Over the weekend, Jake went with his falconry sponsor and caught his new bird ~
a Red Tailed Hawk.
After all of us logging nearly 21 hours in the car looking for the right bird, we couldn't be happier.
She is a beautiful young girl. You can tell she is a passage (juvenille) because her tail is not red yet but rather striped. And he knows it's a female by it's weight. The girls are heavier.
She is getting used to sitting quietly on his hand and doing very well.
Every once in a while she tries to fly away though.
Just look at those wide wings
and those beautiful intimidating eyes!
He's pretty proud of her.
For Jake, the hard work of training now begins.
For the full story of Jake's falconry apprenticeship see his blog.