Falconry Basic Guide by Martin Tyner

Martin has made a series of videos about becoming a falconer.
The reason for this series is in response to so much interest and so many questions he's received about Falconry
These videos are meant to be a conversation, not a definitive falconry guide.

Episode 1: To Be A Falconer

A quick overview and introduction

Video Details

00:00 - 46:18 About Martin Tyner
46:18 - 01:28 About Teaching Perspective
01:28 - 01:57 About This Falconry Series
01:57 - 02:30 Brief History of Falconry start
02:30 - 06:58 About Falconry Regulations
06:58 - 08:09 Recap on Teaching Methods

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Episode 2: Research

Read, read, read

Video Details

00:00 - 02:37 Intro on the need for research and complexity of falconry
02:37 - 06:48 Summary on various books
06:48 - 07:09 Ending thoughts

Title Author
North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks Frank Lyman Beebe
Desert Hawking Harry McElroy
Desert Hawking II Harry McElroy
Falconry Humphrey Evans
Pirate of the Plains Bruce Haak
Hawking With Golden Eagles Martin Hollinshead
Observations on Modern Falconry R. Stevens
The Imprint Accipiter II Michael McDermott
Falconry Today Jack Samson
Falconry in Arabia Mark Allen
Falconry and Hawking Philip Glasier
American Hawking Z.W. Peetus & Jameson
Understanding the Bird of Prey Nick Fox

Episode 3: Goals as a Falconer

Many factors to consider in a very serious longterm commitment

Video Details

00:00 - 00:30 - Importance of filtering various sources to your own thoughts, needs and experience.
00:30 - 01:30 - Consider what type of falconry would work in your local environment
01:30 - 04:30 - Consider what your falconry goals are and if you have the commitment and resources to make it happen.
04:30 - 07:50 - Study the area within a ten mile from your home, determine id it can sustain your falconry goals.

Episode 4: Sponsor

The importance of a good sponsor

Video Details

00:00 - 00:20 Intro & Review
00:20 - 01:12 About apprenticeship and sponsor
01:12 - 02:59 Relationship between sponsor and apprentice
02:59 - 04:00 Problems without Strong Sponsor
04:00 - 05:25 Falconry misinformation
05:25 - 07:10 Ways to gather information
07:10 - Wrap-up and Conclusion

Episode 5: Local Conservation Officer

Creating and maintaining a good relationship with local conservation officers is an essential component for a falconer.

Video Details

00:00 - 00:20 Quick Recap
00:20 - 00:48 Relationship with Local Conservation Officer
00:48 - 03:17 Martin's story of a difficult introduction.
03:17 - 06:17 Ways and reasons to foster good relationships with local conservation officers.
06:17 - 11:05 Story of a difficult relationship
11:05 - 12:51 Summary & Conclusion

Special Livestream Falconry Q & A with Scout the Golden Eagle

Martin answers falconry questions

Video Details

02:45 - 04:02 Obstacles to becoming a falconer
04:02 - 05:40 I have heard Golden Eagles can show affection, is this true?
05:40 - 06:15 Do Golden Eagle eat fish?
06:15 - 09:00 Is there an age limit for someone who wants to become a falconer?
09:00 - 10:32 How big, old and how did you get Scout?
10:32 - 11:58 What is the lifespan of a Golden Eagle or other eagles?
11:58 - 14:21 Are these birds smart enough to be jealous, or territorial over Martin's attention?
14:21 - 24:46 What would you recommend as a first bird?
24:46 - 26:35 Scout is really vocal today. Is he talking to you?
26:35 - 30:48 Could you wear a gopro to get footage of him flying?
30:48 - 34:48 So birds must be highly food motivated?
34:48 - 41:48 Do you still handle them during the molt?
41:48 How does an apprentice capture their own hawk?
58:40 - 59:36 How to find a sponsor
59:36 - 1:03:00 Why not make it unlawful to sell falcons/hawks?
1:03:00 - 1:06:37 Are you aware of an increase in smaller hawks populations in urban and suburban areas?

Episode 6: Don't Let Falconry Control Your Life

Your falconry is not in a bubble, it involves the people in your life.

Video Details

00:00 - 01:25 Falconry affects the people in your life
01:25 - 01:47 When falconry rules, relationships are not stable
01:47 - 02:32 Falconry and marriage
02:32 - 03:10 Martin's relationship priorities
03:10 - 05:11 Tale of apprentice who decided falconry was too much
05:11 - 07:00 Falconry is an intimate part of your life

Series Q & A

Martin responds to questions/comments.

