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Offline carly

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Re: 2009 - Hobbies - England / RSPB New Forest
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2009, 17:45 »
What a beauty  :-*

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Re: 2009 - Hobbies - England / RSPB New Forest
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2009, 18:17 »
Are they like peregrines at all when it comes to flying?  Meaning do they require days of training or are they like other birds and they just leave the nest and have no problem flying on the first try?

No-one answered your question, Carly. I don't know the answer, since I have never seen a Hobby falcon fly, but I think they would need the same type of flight training time as peregrines. I don't think it would be an instant thing. Since the nest is in a tree, the chick will have a chance to start by branching - climbing and hopping around on the branches of the tree, and making short flights back and forth, before making an actual flight. Also, this nest must be closer to the ground than most peregrine nests.

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Re: 2009 - Hobbies - England / RSPB New Forest
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2009, 18:46 »
Thanks Alison.  I tried looking it up but couldnt find much detail out.  I hope the little guy/girl has a successful fledge...such a little cutie.  I always feel more for the ones alone.

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Re: 2009 - Hobbies - England / RSPB New Forest
« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2009, 10:59 »
Very cute chick  :-*  Are they like peregrines at all when it comes to flying?  Meaning do they require days of training or are they like other birds and they just leave the nest and have no problem flying on the first try? 

looking at some of the recent photos, I would suspect that hobbies are like American Kestrels, they jump from the nest in the week before they can actually fly and then they run around on the ground (in Wpg that means parking lots frequently) and then they start to fly - its thought that the running around helps strengthens wings since they are cavity nesting birds and not much room for wingercising.  But I'm not a hobby expert by any stretch just seems most likely ....