These trips are the highlight of my season and uniformly fun and productive hawking adventures. I've posted about them here and elsewhere, but below are a few snapshots from this year's event.
Our base camp at the home of good friends, the Walkers: Here pictured are my partners Eric and Diana Edwards (left), Jimmy Walker (center) and Matt Reidy on right. Jimmy's goshawk Vinney got to spend a little quality time with the family.
I drove up with the Edwardses, who brought their pointing lab, a passage merlin and a red-naped shaheen.
Eric's merlin on a House sparrow taken in a neat, snappy flight around the corner of a farm fence.
Here's one of me and Ernie on our first pheasant, ever. It was a big day for both of us.
A beautiful bird, both in feather and out of it.
Of rabbits, we had plenty. Here we are at the first spot we hunted on Monday morning. Some of these places are regular haunts, and my friends will note my wardrobe changes little from year to year. So these hero shots get a little repetitive, but I love them.