Game Birds and Wild Fowl, Their Friends and Their Foes by Arthur Edward Knox

Game Birds and Wild Fowl, Their Friends and Their Foes

byArthur Edward Knox

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. " Therefore I think my eagle is so justly styled Jove's servant in ordinary: and that very falcon that I am now going to see deserves no meaner a title."--Izaak Walton. Falconry--Youthful Attempts in the 'Noble Art'--Heron Hawking--The Look-out--The Chace--An Irish Bog--Fabulous Errors--Magpie Hawking--Colonel Bonham's Hawking Experiences--Scardroy--Peregrine Falcons--Grouse Hawking--Russian Setters--The Goshawk compared with the Peregrine--Their respective Merits--How does the Falcon strike her Quarry?--Woodcock Hawking--Convincing Fact--Anecdote--The Falcon's last Flight--'Falcon' and 'Tiercel'--Wild Duck, Blackcock, and Ptarmigan Hawking--' Playing' the Hawks--The Falcon at Sea--Recognition and Recovery. My experience with trained falcons has been comparatively slight, although when quite a lad I succeeded in reclaiming the peregrine and the merlin. The field of my operations was in a remote part of the West of Ireland, where a great extent of preserved mountain and moorland afforded abundance of quarry, and plenty of elbow-room for the experiment; but the result never equalled my hopes. Just, perhaps, as one FALCONRY--YOUTHFUL ATTEMPTS. 153 of my most promising hawks would have nearly completed its course of instruction, an absence of some months would break the tender tie, and on my return I had generally the mortification of finding either that she had perished from neglect or improper food, or that her feathers were in such a state as to render her useless in the field until another moult had taken place. Yet in justice to these juvenile attempts I must add that my proceedings were conducted on the most orthodox system. There was no lack of blackletter authority. Sundry rare and valuable treatises on ' the noble art of falconrie' had fa...

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Title:Game Birds and Wild Fowl, Their Friends and Their FoesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217836720

ISBN - 13:9780217836722

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