder or pigeon loft will likely have contact with a Cooper's Hawk. Pigeon fanciers don't care for them much...they are pretty lethal on birds. In the falconry community they go by such monikers like "flying lizard" and "chainsaw with wings".
Ha! I was just going to post that video. The reason we don't put cameras on our birds (other than the fact that it is stupid expensive) is because even the smallest amount of weight can slow them down, and during the hunt, it can be only milliseconds that determine whether you catch your prey, or it gets away. The transmitters they wear are extremely light weight (the one I use weighs 4 grams with battery.)
Most of my pics are on my old laptop, so if I dig that out, I can post more, but here's a few more:
Gyr/Peregrine coming in to the lure:
Sometimes it doesn't go according to plan, and your Falcon decides that sitting and sunning is a better option: