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Flying Falcon

April 8, 2011

Flight of the Falcon

I wasn’t very satisfied with my in-flight shots so far. Sure, once in a while one came out decently, but more out of luck than because I actually knew what I was doing. When I met the very sympathetic Falconer Gerrit van Zandvoort of Valkerij Rijssen , I asked if I could join one of their weekly trainings, just to practice the in-flight shots. I was positively surprised when he immediately agreed enthusiastically.

So, a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, I went to Rijssen. There were only a promising 2 people there when I arrived at the training in a local park. Both photographers :-).
I had good hopes that I could really witness the training quite .. eh… quietly..
But then…. some 300 pupils of a primary school came charging up onto the field… Gosh….

Must say, I was very impressed by one teacher who watched the tripod with the 500 mounted on it like a hawk (I had actually forgotten about it while shooting the wonderful birds with the other camera), when it got surrounded by dozens of school kids, lecturing them about being careful, polite etc. Hurray, for ‘old-fashioned’ moral!

It took all of my patience to be honest, to teath-grittingly see these beautiful birds fly, but always with one or the other school kid as background.

Then, Gerrit whispered “Stay put, we’ll train the young Falcons when they’ll all be gone”. And so they did. I was impressed by the dedication of the Falconers and the time and effort they put into the well-being of the birds. One of the young Falcons took off, soaring through the sky and it took the Falconers 1 hour of running after it, to persuade it to come back. As a side-line I must mention that this particular Falconry doesn’t practice ‘starving’ the birds forcing them to do anything for food; these birds are well nourished and pampered to bits. It’s up to them if they want to co-operate.. eh.. or not :-)).

I was watching a magnificent Eagle Owl meanwhile and I can tell you; it’s kind of psychedelic experience staring into the eyes of that beautiful Owl for an hour when he’s constantly staring back, turning his head 180 degrees while doing so. I felt a bit hypnotized afterwards. And who knows! Maybe I still am… 🙂

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Wildlife Photo of the Day: Puma

August 15, 2010

Puma

El puma (Puma concolor), león de montaña, león o pantera, es un mamífero de la familia Felidae, nativo de América.
Es el el cuarto mayor felino del mundo, después del tigre, el león y el jaguar.

fuente: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puma

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Hiking Tips: Hiking in Bear Country

August 4, 2010
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One of the great things about hiking is the wildlife we can encounter. However, bears are wildlife that are best to not get close to because as much as they look sweet and innocent, we still have to remember that we are in the wilderness and to respect the wildlife. Here are some articles on how to safely hike through bear country. Enjoy!

What are Smellables for Hiking in Bear Country?

Know what is a smellable to avoid attracting a bear into a campsite.

Publish Date: 07/19/2010 15:06

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Hiking in bear country? Black bear safety video offers tips | In

If you are hiking in bear country, you’ll find the new 6-minute video, Day Hiking and Wildlife, from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park helpful. This black bear safety video covers hiking safety and educates viewers about the …

Publish Date: 07/05/2010 7:39

http://www.carlsams.com/inthewoods/2010/07/hiking-in-bear-country-black-bear-safety-video-offers-tips/

Warding off bears. | Great Outdoors Tips with Outdoors Expert

I’m not advocating that you never hike with your dog. But, just think twice about it if you are heading into bear country. Always keep your dog on a leash. Don’t shy away from hiking where bears are known to live. …

Publish Date: 07/11/2010 16:04

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hiking/hiking-tips-avoiding-unwanted-bear-encounters

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Hiking Tips: Hiking With Your Dog

June 22, 2010
Bailey and me doing the last 200 feet to the s...
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Many of us have a furry friend and take them to a dog park for exercise and fun. Why not try something different and take a hike? Here are some tips you need to know before you take your dog hiking.

Hiking With Your Dog : Critter Minute – Natural Dog Products & Fun

Before you decide to take your dog out hiking make sure your dog is healthy enough and fit enough to enjoy a hike. If your dog is not very fit you can start with short excursions from home and gradually work up to long hikes though the …

Publish Date: 06/18/2010 13:14

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Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures « The Bark

To make the most out of your hiking experience, keep in mind the following trail-etiquette tips (from The Appalachian Trail Conservancy): Do not allow your pet to chase wildlife. Leash your dog around water sources and in sensitive …

Publish Date: 06/18/2010 16:13

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5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog | EcoSalon

Hiking Tips. There are extra considerations if you’re hiking: If you expect your dog to carry his own food or water, incorporate the pack into your daily walks a few weeks before the trip. Start with an empty pack and slowly build up to …

Publish Date: 06/17/2010 14:38

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Hiking Trail of the Day: California’s Lost Coast Trail

June 18, 2010
the Lost Coast #3
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Northern California’s Lost Coast Trail gives hikers a rare chance to view coastal wilderness in a combination such as sea lions and forest. Learn more about the Lost Coast and follow this link for more information about the trails.

Hike Along the Lost Coast | 101 Things To Do Humboldt

Shelter Cove serves as a dividing line for the roughly 64 miles of California Coastal Trail along the Lost Coast. To the north and south, find pristine views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged coast that meets it. …

Publish Date: 06/21/2008 0:00

http://101things.com/humboldt/hike-along-the-lost-coast

Lost Coast Trail, finally « besthike.com blog

My boyfriend and I are going to be backpacking much of the Northern Coast this summer and are planning to tackle the Lost Coast Trail. We will definitely be referring back to this post. …

Publish Date: 04/27/2010 5:02

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Lost Coast, California

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A visit to the Lost Coast. The Lost Coast of California is made up mainly of the King’s Range, a heavy growth set of peaks and valleys, whose western side is the Pacific Ocean. Hard to get into because of very few roads that are steep, …

Publish Date: 06/01/2010 13:25

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Hiking Tip: Never Feed Wilderness Animals

May 28, 2010

“Many wilderness animals learn readily to like human food. Included on the list are bears, raccoons, pikas, squirrels, marmots, deer and some birds.

Common Raccoon
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Human food is like junk food to these animals. It is addictive but not necessarily good for their systems.” Read more here.

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Pesky Critters on the Pacific Crest Trail

July 17, 2009

Here’s an article on troublesome critters that hikers could encounter on the Pacific Crest Trail. Five such critters are discussed. I have included here a quote about Mountain Lions from that article:

Mountain lions can be a bit troubling. They are much bigger than you think, weighing as much as a couple hundred pounds. They are also known to track humans on the trail, but attacks are extremely rare. If you do happen upon one, do not run away or start screaming. Mountain lions are predators, so don’t act like prey. Just stand there or calmly back away. Try to grab a stick or even a can of mace if you have one.

Read about the other four critters here.

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