Some of y'all have asked to see videos of duck hawking. Here are two that I finally got around to uploading.
In the first video, my friend's peregrine stoops at a flock of mallards and barely hits one. If you listen closely you can hear the falcon impact the duck. Mallards are very cagey, so the duck sideslipped and gave the falcon only a glancing blow. Mallards are tied with pintails for the most difficult ducks to take in falconry.
In the second video, there are mostly teal and a few gadwalls. My gyrfalcon/peregrine hybrid stoops them repeatedly. As you can see, the teal keep dumping into the grass at the instant before they get hit. They also do their best to absolutely stay on the water. Eventually he hits one away from the pond and lands on it to finish it off. The younger dog in the second video is still learning good falconry manners so he starts to crowd the bird on the ground a little bit. Thankfully the falcon is tolerant.
The numbers of ducks we bag don't fill up the tailgate or side of the boat, but when our little side of the hunting world goes right, few things match the spectacle.https://vimeo.com/114731894https://vimeo.com/114732428