I just wanted to post this to clear a few things up. I do appreciate
the few who agreed to help me, though I noticed you didnt post in the
group, I understand. Im just going to post a few facts about falconry
to hopefully quell a few fears. I am very new at the sport, so I am
not the most qualified.
1. It is VERY regulated. Getting a liscense requires a written test,
thousands of dollars of equipment, constant inspections of the
housing and the bird itself, as well as being an apprentice for two
years. Beleive me, no one gets a license without being very concerned
for the welfare of Birds of Prey.
2. These birds are kept in better condition than any zoo. They
require a large indoor area to escape weather and to spend the molt
as well as a large outdoor area in wich to fly free. They are also
flown totally free, outside, with no leashes or fences, everyday for
hours at a time. Thier hunting skills are also well honed. Ask any
falconer and you will get the same response, "The best sign of a good
falconer is the health of his bird."
3. Mortality. There is a reason that only young birds may be taken
from the wild. nearly 70% of juvenile RT Hawks never make it through
thier first year. In falconry, that mortality rate is 4.7%.
Considering the fact that only one bird may be taken per year, only
one bird may be kept at any one time and that there are only a
handful of falconers in the US, the sports impact on these birds is
4. Morality. I totally understand some of your negative views. We all
have our own opinions. But consider this. Most research done on Birds
of Prey is done by Falconers or supported by falconers. Thanks to
this 4000 year old sport, we have greatly increased our knowledge of
Diurnal Birds of Prey. Most Falconers work with raptor rehab programs
and are staunch conservationists. Disargeeing with the sport is one
thing. I disagree with commercial fishing. But calling it immoral is
a slap in the face to alot of people who have spent years improving
the life of Birds of Prey and helping protect the habitat of all
I dont want to be considered a flamer, so Im not going to respond
anymore to the topic. I really like the group and enjoy reading about
the different birds native to the area. Im not an avid bird watcher,
but I do spend a great deal of time watching Raptors. If anyone is
interested in watching Osprey fish here in Pensacola, let me know and
I would be happy to take you to the Navy base some morning!
Thanks and forgive the spelling!