Video Details

00:00 - 01:04: Priscilla Salzberg - Are you ever going to get Belle a boyfriend or Scout a girlfriend?
01:04 - 05:13: David T - "The only thing I'll challenge is when you said the small brochure was "overkill." ...
05:13 - 09:29: Jack Hawk: I've been a falconer my entire life with the exception of the past few years because of the comment I'm about to make... The hardest part of falconry is having a long term home for your mews or birds location..
09:29 - 12:58: Art Doc: Martin - I thought you were dyslexic, or am I wrong?
12:58 - 13:50: Peter Hughes - Complete at least 1 degree in natural sciences ie biology, zoology, ecology, botany.
13:50 - 15:47: Teresa -
- Is it possible to import cotton tail and jack rabbits to help repopulate the area you are hunting?
- I have seen kestrels in my area. Would they make good birds for falconry?
15:47 - 18:30 Nicholas: I have seen videos of people hunting Grackles or Blackbirds (etc) from a car with small falcons. Can you comment on that?
18:30 - 19:57 David T - "The fools who think they can start with the biggest birds reminds me of many years ago.
19:57 - 21:16: M127 - This series got me watching a documentary about people in Mongolia with an ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles.
21:16 - 22:04: BudaKhan - How many different raptors do you have? I know of the golden eagle, falcon, and Cooper's Hawk(?).
22:04 - 23:10: Elizabeth Heiji - Here in Germany we take a class followed by a 4-part oral test and if we pass, we can get our falconry license. I did this and had not a clue how to handle a bird.
23:10 - 27:42: BudaKhan - The game warden should have lost his job for dealing with you that way.
27:42 - 28:54: Samtheman - Martin what a great story. We all have met a superior who disliked us, and the more you try to earn their respect they continue to pursue a confrontational relationship.
28:54 - 33:28: Gertrude West - I don't know Martin. Fish and Game have an attitude here in Tucson.
33:28 - 37:11: Lorrie Peek - Im wondering what the falconers can do that the game wardens dont like. Your just hunting your falcons.
37:11 - 42:15: Teddi Bryant - We always lose our tempers at times....part of human nature...I am medical & had such experiences(( & you can only go thru much !
42:15 - 44:09: Tyler Krug - What is the bad reputation of other falconers?
44:09 - 45:34: Tyler Krug - What did he think he was going to bust you for?
45:34 - 48:02: Budakhan - I hope one of things you cover in an episode is what's the cost of becoming a falconer, In terms of actual dollars.

Episode 7: Artform and Stewardship

Martin discusses his personal philosophies regarding the care and type of falconry he practices and how such methods apply to other aspects of his life.

Video Details

00:00 - 01:25 Intro about Martin's personal experience with falconry and how it has affected his way of life.
01:25 - 03:47 What Falconry is to Martin
03:47 - 05:35 Message about the commitment, responsibility and respect needed for your first falconry bird.
05:35 - 10:10 In falconry is always the falconer's fault
10:10 - 12:41 Applying trust and respect to other parts of your life
12:41 - 15:00 The unique type of "friendship" with a falconry bird
15:00 - 17:00 How falconry principles can apply in life
17:00 - 17:49 Conclusion and whats coming up

Episode 8: Housing/Mews

A tour of Martin's set-up for Scout the Golden Eagle, Belle the Harris Hawk and other chambers for rehab birds.

Video Details

00:00 - 00:38 Intro to housing for birds
00:38 - 00:58 Beginning of tour of Scout's chamber
00:58 - 01:56 About building materials
01:56 - 08:06 Inside Scout's Chamber
08:06 - 09:17 About use of cargo containers
09:17 - 10:00 About use of shed
10:00 - 10:21 About Weathering yard
10:24 - 13:00 About Chain link
13:00 - 14:15 Conclusion

Episode 9: Perches

An overview of the different types of perches for various types of birds and situations. Also a discussion about freelofting vs. tethered.

Video Details

00:00 - 00:30 Intro on Perches
00:30 - 02:00 Bow Perch
02:00 - 03:38 Ring Perch
03:38 - 04:54 Block perch
04:54 - 06:06 Screen Perch
06:06 - 07:50 Many perches for different reasons
07:50 - 13:40 About freelofting vs tethered
13:40 - 15:10 Barrel Perch in the house

Episode 10: Log & Base Weight

The importance of a log, scales and finding a base weight.

Episode 11: Coping Beaks

Martin discusses and demonstrates some basic about beak coping.

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