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  1. david901

    New birds...

    Thanks for letting me know. I've now flown 2 50/50 Albidus females. I think they're very good hawks and like how they perform.
  2. david901

    New birds...

    Hi George Can I ask if the Gos is a pure Albidus? Very nice btw.
  3. Very nice. I wish I had the patience to make a decent hood. I tried it once but gave up after a while
  4. I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun flying her. Good luck with her.
  5. Hi Robert Are you imprinting the Spar or going for PR? And what do you intend to fly her at? Good luck
  6. Thanks mate. I'll try and source one the same size.
  7. I was hoping someone can point me in the right direction where I can buy a replacement filler valve O ring for a falcon lighthunter? The gun was leaking from the end so I removed the filler valve where I noted the O ring was quite brittle, but it appeared to be flat on one side rather than round. Just thought I'd check if you can use any O ring of the correct size or are they a specific O ring that needs to be fitted? Thanks
  8. Hi Mark Perhaps a highish rotating ring perch would suit. Most Goshawks seem to do fairly well on them. I must admit that although I've got a female imprint, my personal favourite is a Gos raised by an imprint. They come out steady and with sympathetic manning, seem to become very tame and steady in a short while. Out of curiosity, can I ask who bred her? Good luck with her. David
  9. Hi Moorman I've never used the Meng perch and it looks horrible to me LOL, but the guys who use them in USA like you say, seem to think they're great. I read an article explaining their use and it did make sense to me. I think you would have to get a metalworker to manufacture one for you. Pretty sure someone could provide the dimensions. Out of curiosity, is your Gos a PR or an imprint. Cheers
  10. Just a thought Moorman, I have also used a loop perch to good effect for Goshawks whilst they are in their mews or weathering. It seems to keep their feathers in good shape. Also, I know some folk keep them on screen perches, but that is something I have no experience with. David
  11. Sorry Moorman, but it has now been dismantled. All I did was attach two wooden perches at either end of a 12 foot mews with a length of wire running between them and with a metal ring. The leash was tied to the ring allowing the Gos to fly between the two perches. One end was under a roof, the other end open to the elements which meant the hawk could sit in the rain or shelter if it wanted. As it was within the mews, if a leash or ring broke then the hawk was still contained. Here is a system an American used, which may be of interest.
  12. The only time I use a tailguard on a Goshawk is when it is a fresh hawk out of the mews that is undergoing manning and training and then after that, when on a kill if the hawk mantles a lot or if it bounces about in its travel box.I would never put a guard on it, in its day to day routine. My current Gos is kept on a rotating ring perch, where she can sit on the floor, get water etc, but I have also kept goshawks freelofted during the hunting season without any issues. I've also used a small trolley system with good results and I have also kept them on bow perches, but I much prefer the rotating ring perch. Cheers
  13. i live not too far away near Glasgow mate.
  14. Hardly any rabbits about so starting off with the black stuff. A Jackdaw caught in strong winds.
  15. Hi mate if you are on Facebook, you could post this on a few lost and found birds of prey sites. Also if you look up and contact the Independent Bird Register, they will help to track down a possible owner. Cheers
  16. david901

    All run out

    You could also change the quarry you go for. The HH is quite a versatile hawk and can take a variety of game.
  17. david901

    All run out

    It seems to have happened all over the country apart from a few areas. The poor rabbit numbers have dwindled around here too. There are still a few pockets around though and if you only take a few over the season there are some left for breeding. The problem is not everyone tries to conserve them.
  18. Is the breeder Viktor Segrt?
  19. The small male German goshawk I had would have been ideal. He took everything from small birds [accidentally] to cock pheasant. I keep toying with the idea of getting a Czech Goshawk. Small but very brave hunters so I've been told.
  20. The only problem with flying a male on pheasant is they can sometimes become selective and refuse to take cock birds. Though some are real pheasant killers. Also males excel at crows etc.
  21. What does your friend suggest you get? With that amount of experience he should be able to point you in the right direction. What quarry do you take with your HH? Are there many rabbits over there?
  22. There's a lot to be said for the Harris Hawk mate. I know in the USA there are quite a few hawkers who use male Harris for their species of quail. What subspecies of Goshawk will you go for? Can you get passage hawks?
  23. Is your GSP already trained or is it a pup? If its a pup you will find it quite difficult to train both at the same time. I would quite like a go at Quail. I have seen a few videos of Gos chasing them down, unfortunately we don't have Quail here. But we do have pheasant, partridge and duck. I work mine under a Brittany.
  24. I've flown both PR and imprint Gos. Both make excellent hawks if you've got the land and game to fly them at. If flying at gamebirds, you will also need a decent dog. Good luck.
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