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Thief 12 by EdgedFeather Thief 12 by EdgedFeather
Yesterday was a big day. As some of you may know, I am a falconer. Here in the US, I am licesnsed to trap and train wild birds of prey to hunt with. Thief has been my hunting partner for the past two years. Yesterday, I released him back to the wild so he can live out the rest of his life doing whatever those wacky wild birds do. Over the past two years, he honed his hunting skills and became quite the skilled hunter, he more than deserves his freedom. Hopefully he will go get a mate and become a fantastic father!

This is one of the last photos I have of him. My heart will forever soar with him :)

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:iconkimi-parks:
Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw the rest of these on facebook the other day. Sorry you will no longer be together but at the same time hoping for the best for him in the wild.
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I sure do miss him, but I know he will be great out there :)
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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lost-nomad07 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
He is has beautiful adult coloring, I'm sure he will make some great offspring.
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea, he was a big head turner at the NAFA meet. I sure will miss him :)
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lost-nomad07 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I bet!
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:iconwolfsbane6:
wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
That's amazing and great to let him back. That had to be hard to do! Beautiful bird! Great story!
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It was hard, but so worth it :) He is such a great bird!
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:iconwolfsbane6:
wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I can only imagine. That's amazing!
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JosephVinegar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Luck to her and to thee.
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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GD-MDH9 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Why she is looking bad
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure what you mean
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GD-MDH9 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
😁 nothing
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LuLupoo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
She is a beauty :aww:
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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shrimpanzi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
so fliping prettyyy ;3;
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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shrimpanzi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
no problem :D
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The-Vile-Cortex Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
For some reason, I find it a little funny that hunting birds 'retire'. :) I hope he gets along well on his own.
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I will start again with a new bird in the fall. :)
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The-Vile-Cortex Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Do birds ever return/ refuse to be released? I can imagine that it can be complicated to keep them from coming back like they were trained to do.
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Not usually. When we take a bird from the wild that we intend to release again, we get it well after it is out of the nest. They go back to being a wild bird with no issues. I spent the past two weeks breaking down the trust bond we had built by not letting him see food come from me at all and spending absolutely no time with him. I had to physically catch him in his chamber the day I released him because he no longer felt a bond with me.
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WaryCassowary Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, both in composition and narrative. I can't even imagine how much time you must have spent with that bird. Falconry is demanding! I admire you😊
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I have spent several hours a day with him for the past year and a half. He is like family. I will start again next season with a new bird :) It is all so worth it.
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actipton80 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
He is one of the most beautiful Red Tails (of normal coloration at least) I've ever seen, in pictures or real life.  I love your pics of him.  I hope he finds a mate and fathers lots of beautiful babies.        
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
He is a different subspecies than what most people see. He is a Fuertes red tailed hawk. They breed here in Oklahoma and in Texas. I had never seen a red tail that looked like him until I got him. Now I see them pretty often. He was great at turning peoples heads at falconry meets :)
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Photographer
Hurray! Good for you and the pretty bird.   We need more people like you.
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
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