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Book A Merlin for Me The expanded, narrative journal of a British falconer's season with an eyas (captive bred) merlin
2227 A Merlin for Me The expanded, narrative journal of a British falconer's season with an eyas (captive bred) merlin Loft John

The expanded, narrative journal of a British falconer's season with an eyas (captive bred) merlin; includes thoughts on and descriptions of skylark hawking (modern and classical), and the hunting of trained and wild merlins in general.

1999 Privately published Briar Cottage Julian Bower Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9QN 310 pages English 0 9535881 0 6

John Loft has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this book.

toc.doc AMerlinforMecover.jpg Cover of the Book

A MERLIN FOR ME BY JOHN LOFT CONTENTS List of illustrations and verse viii JULY Bringing the Eyass Home 3 An introduction to the plan and character of the book Catching Up and Furnishing 12 Jesses, swivel, and bell, with other possibilities Taming the Tame 17 Different approaches to training and the eyass's attitude to them Teaching the Tame 27 Handling and hooding. Weathering. Calling off. Lure and creance Confessions of an Old Hand 43 Misjudgements of condition and other mistakes The End of Basic Training 47 Rules and Regulations and the dates of the season HISTORY Notes on the History of the Flight with Merlins 53 Before Michell Michell, Man and Author 62 Man, Author, and Falconer AUGUST First Outings 73 To Maltby, Locker, and Bridge Farms Hawking Grounds 93 Choosing and finding them. Moor and Field. The "Green Revolution" Trouble 97 Carrying and a possible remedy Combined Operations 109 Lark tactics. Achates. Double flights Hack 122 Different methods. Its benefits. Reflections Last Week in August 139 Foxes. Terrified larks. First high flight The Quarry 145 Its feet. Its feathers. its moult SEPTEMBER Daily Records: Log and Journal 161 Retrieving. Nettles. Doors and windows. Pipits A Night Out 169 Recovering a truant. Telemetry and markers Further Entries 179 High winds. Use of dogs. Flying a Cast 186 Pros and cons Highfield and Lambcroft Prey preferences 193 Quarry taken and quarry chosen North American Merlins 197 Possible quarries Alternative Quarry 204 Starlings. Cries of distress. Snipe. Accidents Refusals at AnyTime 213 Causes of refusal. Intermewed merlins Late September 222 Passage larks. Highest flight so far The Fight for Height 225 Not again! Singing Skylarks 230 A scientist investigates Carry and Cache 239 Vice or virtue The Shout 243 A great man Late Season Refusals 245 A change of management Exercise at the Lure 248 Possible benefits. Lure-bound merlins Closing Entries 260 Timing a flight. Changing pilots OCTOBER End of Season Blues 267 Progress at lure. Testing at Maltby Wild Flights 271 Hunting methods observed No More Ringers 279 A scientist gives enlightenment A New Style 287 The benefit of exercise A Last Look 290 A last flight WINTER The Last Word 301 A great achievement Index 307 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS AND VERSE ILLUSTRATIONS Andrew Haslen: Cast in action (1) Cover and Frontispiece Helen Macdonald: Bath-time 42 Fingers Feathers Feet 102 Eyasses at the hack-board 132 Flight concluded 159 Pointer at the put-in. Pog and Dot 183 Merlin away 185 Cast in action (2) 188 Silhouettes 192 Black merlin 203 Merlin and jack travelling 210 On the wing 212 Jack at the block 221 Merlin-man up-to-date 304 Peter Upton: A stylish Michell 62 A dashing Michell 66 Michell's house near Bruton 69 Lure-flying. Pulling through 251 An older Michell 264 Author: Hack-board 2 A good strong head 10 Snap-link and swivel 13 Hood 16 Lark-tailed lure 38 In the reign of Elizabeth I 51 Portrait 71 Roland's hack-tower 125 Owl feathers 130 Fox's mask 140 Watching a high flight 144 Lark's foot 147 Lark's wing 152 In transit 168 Hawking-bag 229 Full-winged lark. December 297 VERSE On Taking up an Eyass 12 Away with it! 23 Bioscope 33 Panegyric 70 Chanson de l'Emerillon 82 Apologia 87 The Wolds 96 Fallacies 118 Jubilees 138 Ode 145 The Bird-Spotters 148 Caught in the Air 158 Progress 169 Field Meeting 185 Saltmarsh: A Sonnet 204 Gather Ye Skylarks 222 The Pretty Lark ... 230 Wildest Hawks 238 Darwinian Discourse 262 Ditty 267 Brief History 270 Envoy 297

Link Hawking. From Turberville's Book of Falconry, reproduced in Shakespeare's England.  
2425 Hawking. From Turberville's Book of Falconry, reproduced in Shakespeare's England. http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/hawking.html Hawking. From Turberville's Book of Falconry, reproduced in Shakespeare's England.
Book La chasse au vol au fil des temps. 268 pp. La chasse au vol au fil des temps. 5 juin - 23 octobre 1994. Musee International de la Chassse - Gien. 1994. 268 pp.
2374 La chasse au vol au fil des temps. 268 pp. La chasse au vol au fil des temps. 5 juin - 23 octobre 1994. Musee International de la Chassse - Gien. 1994. 268 pp. Edited by Catherine Parpoil and Thierry Vincent

La chasse au vol au fil des temps. 5 juin - 23 octobre 1994. Musee International de la Chassse - Gien. 1994. 268 pp.

