This is my friend’s new baby (eyass) northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). He is a captive bred, Russian/Finnish subspecies cross and is 100% ADORABLE. I pretty much screamed with glee every time he did anything.
My friend is a licensed falconer of the general class, so it is legal for her to own and raise this bird. He is destined to be a hunting hawk and under my friend’s care and training, I know he’s going to be one major badass by the beginning of the hunting season this fall. For now he’s wibbly, wobbly, and covered in cotton.
Northern goshawks are sort of the Ferraris of the falconry world. They are fast, extremely agile, and focused, but make a mistake and you will pay big time. They are not forgiving birds and they require very experienced falconers to handle and train them. I’m very excited to watch him grow and watch my friend train him. I want a goshawk eventually, but not until after a lot more experience with more forgiving raptors. I’ve been out hunting with several goshawks, and man, it’s a wonderful and intense experience. Their ability to move through the forest is like watching poetry in sharp, pointy motion.
I am just at a loss for words right now. How did I obtain such a beautiful being. Just absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait till she warms up to us.
She arrived yesterday however when we opened the box she just flew out so I just waited till night to put her in. I have a very high apt and there lost of places to perch so she pretty much stayed out of reach while she was out. I did leave food and water out for her and she ate and even tried to take a bath!
I’m not sure if you can see but her poops are very dark green but I think it’s from the stress of moving and plane and all that but next week I shall do a vet check when she settles more. So far she’s active and looking around preening good signs, nothing like tail bobing or distraught.
Also holy crap! She’s huge!!?!? I was expecting a little smaller like a normal feral but she looks bigger??? Already maximum borb.
So here she(could be he) is! @ramseyringnecks@tinysaurus-rex@skuttlebutts
I think I’m starting to see her personality already. She already wants someone to be in view and as I’m typing this she is giving me the stink eyes for not paying attention to her.