Flying With the Falcons in ‘Peregrine Spring’ by Nancy Cowan

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Cover for Peregrine Spring by Nancy CowanThis is one woman’s journey through the world of falconry, from raw beginner to master falconer, a glimpse of another world and way of working with animals. In Peregrine Spring, Nancy Cowan takes her readers into modern day falconry. She writes of jess’s, hoods, lures, and lines, and above all, the birds, introducing many of the birds she has trained and hunted with.

Peregrine Spring introduces readers to the joy of watching a hawk fly at prey, of the beauty of those moments when a dog, a hawk, and a human mesh to form one hunting team. Cowan writes of showing her birds at schools and events and seeing them through other’s eyes. readers learn, through her, of the many kinds of raptor falconers handle and of the range of behavior among the different species, and among the individuals in each species as she introduces the birds she has trained over the years. She describes the birds’ many, and breathtaking skills.

She also makes it clear that one has to be tough to be a falconer. She has had her wrist gripped so tightly that she felt the bones of the wrist rub and has had a goshawk’s talon. This, she is quick to note, is due to instincts the birds have deeply buried; a hawk isn’t a pet, it’s a partner. Cowan has lost birds to age, illness, and, in one case, to a wild raptor and has learned of the death of a bird she had just rehabilitated and released into the wild.

Yet the bids remain beautiful, and Cowan remains in love with them.

Peregrine Spring probably won’t inspire people to go out and take up falconry. It will give readers a new appreciation for the beauty and skill of raptors, and a respect for the people tough enough to live with them.

Peregrine Spring is out March 1, 2016. To order, click the link in the title.

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