Toby Bradshaw's Hawking and Falconry Website

Harris' hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)Hawking is the sport of hunting wild quarry with a trained hawk. Strictly speaking, falconry refers to hunting with falcons, but the terms 'hawking' and 'falconry' are now used interchangeably. I've been a hawker (and falconer) for more than 30 years. For the past 25+ years I've flown captive-bred Harris's hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus) almost exclusively. Rabbits and hares (jackrabbits) are the primary quarry, but a wide assortment of other game is taken here and there -- pheasant, quail, chukar, ducks, crows, etc. Personally, I think Harris's hawks are the premier rabbit/jackrabbit hawk. Properly handled, they give a quality flight in an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances.

 

Background on Harris's hawksVici with antelope jackrabbit, by Jennifer Coulson

Tips on acquiring and training captive-bred Harris's hawks

My philosophy of breeding and rearing Harris's hawks

Reflections on 30 seasons of Harris's hawking (2011)

The making of a jack hawk (2010)

Transcendence in sagebrush country (2010)

Genetic improvement of captive-bred raptors (2009)

Rabbit hawking with HHs, from North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks (2008)

Jackrabbit camp (2006)

Shoals of jackrabbits in the sagebrush ocean (2005)

A short primer on how to find rabbits (2003)

A few photos from my 2003 rabbit safari to the Great Basin (2003)

Harris's hawks and dogs (2002)

Neon's journey to the center of the Earth (2000)

Hawk box (giant hood) construction

My favorite falconry quotes and writings

BaywingDB, a pedigree database for Harris's hawks used in falconry

An article about BaywingDB that I wrote for the August 1999 Hawk Chalk

High-performance captive-bred Harris's hawks for sale

Read Jenn and Tom Coulson's The Harris's Hawk Revolution

 


For more information, contact Toby Bradshaw.
Last revised: 22-Aug-2012
Me with Killer and Milo