Is Nel rather smart or silly? Not in the negative context - he seems to be more sweet and cute, not deadly or murderous hawk
It’s actually really interesting you asked this because I was just discussing this the other day with a friend.
I’ve yet to see a falcon fly like a hawk. Not to say they can’t, I just personally haven’t seen it.
Tyr was sweet and derpy but there was a frenzy to his hunting. He hunted and chased as if catching that squirrel was life and death. Often times he would fly into things and hurt himself in his pursuit of game. That bird would preen my hair and possibly tried to court me (brought me sticks lol) but he loved to hunt and kill.
Nel chases after birds very quickly, and there are times I genuinely worry about him, like if the bird heads towards a road, or barb wire fence. But he chases almost as if it’s a fun thing to do. He isn’t desperate. That’s not to say he isn’t a killer. He is. He just has…more finesse and thought about it. He doesn’t crash brush much chasing birds. Tyr would slam things after game.
It may be a passage vs captive bred thing is well. I’ve just never seen a falcon, even two of my friends passage peregrines act like a red tail when chasing game. Even Ender my jack…it comes across as something they do for fun, not for survival if that makes sense? And maybe it is since many small falcons will cache and keep killing.
Nel is definitely smart and sweet, and endearing. He enjoys being around me and that’s not anthropomorphizing him. He calls for me when I get home until I hang out with him. He likes to hang out on my shoulder even if I don’t have food. It’s very bizarre to see a raptor act like this. Tyr seemed to like me but he was very aloof about it. Nel is like a clingy bubbly boyfriend. Lol. I’m just glad he likes the hubby as much as me. He will also abandon sitting on me if anyone tall is in the field.
But anyway! He is sweet. And smart. And a killer. He definitely enjoys what we do, but he is more relaxed about it all.Hopefully that answers your question! Sorry if I rambled some!