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Falconry in Syria

Date Created: 11 October 2012

The Oologist’s Exchange. Vol.1. Austin, Ill., February 1888. No.2. P.9.


Falconry in Syria

I have been out in the mountains to see them hunt; it is a most exciting scene. The emeers sit on horses, holding the falcons on their wrists; the woods are filled with their retainers, beating about and shouting, to start up and drive toward them the poor partridges. When near enough, the falcon is launched from the hand, and swoops down upon his victim like an eagle hasting to his prey. After he has struck his quarry, the falcon flies a short distance, and lights on the ground, amid the redoubled shouts of the sportsmen. The keeper darts forward, secures both: cuts the throat of the partridge, and allows its captor to suck its blood. This is his reward. Notwithstanding the exhilaration of the sport, I could never endure the falcon himself. There is something almost satanic in his eye, and in the ferocity with which he drinks the life-blood of his victim. – W.M.Thompson, D.D.

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