The Complete Merlin, The Merlin & Red-headed Falcon in Falconry, Hard Bound, 400 pages.

The Complete Merlin, The Merlin & Red-headed Falcon in Falconry, Hard Bound, 400 pages.

    Price: $69.95

    Code: FB1050

    Weight: 4.20 pounds



    The Complete Merlin: The Merlin and Red-headed Falcon in Falconry, 8 1/2 x 11, Full Color, Gold Gilt Stamped Cover, Color Dust Wrapper & 400 pages.

    This book will arrive in the UK around the 1st of April. It will be available for UK and European falconers at that time from Paul Morgan - Coch-y-Bonddu Books. Please see their web site (https://www.anglebooks.com/).



    Table of Contents


    Artist & Author Biographies

    IN CELEBRATION OF THE MERLIN: An Account of the Merlin

                      United States: Hans Peeters

    Chapter 1 - NATURAL HISTORY AND ECOLOGY OF THE MERLIN AND RED-HEADED FALCON

                      United States: Robin William Radcliffe

    Chapter 2 - CAPTIVE PROPAGATION OF MERLINS

                      Germany: Manfred Heidenreich

    Chapter 3 - HACKING MERLINS

                      Great Britain: Tony James

    Chapter 4 - LARK HAWKING WITH MERLINS

                      Great Britain: Grant Hagger, Con Taylor and Mike Nicholls

    Chapter 5 - HAWKING WITH MERLINS IN RUSSIA

                      Russia: Natalia Grechanaya

    Chapter 6 - HAWKING WITH MERLINS IN THE OLD WORLD AND NEW WORLD

                      Great Britain: John Loft

    Chapter 7 - FLYING JACKS FROM A PITCH

                      United States: Hans Peeters

    Chapter 8 - HIGH CLIMBING FLIGHTS AT STARLINGS WITH THE PASSAGE MERLIN

                      United States: Kenneth C. Tuttle with John Testa

    Chapter 9 - WAITING-ON FLIGHTS WITH MERLINS

                      United States: Tim Gallagher

    Chapter 10 - FLYING THE PASSAGE MERLIN: TRAPPING, TRAINING, AND HUNTING METHODS

                       United States: Eric Edwards with Alan Jenkins and Spence Wise

    Chapter 11 - THE MERLIN AND RED-HEADED FALCON IN INDIA

                       India: Sirdar Mohamed Osman

    Chapter 12 - FLYING EYASS AND INTERMEWED RED-HEADED FALCONS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

                       South Africa: E.R. 'Robbie' Robinson and Kenny J. Pinnock

    Chapter 13 - TURUMTI SUMMER: ADVENTURES IN IRELAND WITH A CAST OF RED-HEADED FALCONS

                       Ireland: Tony Huston

                HOOD FITTING CHART, HOODMAKING AND PATTERNS

                United States: James West Nelson

                BIBLIOGRAPHY

                FALCONRY EQUIPMENT CITED


           Perhaps once or twice in a Century a truly inspired book becomes a classic in the world literature about falconry. This book, published by Western Sporting [managed by David Frank] and authored by 21 expert falconers on how to train and hunt with two small species of falcons, the circumboreal merlin and the red-headed falcon of the Indian Subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa, is destined to take its place among the great books on hawking. It is richly illustrated by drawings and full page, color portraits by Ron Digby of the various subspecies and variants of the merlin and red-headed falcon. In addition to the superbly written chapters by the falconers, there is also a 100-page chapter by Robin Radcliffe providing an informative, up-to-date summary of the scientific literature on both species of falcons.

           The rich experiences these falconers have so generously shared with their readers about working with these two small, but highly capable bird hunters, leaves the inspired reader longing to take up this special branch of hawking. I predict a greatly increased interest in hunting with Merlins and other small species of falcons in coming years.

     

    Tom Cade: Falconer-biologist, founder of The Peregrine Fund, author of The Falcons of the World





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