As life rushes forward, falconry seems all the more sublime, a pursuit rich of mores and requiring mettle. It's not for the faint of body or soul, making it no surprise that it so appeals to Nicki Griffith, Andy's younger sister. She forwarded these images to us today, snapped last Saturday in a field near St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and featuring Nicki and her lady hawk, Lara.
The bird is a Harris hawk, a breed found all over North America. Nicki wrote that Lara, who was born last June, will "change her plumage in the Spring and lose all those pretty bars, going darker, just keeping the flashes of red on her wings and the white on her rump. She has little hearts in dark brown on the small white feathers under her tail!! A real girlie bird."
By the way, the hawk is named after Lara Croft. Like the superhero, this is one hawk who is a "tomb raider, number one hunter and good looking bird."
The sight of Nicki and Lara on the wintry tundra is utterly fabulous.
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