Had a great weekend at the Sečovce Falconry Meet near Dargov in East Slovakia. We got a bus from Kosice to the hotel the falconers all stay at, met everyone for breakfast and then hopped in their cars to spend the day hunting.
I spent both days with the Eagles but there was also another group of Hawks and a group of Falcons.
We had 12 Golden Eagles with us (compared to 9 last year) with falconers from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany; some of the eagles came from China, Turkey and Kazakhstan.
We walk along the field in a line with two people between each eagle, then whenever a hare or deer runs the closest eagle is flown from the fist after it.
On the lookout for hare with Kiani and Lubo.
Lubomir Engler, the organiser of the meet, with his Golden Eagle.
Josef Hiebeler from Hiebeler's Birds Of Prey Breeding Center in Austria.
Max, an apprentice falconer, from Germany caught his first fox on Sunday afternoon with a great flight from his eagle. He was delighted with the quarry and the fellow falconers all congratulated him with a little ceremony and lots of photos at the end of the day.