Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bat Falconry?

Couldn't resist posting this re comments below...

7 comments:

Matt Mullenix said...

Funny!

...Almost as exotic as flying bats at birds, a friend and I flew a kestrel of kestrels at bats a couple times one summer. No luck but some very neat twighlight flights!

Then, a following year, his merlin caught a red bat and ate it in a tree, speding the night out for our trouble.

Also: I have seen a wild Cooper's hawk hunting bats, which, unlike the sweeping stoops by redtails into big groups that have been filmed at cave sites; this was a one-on-one affair that called for every bit of the considerable agility of the Cooper's hawk.

Matt Mullenix said...

I meant "cast of kestrels" :-)

Reid Farmer said...

HA! Should have known someone had thought of that before!

Moro Rogers said...

What does the caption say? "Not enough blood donors this year?"

Steve Bodio said...

Just the date-- yours is much better.

Steve Bodio said...

Incidentally, Matt, the red bat is a Lasiurus like the hoary and noctule, but probably too small to get birds.

dearieme said...

This might interest you
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/20/ngulls20.xml