The falconer's knot is a slip knot capable of being tied with one hand. It allows for a quick release by the falconer but makes it difficult for the bird to pull loose.
The glove is used for protection and to provide the bird with a secure perch. Gloves come in various sizes depending on the bird. There is a D-ring on this glove for tying the bird with a falconer's knot or clip.
The swivel consists of two rings and a swivel. It is attached to the jesses and leash to avoid them getting tangled.
These are long strips of leather with a button at one end & holes at the other end. They are attached to the anklets, through the eyelet.
The purpose of the hood is to prevent the bird from getting upset or scared. Different countries have many different styles but all are made to fit the birds head and to keep them calm.
This will attach around the leg of the bird. These are made of different kinds of leather depending on the strength of the bird.
The lure is used to train the birds to fly at live quarry and to exercise them. It is made from a piece of leather shaped to look like the animal they are hunting, such as a bird or rabbit. A piece of meat is then attached to the side of the lure.
The falconer will swing the lure. Despite looking very easy, care must be taken to avoid hitting & injuring the bird. Once the bird catches the lure, it will eat the food that was attached.
The cord (usually terylene) which is attached through the swivel for tying the bird to the perch glove.
We use glove training as a first step when falconry training. We don't do this with every bird, only with birds we determine need some extra one-on-one work. This process entails many hours with the bird. The first step is called "Manning" in which the hawk overcomes it's natural wariness of people, you the falconer and associates food with your glove. Once the bird becomes comfortable , we spend more time with it staying on the glove and then walk around the facility with it. While we do this training for special needs rehabilitation, we also do this with every bird that ends up becoming a permanent education ambassador.
Creance training is a secure way to make the bird fly to your hand or lure over longer distances while you still have control.This technique involves using a light rope tied to the bird and a weight. This allows us to observe the birds flying capability as well as give it some exercise.