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November 17, 2009

Flight School at Talon’s

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , — Denny @ 11:28 pm

Screech OwlI visited my friend Lorrie Schumacher this past weekend at Talons!  A  Bird of Prey Experience in Earlville NY. You say where is Earlville, NY? Well, it is a pleasant 2 1/2 hour ride out Rt 20 (with a sprinkling of assorted country roads) from the Capital District.
I usually visit Lorrie with photographer friends to share in an exciting afternoon photographing Lorrie’s beautiful birds of prey. From her little Red Phase Eastern Screech Owl to Manderian the European Eagle Owl it is an awesome experience. Lorrie works very hard at providing great poses for the birds in natural settings and her flight demos are a HOOT :-)

This time I went to photograph fellow photographer Debbie Roma as she attended Lorrie’s Falconry Academy. Lorrie spent the good part of 5 hours showing Debbie the basics of handling raptors. She started with the smallest, the Eastern Screech Owl and ended with flight lessons with a beautiful 18 month old Harris Hawk and a juvenile Gyrfalcon/Barbary cross.

I watched as Debbie was shown how to handle a bird on the glove, trim an owls beek and talons and taught just where and how to touch the bird. This all led up to some great flying with an 18 month old harris hawk. I was amazed at the repore that developed between handler and bird.

Debbie With Harris Hawk

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Debbie With Eagle Owl                              

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Where else can one be hands on with owls, hawks, and falcons in the northeast?  Nowhere that I know of. This and see the greatest African Crow in the world. This little girl acts like a raven one min, a nuthatch the next and when you think she is done she is off to bury some little treasure of food in a hollow log or under leaves for later consumption.

Manderian the European Eagle Owl was a star in the History Channel program “Life after People”.

The day was a great experience and I would recomend it to anyone who wants to spend a few hours on a Hawk walk to the full Falconry Academy. Lorrie’s web site is http://www.talonsbirdsofprey.com/

3 Comments

  1. Wow, not only a great start to your blog but what an interesting place to visit. It’s on my list. Pradeep

    Comment by Pradeep — November 18, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  2. ….that looks very intimidating….nice job of hanging in there with that beautiful bird coming at you!

    Comment by jeff — November 18, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  3. Beautiful shots Den

    Comment by jeff — November 18, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

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