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Old 01-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #41 (permalink)
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This something I always wanted to do, but when I lived in Hawaii it was illegal and now that I live in Japan I can't really justify investing into it. However I will note that you can own BALD EAGLES here. I met a guy with one here locally. BLEW MY MIND. I don't know the average price of these Hawks and such but he said his bald eagle cost him 40,000USD.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:38 AM   #42 (permalink)
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That is super cool that he had a hand in the reintroduction. There are so many wild pairs now that in many states, falconers can participate in a wild take of Peregrines.

I have to say, I'm impressed that you, a non falconer, can use (and know the meaning of) the word 'tiercel.' Most people think when you say tiercel or tercel that you are referring to an old crappy car made by Toyota.

Yes, those talons can definitely get you! I've had a fair share of talons pop through 3 layers of leather like it was soft butter, and stab right into my hand. Sucks.

I used to work with non-releasables in an education program, but one of my favorite birds there was a male golden eagle. Here's a pic of me with him (like 6 years ago), but look at the size of his power talon (the innermost, forward facing talons.)

What can I say? I'm well read - though I wasn't positive I was spelling tiercel right.
I am a little offended by you calling the Toyota Tercel crappy though. I learned to drive on one, and you couldn't kill that thing (though I sure did try - I actually got air off a speed bump once) Although it sure didn't get me any girls.
That golden eagle pic is amazing - how much does one weigh? I saw one of a pair chasing a flock of ptarmigan
about 2500 m up a mountain a few years back. Pretty cool to watch, though it didn't get one.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:52 AM   #43 (permalink)
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This something I always wanted to do, but when I lived in Hawaii it was illegal and now that I live in Japan I can't really justify investing into it. However I will note that you can own BALD EAGLES here. I met a guy with one here locally. BLEW MY MIND. I don't know the average price of these Hawks and such but he said his bald eagle cost him 40,000USD.
I know a guy that practiced in Japan for years before moving here. I actually wouldn't want a Bald. I've worked with them in the past and all I can say about them is they are dirty, loud, obnoxious and I doubt they make good hunters. In the wild, while they do catch fish, they are much more likely to rob other birds instead. Definitely wouldn't pay 40K for one! For half that, you could get a Siberian goshawk (google one, pretty!) and those can get the job done!

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What can I say? I'm well read - though I wasn't positive I was spelling tiercel right.
I am a little offended by you calling the Toyota Tercel crappy though. I learned to drive on one, and you couldn't kill that thing (though I sure did try - I actually got air off a speed bump once) Although it sure didn't get me any girls.
That golden eagle pic is amazing - how much does one weigh? I saw one of a pair chasing a flock of ptarmigan
about 2500 m up a mountain a few years back. Pretty cool to watch, though it didn't get one.
My first car was a tercel, and it was crap. Went through carburetors like they were potato chips.

The Golden in the picture is a male and weighed between 7.5 and 8.5 pounds depending on the time of year. I briefly worked with a female that would top out at 15 pounds in the winter. Doesn't sound like much, but try holding a bowling ball on the end of your arm, and then imagine it jumping around... Heavy! That would be sick to see one chasing ptarmigan! Those eagles can eat up ground pretty fast!
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:49 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Thought you would enjoy this.

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That is seriously one of the coolest hobbies ever! Too bad you can't put a gopro on one haha where do you keep them?
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That is seriously one of the coolest hobbies ever! Too bad you can't put a gopro on one haha where do you keep them?
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The hawk is sooooooo awesome.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Oops, I saw the wing in the still so I thought it was a video just filming one fly!
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Yikes. The one with the Gull is a tad messed up. I would hope that if that Peregrine was a falconer's bird, they would have gotten in there to dispatch it...if that pic is real and not photoshopped, that gull likely died pretty soon after.

The backpack cam on that peregrine is pretty cool, but that bird isn't going nearly as fast as it could be if it was really after something. It's incredible the speed they produce, easily pulling upwards of like 19 Gs. You can actually hear the whistling from the speed of the stoop. Pretty freaking awesome.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:29 PM   #50 (permalink)
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I can't believe I spent the money I saved by switching to State Farm on a new snowboard setup!

I could've got a falcon!!!
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