Thursday, March 15, 2007
Hawk and Dog Photo
A number of readers commented on this image of Rina (whippet) and Smash (Harris' hawk). It was taken earlier this year during a hunt in SE Louisiana. The photographer is Sid Seruntine, a friend of the landowner who graciously invited us to hunt his property.
In this picture, the hawk and dog have chased a bird about 35 yards and into cover, and are about to roust it from its hiding place. I can't remember if this one went down the hatch, but do recall that Rina and Smash both caught birds that day.
Over the course of this past season, these two forged a serious and deadly partnership, and something of a friendly competition too. Working together, we were able to hunt a great deal more effectively over marginal ground---something more essential every year in my dwindling stable of hawking spots.