I had an interesting experience this morning. I was at my usual haunt in Marana, photographing raptors and a car pulled up as I was shooting this juvenile Red Tailed Hawk as he was sitting on a telephone pole. The occupants were just sitting in the car observing what I was doing. After the hawk left and flew down a few poles away, I approached the car and we exchanged “good mornings” and the gentleman said that he was a master falconer and his apprentice wanted to capture that hawk as his first bird. I didn’t like that idea but what could I do except object. I watched as they went about their task of trapping this hawk. After they had him I approached and took a few shots. So beautiful, and not meant to be a captive. He didn’t sustain any injuries and was just a gorgeous bird, but I sure didn’t like the idea of him losing his freedom, but they were not to be disuaded. So I left them about their business. I know that falconers treat their birds well, but how can anyone deny these icons of freedom their very freedom? I was a bit saddened by this experience.
Shot in Marana AZ