Year of the Eagle

10,000 Birds

Scientific experiments would be needed to demonstrate true cause-and-effect, but the extra attention appeared to pay off. It really looked like a game of tag. As the weaker juvenile became stronger, its flight mentor stepped up the game, though I didn’t realize it at first. In the third year, however, the two young birds appeared to show some affinity for each other, even if they didn’t play games.

De arte venandi cum avibus: San Martino Siir (2015) – Aglianico del Vulture DOC

10,000 Birds

While the hunting of game with trained birds of prey can be a controversial topic among birders , falconry was a valuable early source of information on birds, and its history, culture, and imagery continue to fascinate bird lovers, as we shall see. But in many cases, Frederick found that the claims of these vaunted but unthinking sources stood in contrast with his own experiences as both a falconer and keen observer of birds.

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