Sorry for the lateness in posts but the holiday season is always a little crazy. Well we have been out hunting about a dozen times on our friend’s property with no luck on kills. Kain is following but not as closely as I would like. When he picks a perch we will beat the brush around him trying to flush something for him. He seems to act like he knows what we are doing because he will reposition himself to keep an eye on where we are flushing. He has had quite a few stoops on what I think were Cotton Rats and furred two rabbits but no kills till December 2nd.
Kain was at 739 grams. We were out hunting for about 2 hours when we decided to call it quits. My daughter and I were calling Kain back and forth from about 300 meters distance between us in the brush to the t perches we were carrying to finish the remainder of his days meal. On one flight he went about 20 yards wide of me and flew up into a wing over to rocket down and disappear into the brush below. We heard a scream and ran over to see Kain had a nice Cotton tail pinned down below aMesquitebush. I made in low and he attempted to drag it until I stepped on the rabbits back leg.
He sat their kind of looking at me with one foot on the rabbit, the other foot spread out trying to drag and swiveling his head around making sure nothing else was coming to take his prize. We sat there like that for a good while with him staring at me then the rabbit then he finally put his other foot on the rabbit and settled down to pull fur and eat. At that time, I finally helped dispatch the rabbit. He mantled very possessively and every time he tried to turn away from me I would reposition myself to be in front of him. I gave him a couple of tidbits while he ate which he took no problem he even let me get in their and open up the rabbit for him and ate around my hand without footing me or biting me and after that he stopped trying to turn away. I cut off a back leg with my shears and turned around and fixed it onto his lure. I cut the foot off at the joint and placed it in my pocket.
When he seemed like he was almost done with eating I tossed the lure out and he released the rabbit and took off for the lure. I deposited the rabbit remains in my vest and after he finished the lure he hopped up to the fist no problem to munch on the rabbit foot which I used as a tiring to keep him busy while we walked to the truck. My wife and daughter said I looked like a proud Pappa so it was definitely a good day.
We are still having hooding issues, he just goes bat sheet crazy every time I try and hood him. We have had small successes. I think the trick is going to be hooding him everyday in almost near darkness then letting him sit like that for awhile till I feed him then back in the hood for a bit before he goes back to his mews or the weathering yard. I am going to make the hood an important part of his routine. I didn’t have this problem with my last bird but then like people all birds are different.