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Winter Hunt

By on Feb 2, 2014 in The Hunt | 1 comment

Gregg Hake Hosts Annual Falconry Event in Dahlonega, GA

By on Aug 24, 2013 in Falconry | 0 comments

Gregg Hake is hosting the annual Georgia Falconry Association’s fall picnic on his property in Dahlonega, Georgia. To see some beautiful red-tailed hawks and other birds of prey, be sure to stop by and meet the falconers and other visitors.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about falconry! It’s open to the public. Click here to register for the event: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1344126481?s=16763879 Learn more about falconry: http://www.georgiafalconryassociation.com http://hawkheaven.wordpress.com (Gregg Hake’s blog)...

Fly, Fly, Gracie

By on Apr 20, 2012 in Hawk Talk | 1 comment

My husband recently decided to let Gracie, his first red-tailed hawk, fly free. Only 20% of most hawks in the wild make it to maturity (due to many reasons including disease and poisoning from eating tainted rodents). A hawk that has an opportunity to be with a falconer has a greater chance of surviving when it is released, as it will be stronger and healthier than if it were in the wild.  I had a chance to take a few photos before he released her: My husband has a new hawk now, a male, whose name is Oz. Stay tuned for photos and news about this new addition to our family!

The Nature of Gratitude

By on Mar 31, 2012 in The Writer's Muse | 4 comments

Every once in a while, you come across a person, a book, a quote, a moment with nature, or even an inspiration born of your own heart that reminds you of the simplicity and wonder of life.  I’ve been following a few inspirational bloggers over the past year and am continually amazed at the depth and beauty of humanity that is present in humankind amidst all of the chaos and degradation in the world. There are many shining lights out there and I’m always honored and excited to find them when I do. Today, a fellow blogger released an ebook entitled, “The Courage to Face Ingratitude…and other indignities.”  The ebook, based on a popular series of posts on his blog is an artfully written guide on how to face ingratitude, thanklessness and even hate from others. What do you do when someone doesn’t appreciate you, doesn’t care how their actions...

The Windhover (Falco Tinnunculus)

By on Apr 16, 2011 in Poetry in Nature | 21 comments

I came across this beautiful poem about the Kestrel, which is a small falcon only a little bigger than a Robin. It’s distinctly colorful and when it hunts, it “hovers” in the currents of the wind. It was written by Gerard Hopkins and published in 1918. He admires this remarkable bird of prey alluding that it controls the wind as a man might control a horse. The kestrel then suddenly swoops downwards and “rebuffs the big wind”. The Windhover I caught this morning morning’s minion, kingdom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstasy! Then off, off forth on swing, As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend; the hurl and gliding Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding Stirred for a bird–the achieve of,...

Red-Tail Hawk Spring Photo Shoot

By on Apr 7, 2011 in Photo Gallery | 16 comments

Enjoying a beautiful moment on a cool yet sunny spring day with my husband, two dogs and Gracie. I took a bunch of photos and here are the best of the bunch.

Hawks on the Hunt – A Photographic Story

By on Mar 31, 2011 in The Hunt | 2 comments

On a recent hunting trip in South Georgia, these falconers and their hawks hunted together for squirrels, a common prey for the Red-tailed Hawk. The photos illustrate three different hawks (Gracie, an immature female, Scout, an immature male and Heath). If you look closely at the photos, you will be able to tell a difference in the appearance  – their size and coloring (you also might see a squirrel, racoon and armadillo!). Click on the “expand” button on the bottom right corner to view larger images, then sit back, watch, relax and imagine  you were there… Many thanks go out to Bart, the photographer who braved the forests and took these photos.   I couldn’t resist adding this one by itself – my Husband (above) running after Gracie who has a squirrel in her...

Falcons, Friesians and Fashion – How Sublime!

By on Mar 16, 2011 in The Writer's Muse | 1 comment

It’s well-known in historical texts and artifacts that falconry has been practiced for over 3,000 years and possibly even longer as it pre-dates written records.  Places such as Arabia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Germany and Europe (to name a few), are rich in tales of falconry for sport and hunting.  Even during the time of Marco Polo, there were more than 10,000 falconers (at one time) and their associates participating in this ancient activity.  Here we are circa 2011.  Ages have passed, people have come and gone, the landscape of the world has changed and yet not only is falconry still present, it seems to be resurfacing among the tattered pages of history. Many of the customs have stayed intact (see this interesting post on The Value of Apprenticeship) and many I am sure have changed.  This autumn/winter, falconry will hit the fashion world. Hermès, the classic French luxury...