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The best maiden I've ever had!!!!

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Well, on a glorious sunny friday morning, (yesterday) I had the best maiden I have ever had in my years of flying! It was also the most nervous I have ever been during a maiden voyage!
In typical fashion, all you really have to worry about on a maiden is how well your thumbs will work, how the equipment will perform, how good the design is etc.
Well, this maiden was different, I knew my thumbs wouldn't be an issue, I knew the equipment would perform flawlessly, and the design, well, nothing out there will ever match the design, the only variable was....

She could think for herself, and would she come back??????

Yes, yesterday morning my young Peregrine falcon took to the skies for the first time free. No creance (line) attached to her, nothing to keep her from flying away except for her training.
This is the first bird of prey I have ever trained, and what a feeling to see her come back to me! She left from the perch I set her on, flew past me, turned, flew past again, and after one more turn, she grabbed her lure and landed, ate her reward and happily jumped up onto my glove again.

If it wasn't for the sick to my stomach feeling from the nerves, I really think I would have had tears in my eyes! It was truly one of the best moments of my life, nothing in RC has ever matched that feeling.

These birds are not like dogs, they don't come back because they love you, they don't come back because they're scared of not being with you, they come back because it's what you've taught them and they know you will give them a reward, it might not be an emotional attachment, but to be able to train a wild animal, and one that will always retain it's wild instinct, is a feeling like none other.

After I flew her, one of the master falconers I was with told me "I have seen more falconers, new and very experienced alike lose peregrines on the first flight. They are probably the most difficult bird to train and have them come back. Your bird did just what she was supposed to do, good job"

Had I known that about Peregrines, I probably wouldn't have taken a Peregrine as my first bird, but I am so glad I did, she is a wonderful bird and I can't wait to fly her again! Oh, guess I should go, I'm going to go fly her again

Jeremy
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Are you going to put a cool airbrush paint job on her :-)
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Are you going to put a cool airbrush paint job on her :-)

Nah, nature already painted feathers on her way better than I could ever hope to! haha
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Is there a jet maiden in there as well?
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That is way cool! Congratulations.
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That is way cool! Congratulations.
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BTW, where's the video!
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nice looking bird. good job on the training.

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Was thinking about you last night watching a show called Ariel Assassins on National Geographic, All about Harris awks in Arizona. Was wondering if you were still training or not. Good Job! Here in Ohio you have to start out with a Red Tail Hawk or a Kestral, till you get your Masters License, then you can move on to other types of birds.

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nice looking bird. good job on the training.

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Is there a jet maiden in there as well?

Nope,,, just one bad azz bird!!!!
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Thats totally kewl. Try and have somebody take a video next flight and post it. I would love to see that Bird in action.
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Jeremy,  sounds like quite the rush...  Beautiful Bird !!!!
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Is this bird being trained to take down EDF's?
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Hi Jeremy,

Congratulations, a great reward for a lot of hard work!

Fly4Fun,

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Nice job. She looks beautiful! Get a video next flight!
Thanks for sharing.

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We used to have a Peregrine falcon living at our flying field. It was awesome to watch it dive. I have not seen it in a year.
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Sir, that's one beautiful creature, glad the maiden  flight went so well, Russell.
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there must be a bird forum somewhere
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there must be a bird forum somewhere
I agree not sure quite what this has to do with RC Jets
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DUDE....... that must have been quite the rush, a natural high. Thanks for sharing your very rare feat. Now I want a falcon. Not really,  it would eat my chickens, although, the guineas might be ok.
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Put one of those GOPRO cameras on a little neck band
and you will be amazed even more!!!!
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Awesome, this is really one of the best maiden... and best article to read in the morning including comments.
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Man....that was neat. Man melding with animals and the animals melding with them is a feeling unlike anything else you can experience. Thanks for the post man.
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Well, on a glorious sunny friday morning, (yesterday) I had the best maiden I have ever had in my years of flying! It was also the most nervous I have ever been during a maiden voyage!
In typical fashion, all you really have to worry about on a maiden is how well your thumbs will work, how the equipment will perform, how good the design is etc.
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Yes, yesterday morning my young Peregrine falcon took to the skies for the first time free. No creance (line) attached to her, nothing to keep her from flying away except for her training.
This is the first bird of prey I have ever trained, and what a feeling to see her come back to me! She left from the perch I set her on, flew past me, turned, flew past again, and after one more turn, she grabbed her lure and landed, ate her reward and happily jumped up onto my glove again.

If it wasn't for the sick to my stomach feeling from the nerves, I really think I would have had tears in my eyes! It was truly one of the best moments of my life, nothing in RC has ever matched that feeling.

These birds are not like dogs, they don't come back because they love you, they don't come back because they're scared of not being with you, they come back because it's what you've taught them and they know you will give them a reward, it might not be an emotional attachment, but to be able to train a wild animal, and one that will always retain it's wild instinct, is a feeling like none other.

After I flew her, one of the master falconers I was with told me ''I have seen more falconers, new and very experienced alike lose peregrines on the first flight. They are probably the most difficult bird to train and have them come back. Your bird did just what she was supposed to do, good job''

Had I known that about Peregrines, I probably wouldn't have taken a Peregrine as my first bird, but I am so glad I did, she is a wonderful bird and I can't wait to fly her again! Oh, guess I should go, I'm going to go fly her again

Jeremy
Sounds to me like the falcon bonded with you. Congrats! You're a new dad to the bird.
What's the falcon's name?

Advantages:
You can fly it from any field, even your back yard.
No altitude restriction.
No speed or weight restrictions.
No AMA or FAA regulations to concern yourself with.
You never have to worry about a crash.
Always a perfect landing.
You can take your own pictures and videos of it as it flys ... can't do that with a jet!
You can fly it on windy days and not worry about crosswinds.

Disadvantages:
It can't do a 4-point roll ... but who cares!
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These are not Falcons but I think An Eagle hunting.

At the end of the video there will be some new choices. One will be hunters using eagles to hunt fox and wolf. Well worth watching.

Stan


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