On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:56 AM, "Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Mike, was hunting a part of your family tradition? How did you get into that? 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 11:26 PM, "Mike Dixon mdixon.6...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
 Yes, I work with them in some capacity every day. While they are or were 
molting they don't fly, just sit around and be lazy but I do feed them on the 
fist. That keeps them in the habit of knowing that I provide food. During that 
time they have to be *fat* so they grow strong healthy feathers. Now that 
Levi's molt has finished, I've been gradually reducing his weight until he gets 
a sharp appetite at the same time each day. He will then respond to his 
training and I then take him out to large open fields , let him go and fly. I 
put a kite up with a lure hanging from it and he flies up to get it for the 
reward. Today he went up about 500 feet and by the end of the month he should 
be going up about 1500 ft. Then we'll go for ducks! He'll fly up several 
hundred feet over a pond with wild ducks and Sophie , my dog, will rush the 
pond and scare the ducks out of the water and the falcon then goes into a 
*stoop*, a dive, sometimes reaching over 250 miles an
 hour and hits the duck. 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 7:36 PM, "Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Mike, it's fascinating, a world with which I'm not at all familiar, so lots of 
questions. Do you work with them every day? Are there competitions? Will you 
breed them at some point? Tell all! I look forward to reading in the morning.
 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 9:05 PM, "Mike Dixon mdixon.6...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Sandy will look just like Levi in two or three more months. She was in her 
immature plumage at thetime of the photo and started molting since. By the end 
of the year she will have her *big girl* feathers in. Of course , the females 
in raptors are about 50% bigger than males. Levi weighs about 22 oz's and Sandy 
about 33 oz's. As soon as Sandy grows in a few more new feathers, I'll start 
getting her in shape for the fall. I'll send her up to a lure on a kite, 
raising it higher and higher every few days until she climbs about 1500 feet at 
a time. They absolutely love it! 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 6:49 PM, "Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Whoops, sorry, Mike, I skimmed the words and got focused on the pictures. The 
male is an amazing blue color. Krishna of the falcons (-:
 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 8:43 PM, "Mike Dixon mdixon.6...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Yes, the male(color Photo) is Levi and the female (sepia photo) is Sandy. 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 6:37 PM, "Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
Mike, they are beautiful creatures. And the male has quite a steely gaze. Can 
you say what their names are?
 


On Monday, October 13, 2014 8:19 PM, "Mike Dixon mdixon.6...@yahoo.com 
[FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
  


  
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Levi is the first one, a male Anatum Peregrine, bred in captivity. Number two 
is Sandy, a Female Tundra Peregrine  caught on a Texas beach a year ago 
tomorrow.

 
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  There are competitions but I've never entered any. I might give one a try in 
February.< As for breeding, Wild caught Peregrines like Sandy are not known for 
breeding in captivity,
 although you never know. She has tried to kill him twice! I have to keep them 
separated. However, hormones in the Spring could change her attitude. She could 
also take off and go her own merry way any time I fly her. So far, she hasn't 
done that. Right now , I think she realizes that she has an easy life.<  If I 
want to use Levi in a breeding program, I'd probably have to get a female bred 
in captivity as he was. That seems to work out well, I'm told.
 I think it would be cool to breed them and release them, or some of them, into 
the wild. Falconers have been doing this since the seventies and returned them 
to a healthy population from once being nearly extinct. They were taken off of 
the endangered species list in the late nineties. DDT had all but wiped them 
out by the sixties. Tundra Peregrine numbers have since returned to pre-DDT 
levels and Anatum Peregrine numbers are much stronger but not as much as could 
be.   

      
 

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