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(YouTube)   And now for your viewing pleasure, hawks on paragliders. Parahawking if you will   (youtube.com) divider line 18
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2012-11-27 02:15:21 PM
Don't know about calling it 'parahawking' but it is pretty cool.
 
2012-11-27 02:20:56 PM
The biggest hawk I've ever seen lives somewhere on the outskirts of our back pasture and hunts the pasture for mice and other rodents, I think it's gonna grab one of our cats some day. Always wondered how you train a hawk in the first place, do you get them when they are newly hatched or what?
 
2012-11-27 02:33:51 PM
I flew around with a hawk with my parachute once. He was just checking me out, wondering why I needed that big dumb blue thing to fly.
 
2012-11-27 02:48:36 PM
I did this a few years ago in Nepal with these guys and it was a blast... They give you a hawking glove and a little pouch of buffalo meat strips, and every so often your pilot blows a whistle, you stretch your glove arm out as far as you can with a meaty treat in it, and your bird comes in and grabs a snack.

They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot. The same organization runs a raptor rescue and works to help ban / provide alternatives for a cheap veterinary drug diclofenac which nearly wiped out the top-level scavenger population of Nepal and northern India.
 
2012-11-27 02:57:20 PM
www.theage.com.au
 
2012-11-27 02:57:35 PM

maxheck: They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot.


Ummm, LiteTouchFilms says they are located in San Diego, CA, the blurb in the vid says "Parahawking is coming to the USA.", and I've been to that beach area or a similar one in LaJolla (near Scripts?) where there is a lot of hang/para-gliding because of the wind upthrust caused by the cliffs. While they may have "just started" in Spain, this vid is 2 years old.
 
2012-11-27 03:15:35 PM
HairBolus:

maxheck: They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot.

Ummm, LiteTouchFilms says they are located in San Diego, CA, the blurb in the vid says "Parahawking is coming to the USA.", and I've been to that beach area or a similar one in LaJolla (near Scripts?) where there is a lot of hang/para-gliding because of the wind upthrust caused by the cliffs. While they may have "just started" in Spain, this vid is 2 years old.


Ah. There was a link on Fark a few months back from the organization I mentioned that was filmed over a coastline in Spain that looked very similar, so I figured it was the same. I stand corrected.
 
2012-11-27 03:28:23 PM
THat just looks hawkward.
 
2012-11-27 03:35:57 PM
stop ghawking at them
 
2012-11-27 03:54:16 PM
Are they just allowed to hawk their business on FARK like that?
 
2012-11-27 05:10:56 PM
I fly paragliders. Birds of prey are awesome indicators of where the thermals are. I've flown with bald and golden eagles, as well as hawks and vultures. Never that close however, usually above or below.

Really cool vid, I'm gonna have to train me a hawk one day.
 
2012-11-27 05:26:34 PM

HairBolus: maxheck: They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot.

Ummm, LiteTouchFilms says they are located in San Diego, CA, the blurb in the vid says "Parahawking is coming to the USA.", and I've been to that beach area or a similar one in LaJolla (near Scripts?) where there is a lot of hang/para-gliding because of the wind upthrust caused by the cliffs. While they may have "just started" in Spain, this vid is 2 years old.


The place is Torrey Pines in S.D. . It is a well know spot.
It is also boring as hell for para/hang gliding. The only good thing about it is that it is flyable all year.
a good place to get hours and practice.
 
2012-11-28 12:12:57 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-28 06:36:02 AM

HairBolus: maxheck: They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot.

Ummm, LiteTouchFilms says they are located in San Diego, CA, the blurb in the vid says "Parahawking is coming to the USA.", and I've been to that beach area or a similar one in LaJolla (near Scripts?) where there is a lot of hang/para-gliding because of the wind upthrust caused by the cliffs. While they may have "just started" in Spain, this vid is 2 years old.


Yep. Torrey Pines Glider Port. Awesome location, surprisingly low key.

I'm not sure why a hawk is necessary. The cliffs provide enough lift. Plus all the captive birds I've seen seem pretty pissed off, even the ones at the zoo in large net enclosures. (Cue Charlie Brown Sad Piano)
 
2012-11-28 07:31:56 AM
Speaking of birds, I saw a huge group of what I thought was turkey vultures flying over my house on Thanksgiving day. I live in Ohio so they are fairly common, just not in a large group (about 12). They looked like they were on a mission so I grabbed my binoculars real quick to take a closer look.

fark me running....They were Black Vultures that were migrating. I have NEVER seen a black vulture in Ohio.
 
2012-11-28 08:16:05 AM

RaceBoatDriver: HairBolus: maxheck: They just started doing it in Spain as well, which is where this video must have been shot.

Ummm, LiteTouchFilms says they are located in San Diego, CA, the blurb in the vid says "Parahawking is coming to the USA.", and I've been to that beach area or a similar one in LaJolla (near Scripts?) where there is a lot of hang/para-gliding because of the wind upthrust caused by the cliffs. While they may have "just started" in Spain, this vid is 2 years old.

Yep. Torrey Pines Glider Port. Awesome location, surprisingly low key.

I'm not sure why a hawk is necessary. The cliffs provide enough lift. Plus all the captive birds I've seen seem pretty pissed off, even the ones at the zoo in large net enclosures. (Cue Charlie Brown Sad Piano)


Personally owned raptors (Which is kind of a weird way of saying it; those birds could fly away at any time) generally enjoy a fulfilling life. Easy access to food, can hunt a fair bit anyways, comfortable indoor living conditions...

Those at a zoo really are confined much more, and are gawked at by so many humans, who will sometimes throw things into the cages which could hurt the birds (e.g. human food), or directly at the birds. Falconers love their birds and treat them as such. Zookeepers do as well, for the most part, but it's the audience that is the problem.

Same reason a dog living with a person in their house is a lot happier than a dog living in a cage at the pound.

/brief interest in falconry
 
2012-11-28 08:17:34 AM

wild9: Speaking of birds, I saw a huge group of what I thought was turkey vultures flying over my house on Thanksgiving day. I live in Ohio so they are fairly common, just not in a large group (about 12). They looked like they were on a mission so I grabbed my binoculars real quick to take a closer look.

fark me running....They were Black Vultures that were migrating. I have NEVER seen a black vulture in Ohio.


I remember some years back, here in Ontario, I was sitting in my bedroom on my PC, happened to look out the window at the right time... And saw a MASSIVE vulture fly a few feet away from the window. I was absolutely shocked at how big that bird was.

/I ran outside to see what kind of bird it was as it flew off
//Vultures are pretty distinctive
 
2012-11-30 10:54:11 AM

LavenderWolf: wild9: Speaking of birds, I saw a huge group of what I thought was turkey vultures flying over my house on Thanksgiving day. I live in Ohio so they are fairly common, just not in a large group (about 12). They looked like they were on a mission so I grabbed my binoculars real quick to take a closer look.

fark me running....They were Black Vultures that were migrating. I have NEVER seen a black vulture in Ohio.

I remember some years back, here in Ontario, I was sitting in my bedroom on my PC, happened to look out the window at the right time... And saw a MASSIVE vulture fly a few feet away from the window. I was absolutely shocked at how big that bird was.

/I ran outside to see what kind of bird it was as it flew off
//Vultures are pretty distinctive


Yeah, just don't go touching one and avoid hitting one with your car. They eat carrion all day and smell just putrid. It takes forever to get the funk off your vehicle if you hit one (10x worse than hitting a skunk)
 
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