2001 1st edition. 4to (195 x 252mm). Pp144. Colour plates, colour and b/w photographs, illustrations. Blue boards, spine titled in gilt.
This is the first British book on the Harris Hawk. Takes you through manning, husbandry, training and hunting. Useful appendices of breeders, vets, etc. Chapters include: Basic knowledge - Harris hawks and man, harris hawks in the wild, biological facts; Buying and keeping a bird - locating a breeder and pucrhasing a bird, suitable weatherings, falconry equipment, maintaining a healthy bird; The diary - the first two weeks, manning, training, entering, attending field meetings, alternative hawking methods; Breeding, by Paul Harris; Health checks, by Philip Stapelberg; MRCVS; Annual moult; Harris hawks and the law, by PC Paul Beecroft; Security; Looking ahead - is the harris hawk the bird for you?, Harris hawks in the future, progressing to other species, Ami in her second season, final thoughts.