Its been raining non-stop here for the last few days.
Yesterday was a "fast" day for the hawks, so I wanted to get him out hawking today.
I waited ages to see if it would stop raining, but it didn't, so as the dog needed out anyway,
I thought I'd take him up to a local farm to check if there was any pigeons in the sheds.
The sheds were surprisingly empty, but there was 2 crows out in a field 80 yards away.
I got the hawk out and got him ready for flying out of sight of the 2 crows.
I figure with the rain, he could have one decent flight before getting soaked, so I showed him the crows and released him.
He closed the gap fairly quickly and got on terms with a crow.
The flight was a good exiting one but the crow out-flew him, so fair play to it. He ended up in a tree and so I called him back.
He flew to a tree nearby me, but wasn't ready to come down yet.
I let the dog run about and a short time later he pushed out a Jackdaw hiding near to one of the sheds.
It was obvious the way it was flying that it was water-logged and was flying poorly.
The hawk needed no invitation and came down straight away and nailed it.
The first flight at the crow was a cracker and the second one at the Jackdaw allowed the hawk to get rewarded.
Not bad for a rainy day.