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fenrirlokison asked:

What is your youtube channel?

My username is CrazyCritterLife, but it used to be Nadira320, so some videos are under that username instead. I don’t really know how it works lol. Here’s a link to my latest video https://www.youtube.com/user/Nadira320/videos

I don’t know what I’m doing so its a work in progress, but I’ll figure it out eventually. For now it’s basically just a tool that I’m using to upload videos for tumblr. Eventually I’ll learn how to make it a real YouTube channel with playlists and what not

gtfo-im-a-turtle asked:

So with your kestrels I've seen that Ollie, was young so he was attached to you but how are your birds in general do they enjoy being around you? Are they affectionate? Do they try to leave? Seeing as they're solitary predators until mating how do they see you especially Zuko considering he was wild caught

That’s a great question! A lot of it depends on the bird’s individual personality, age that they were first exposed to humans, and the way that they were raised.

In general, falconry birds enjoy being around the falconer because every experience with the falconer is a positive one. It’s with the falconer that they get to fly, hunt, eat, and feel safe, so naturally they are going to enjoy their company. This doesn’t necessarily mean the bird has any emotional attachment. This is why it’s possible to release falconry birds. As soon as the falconer is no longer of use to the bird, the bird has no problem leaving. This is also why fat birds can completely change personality. If they’re fat and happy, then the falconer has much less to offer them and they’ll be more aloof.

That being said, its different for every bird and different kinds of relationships can form. One common relationship is for the bird to see the falconer as a sort of mate. Raptors often mate for life so they form strong attachments to their “mate.” This is the relationship that I had with Maya. Maya was independent when I first trapped her from the wild, so, despite me providing food to her, she never saw me as a parent. She knew that she was a red-tailed hawk and I wasn’t. But over time we did form a strong relationship. She would allow me to approach her when she was on a kill without showing aggression. I would help her pluck and hand her tidbits as she ate, I lived in her “territory”, and I was always around her while she hunted, which is similar to the behaviors a mate might display. During the molt she even became slightly territorial over me. But at the end of the season, before release, I fattened her up completely (she could have gone weeks without eating she was so fat!) and stopped interacting with her. The few interactions I did have with her weren’t that positive either, so she decided I was no longer of use to her. When I released her, she didn’t look back. The emotional attachment wasn’t there (at least on her end!). A similar relationship was formed with Zuko. He even went so far as to do a mating dance to me! But again, after a couple weeks of fattening up and limited interaction, he was more than happy to say goodbye when release day came. 

Young birds have the whole parent-offspring relationship going on, so those birds tend to have much more attachment to the falconer. Unlike a haggard (adult bird) or passage (first-year bird), imprints don’t know any other way of life. You’re all they know. You’re their lifeline. So they don’t want to leave you. Whether its emotional attachment or just a sense of dependency, I can’t really say, though at times it certainly feels like they love you! lol

But overall, the relationship almost always comes down to what you can do for them. Can you give them food? Great! They’ll stick around. Can you provide them shelter and safety from predators! Even better! All the more reason for them to stay near you. Do you ever hurt them? Scare them? Steal their food? No? Then they won’t have reason to fear you or display aggression. You’re useful to them, and they like that. But once your usefulness runs out, they’ll be happy to return back to their wild ways. Usually, this happens at the end of the season when the falconer purposely releases their bird, but it can also happen unintentionally. If the relationship is not strong enough, the bird might decide to leave. If the falconer isn’t providing good hunting opportunities, the bird might fly off and attempt to hunt on its own. If the bird is flown too fat, it might decide its not hungry that day and sit in a tree until sun down. Or it might get chased off by another raptor and decide its not worth it to go back to the falconer. All sorts of things can and do happen! But with proper relationship building, training, and weight control, the odds of such things happening are usually pretty low. 

Making a YouTube Channel

Ok, so I’m making an official YouTube channel that I can use to post videos on here. I figured it would make it easier since YouTube vids seem to work better than when I try to post vids directly onto tumblr. I’m giving it a test run so we’ll see how it works out!

(Also, this is the youtube account I’ve had for years because I’m too lazy to change it, so there are some really old vids on there too lol). Enjoy!

ferret400:

crazycritterlife:

Brother and sister out at hack

Timmons birds? :D I see lots of pics of them on facebook they are so lovely

Yep! If all goes well with the hack then I’ll be flying the male this season :) They’re such sweethearts, and apparently the male has been a total spitfire during the hack, chasing doves all day lol. I’ve been visiting them at least once a week since they were just a few days old. Its been really neat to watch them grow up and observe the training process

Catching Pigeons like Sewer Trolls

Hands down, best way to spend a Friday night is with a group of falconer friends catching pigeons in the sewers beneath the town. While the rest of my friends were out doing normal human activities like going to the County Fair, me and a couple of my (equally crazy) falconer friends were spending our time in a much more productive, entertaining fashion. 

It was me and 3 other falconers, only one of who knew what he was doing and was experienced. He led us through the sewers under the main downtown area armed with a head lamp and a large, 15 foot net. Our main job was carrying the cat carriers. He would shine the light up in the rafters where the pigeons roosted, then use the net to either flush them or try to trap them. Some would spook right into the  net, while others began flying through the tunnels. Since they couldn’t see very well, their “flying” was more like hovering in frantic circles kind of like a moth hovers around a light. But still, they were somewhat agile, which created quite the show! The three of us watched (and ducked!) as the experienced falconer swung the net around like a crazy man after the pigeons! He was really good at it and was able to catch most of them mid-flight. Super entertaining and hilarious to watch! We were also able to climb up onto a ledge at one point and grab a bunch of roosting pigeons by hand!

We ended the night filthy, wet, and exhausted, but with crates and crates full of pigeons! I can’t think of any way I would have rather spent this Friday night. Who needs the County Fair, anyway? We got to see something much more unique and entertaining ;) 

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