Fledgling Days

Fledgling Days

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes her dedication to the art of falconry from her first encounter with a falcon at the age of eight, to her decision to open a falconry school in the English countryside

Blackwell North Amer
Falconry has been historically the sport of royalty and traditionally a pursuit of men. Emma Ford is neither, yet she has become one of the most acclaimed falconers in the world today.
Ford's is in many ways an idyllic childhood, set in the enclosed world of the Chilham Castle estate with her best friends Whitney, an orphaned owlet, Bella, a feisty miniature poodle, and Cobweb, a nanny goat with a severe attitude problem. When, at age eight, Emma encounters her first falcon, she is mesmerized. Soon she is given Wally, a Wahlburgs Eagle almost half her size, to train, and her fascination for birds of prey turns into a lifetime's passion. She vows at an early age to spend the rest of her life living and working in the countryside with a hawk on her hand. She learns the ancient skills of falconry and begins to make her own collection of hawks, starting with Pogle the kestrel, who arrives in a very bad mood. Her reputation as a young falconer eventually spreads to the film community and as far as Sheik Zaid of Abu Dabi, one of the world's greatest falconers, who invites Emma to his country to share her techniques with him.
Filled with a cast of eccentric characters and movingly written, Emma Ford's story will enchant all animal lovers and all those who have followed or want to follow their childhood dreams.

Publisher: Overlook Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780879519476
Branch Call Number: B Emma Ford
B Emma Ford
Characteristics: 246 p


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