"Falconry, or hunting with a predatory bird, a raptor, is a noteworthy and ancient art with techniques, predators and prey different from country to country. "
Long before rockets were invented, the heartbeat of a spontaneous combustion was felt through a falconer’s glove,searching and hunting alongside a wild falcon. Alongside (and not chasing frantically after) a well trained, well adjusted, falcon or white hawk is a rare connection; also a noble compliment to the well traveled falconer. Though the history of falconry is long, the interest survives on a very small community of falconers, or people who fly the falcon birds. Falconry hunts can be dazzling shows of animals within nature; hunting species can be anything from squirrels, mice, hares, rabbits, to pheasants or other big birds. Whether the falcon flies over a great, endless prairie in Kansas, or across the unspoken, frozen land of Siberia, it is a remarkable journey, and thrill working in contact with such a sharp-eyed, jumpy predator. Each hunt differs from the hunt prior and is always full of surprises. Austringers, a person who ‘keeps’ or hunts with a goshawk, or a falconer who hunts with a peregrine, red tail or kestrel will have different experiences between the particular species. Not every falcon or hawk flies and hunts the same. Falconry is one of the beloved king’s or nobleman’s pursuits and continues to remain an interest around the world. Falconry is a real thrill for sporting ethusiast as it allows the hunter to stay come in close contact with the hunting species.Finding a falconry trip is a unique, and memorable experience for all hunting and outdoor enthusiasts.
Falconry in Iceland: When it comes to falcons, then Iceland busts up as the main destination in the mind. Iceland is a beautiful country where you can enjoy spectating high-flyings birds and falcons. The falcon variety is immense and you would also get a chance to view and be flabbergasted by the serenity of the migratory birds. Among all the icelandic falcon birds of Iceland, the raven birds are the most active falcons in Iceland. These falcon birds can be found throughout the year.
For falconry you will need besides a trained raptor (hawk or falcon) with proper hood and any additional equipment specific to the raptor, good binoculars, comfortable walking shoes or boots, a falconry whistle or call, a falconry waistcoat or vest, and falconry gloves. Gain experience by contacting a local falconry club and enrol as an apprentice before your next falconry trip!