1994 Library of Dr.Nick Fox Musee International de la Chassse - Gien. Gien, France. 268 p. English and French

Zoologie Présentation generale des oiseaux de proie. L.Peru. 15. Nature des oiseaux de vol, leurs compétences. L.Peru. 21. Les spécificites de l'augle royal. J.P.Vidal. 23. Approche medicale et chirurgicale: faucon et autour. J.Guerry. 25. Inter-relation entre la migration et la capture des rapaces pour la fauconnerie. Th.Vincent. 31. Reproduction en captivité des oiseaux de fauconnerie. B.Prevost. 44. La chasse au vol autrefois en Europe. La chasse au vol medievale. B. Van den Abeele. 51. Heur et malheur de la vervelle a faucon ou l'erreur de Schlegel et Verster von Wulverhorst. Th.Vincent. 72. Le "traité de Fauconnerie" par Schlegel et Vertser van Wulverhost. P.Tuijn. 95. Le gerfaut d'Islande, prérogative royale. S.Fuks et C.Parpoil. 109. La chasse au vol en France a l'epoque médievale et sous l'Ancien Regime. C.Parpoil. 114. Les significations symboliques du faucon dans l'illustration des bibles moralisées de la première moitié du 13 siecle. F. Garnier. 135. En marge de la fauconnerie française: la cormorannerie et la pêche au cormoran. Th.Vincent. 143. Quand les guépardiers rivalisaient de savoir-faire avec les fauconniers. Th.Vincent. 153. La chasse au vol dans les quelques autres pays d'Europe, hier et aujourd'hui: La fauconnerie en Belgique à travers les ages. P.Van Ende et C.Parpoil. 163. La fauconnerie a "Het Loo", Hollande. P.Tuijn. 167. La fauconnerie britannique au 19è siecle. C.Parpoil. 170. La fauconnerie en Allemagne. B.E.Ergert. 174. Espagne: La fauconnerie et sa bibliographie du 14 au 20 siecle. X.Trias de Bes. 177. Fauconnier et Maroquinier d'art. G.Pirrotta. 182. La chasse au vol hors de l'Europe La chasse au vol en Extreme-Orient. J.M.Bugniot. 187. La fauconnerie arabe. P.Paillat. 193. La chasse au vol en France depuis le 19è siecle P.-A.Pichot, ardent defenseur de la chasse au vol en France. C.Parpoil. 201. Jack Frost, fauconnier du Docteur Arbel. Th.Vincent et C.Parpoil. 217. Chasse au vol d'aujourd'hui, chasse au vol de toujours. E.Fougeron. 219. Utilisation de la fauconnerie sur les aerodromes. B.Prevost. 224. Projet de lutte contre les nuisances aviaires. Th.Vincent. 226. La chasse au vol grand sujet d'inspiration artistique 233. Glossaire 266.

Artefact A Young Man with a Falcon by Jan Boeckhorst A Young Man with a Falcon by Johan Boeckhorst
2894 A Young Man with a Falcon by Jan Boeckhorst A Young Man with a Falcon by Johan Boeckhorst 01/11/2013

A Youn Man with a Falcon by Dutch artist Johan Boeckhorst (1604-1668). CIrca 1630. Royal Collection.

Johan Boekchorst (1604-1668) The Internet Unknown Royal Collection, UK http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bockhorst_Young_Man.jpg A Young Man with a Falcon File_Bockhorst Young Man.pdf A Young Man witha Falcon by Jan Boeckhorst Bockhorst_Young_Man.jpg A Young AMn with a FAlcon by Johan Boeckhorst
Link Allies of the Air - film on the falconry worldwide  
2443 Allies of the Air - film on the falconry worldwide http://www.transglobe.es/documentales/catalogo/en/producidosdetalle/77 Allies of the Air - film on the falconry worldwide
Link Ancient Falconry by Dr.Keith Dobney  
2468 Ancient Falconry by Dr.Keith Dobney http://www.firstscience.com/SITE/articles/dobney.asp Ancient Falconry by Dr.Keith Dobney
Link Ancient Falconry by Keith Dobney  
2283 Ancient Falconry by Keith Dobney http://www.firstscience.com/SITE/articles/dobney.asp Ancient Falconry by Keith Dobney
Artefact Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1 Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1
2615 Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1 Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1 10/12/2008

Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1 20th century. Fits Merlin. 5.75R Jack Mavrogordato pattern.

Bill Ruttledge Mark Upton Roger C. Upton England FHT0040_demohr.jpg Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 1 FHT0040_demo.jpg FHT0040_demo.jpg
Artefact Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3 Anglo-Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3
2617 Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3 Anglo-Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3 10/12/2008

Anglo-Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3. England. Made at 20th century. Fits Merlin.

Bill Ruttledge Mark Upton Roger C. Upton England FHT0042a_demohr.jpg Anglo Indian Hood by Bill Ruttledge 3 FHT0042_demo.jpg FHT0042_demo.jpg
Artefact Anglo Indian Hood by Col Hendley Anglo Indian Hood by Col Hendley
2546 Anglo Indian Hood by Col Hendley Anglo Indian Hood by Col Hendley 21/05/2008

Anglo Indan Hood by Col Hendley from England. 1950's.

Col. Hendley Mark Upton Roger C. Upton England FHT0030_demo.jpg Anglo Indian Hood by Col Hendley FHT0030_demohr.jpg FHT0030_demohr.jpg