Our Logo was designed by the wonderful Julianne Irvine at Creative Owl in Tomintoul, and a fantastic Job she did for us. The picture is of a Falconry hood and for us and I am sure many other falconers is very iconic to the sport. It is considered one of the most important pieces of a falconer’s equipment.
The hood has been around for as long as falconry itself and the hoods and patterns we use today have barely changed in the thousands of years past.
The Hood has a variety of purposes and is first introduced to the bird during the manning process. Although not necessary during manning, as this is the period you want your bird to accustom itself to lots of new sights and sounds around him, this is the best time to introduce the process of hooding and de-hooding as both you and your bird are in the beginning stages.
As birds react visually the hood purpose is to block out sights and situations you don’t want them to see and keeps them calm, this then prevents a bird from baiting from its glove perch or cadge and causing injury to itself.
Situations you would hood your bird are out on the field before you are ready to hunt your quarry, or if you are at a field meet you will hood your bird while other falconers hunt their birds until it is your turn.
During transportation, as this keeps the bird calm on its cadge or in its box preventing injury and also to stop grabbing at other birds you may be transporting at the time.
You get different types of hood, Anglo-Indian Hood and Ditch hood are the two main ones used today, our own personal preference is a Dutch Hood.
Hopefully in a future blog post we will look into the hoods and equipment in more detail.
Darren & Clare
Darren and Clare
Husband and wife and owners of Speyside Falconry