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Understanding the Bird of Prey


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Table of Contents

Structure and Function; Managing a Breeding Program; Equipment and Facilities; Development and Behaviour; Training and Conditioning; Hunting Strategies of Wild Raptors; Hawking in the Field; Raptors and Man; Index.

About the Author

Nick Fox was born and raised a country boy. A raptor Biologist by profession, he is Director of Falcon Management and Research for the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency in Abu Dhabi8. This include managing research teams in Central Asia and running the breeding facility in the UK. He founded the Middle East Falcon Research Group in 1994 to pull together veterinarians and biologists working on falconry issues in the Middle East. He is also Scientific Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group on hunting and specialist on the UK Hawk Board. A Falconer all his life, he has run the Northumberland Crow Falcons since 1991. This was until recently, the only mounted falconry group in the UK. He is an Honorary Member of the Welsh Hawking Club, the Irish Hawking Club, the Dartmoor Falcons and Vice-President of the British Falconers' Club. Author of the best selling Understanding the Bird of Prey, he also produces films on falconry, including the Bird of Prey Management series, currently in eight modules. At home he runs a 280 acre mixed farm in Wales and is Chairman of the Carmarthenshire Foxhounds.


Of the 18-20 or so falconry books I have read to date, this is by far the most comprehensive, informative and useful. From basic anatomy and physiology to training and flying/hunting birds of prey, it covers it all in wonderful detail. Dr Fox's many years of experience with so many different species and in so many different places and cultures lends him a unique perspective and incredible insight into the sport and the birds we use. If you wish to understand birds of prey and how they should be trained and handled for falconry, you really should own this book.- Amazon Reviewer

Very comprehensive but nicely divided depending on your specific or general interest. Written by a well-known authority, this is the one book with all the best info. Both thorough and enjoyable to read. -- Amazon Reviewer

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