Feb 1, 2016 at 8:32 am #3379436Feb 1, 2016 at 8:53 am #3379443KatttBPL Member
I bit. :)Feb 1, 2016 at 9:07 am #3379449Ben CBPL Member
Trying to one-up Kat and her big cats?Feb 1, 2016 at 11:11 am #3379478D MBPL Member
@farwalkerLocale: What, ME worry?
That’s why we took the keys away from Granny…..Feb 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm #3379530Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
.Feb 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm #3379565
it’s okay ken
– E.E. Cummings –Feb 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm #3379602Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
.Feb 2, 2016 at 8:26 am #3379640Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
Nice! You should make that your avatar.Feb 2, 2016 at 8:51 am #3379648
Replace the only true avatar on BPL with a lower case falcon?
As a young man I made a good living rehabilitating those poor falcons.Feb 3, 2016 at 2:46 am #3379837Dave GreyBPL Member
Nice one Nick, if 2 whole months early :)
DaveFeb 3, 2016 at 7:18 am #3379853Jennifer MitolBPL Member
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
those are so rare to actually see in their real habitat! Nice catch, Nick!Feb 3, 2016 at 8:18 am #3379862
I didn’t take the picture. I was a cadet at the US Air Force Academy and our mascot was a falcon. Some of my classmates email great pictures of falcons occasionally and this is the first of this particular species.
During football games at home, the falcon handlers often were the halftime show. It was amazing to watch the falcons soar high over the stadium and then dive to catch the bait provided by the handlers.
We cadets were resourceful and mischievous, especially during football season. We stole Army’s mule and the Naval Academy’s goat, Bill. The coolest prank, I think in 1969, was when we went up to Colorado University and stole their mascot, Ralphie. Ralphie was a buffalo and destroyed the first horse trailer, so we had to commandeer a larger trailer and bring him to Colorado Springs. We gave the buffalo back at halftime. The newspapers had a field day… You see, Ralphie was actually a female and when they brought her back to CU, she was examined by a vet. She was okay, and they also found out she was pregnant. Being an all male school, we got blamed for that :)Feb 3, 2016 at 10:06 am #3379886Gary DunckelBPL Member
Nick, I can’t believe that you Zoomies actually stole Ralphie. Navy’s billy goat I can understand, and Army’s mule (sort of), but a full-grown bison? It would be a bit hard for Army and Navy to get even with you guys. I mean, how easy can it be to capture a falcon when it doesn’t want to be captured?
It was nice of you to give Ralphie back to CU. If CSU stole her, they would probably have had a campus BBQ.Feb 3, 2016 at 10:39 am #3379890
Gary, I checked it out. It was 1970.Feb 3, 2016 at 11:35 am #3379898Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Colorado Plateau
When I was in my late-teens/early 20s (pre-backpacking), I used to herd a wild Mustang.
The Mustang was similar to Nick’s Falcon in that it was composed of metal.
During my Mustang herding days, I was called “Paulie” by relatives and friends (they still do when I visit back East), had a leather jacket and, god help me, a gold chain.
There are no photos documenting this Mustang herding. I plan to keep it that way…Feb 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm #3383934Backpack JackBPL Member
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
Wow, I’ve heard of these, the Red Tail (light) white speckled tree Falcon.
Very rare indeed, 1st one I’ve ever seen though.
JackOct 17, 2017 at 1:13 am #3497191Mike BBPL Member
Where are the other 2?
Usually those hang out as trio’s………….
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