Monday, February 11, 2013

ASHTON's new clothes

If you go back a few posts you'll see a photo of ASHTON with a bunch of his wing feathers blown off by a shotgun shell. Probably a disgruntled pheasant hunter. This past week he was helped in his plight by master falconer, Chris Pfister. He did what's called imping, or replacing his damaged feathers with those from another redtail hawk. As you can see it takes patience and time to make this happen.

In these bottom photos you'll notice his new feathers and the fact that he's now able to fly up to a pole perch in the flight barn. He'll have a few days to get his muscles back in shape and then go back where he was found to catch up with his mtte.

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