Pez, the hero of several previous blogs, is our peppy little Australian Hobby, a whole bunch of fun and our newest star, having just debuted in the Bird Show a couple of weeks ago. Our last blog spoke about the training process and that sometimes they, as we, make mistakes and Monday was one of those moments.
I was lure flying Pez in the 3PM show. He was doing his usual thing, stooping above the audience and following his lure. This time, it went slightly haywire … he misjudged and crash landed into my face. Ouch!
Pez is absolutely fine. After his crash landing, Pez appeared to be stunned. I think he was just as shocked as me. As you can imagine it is not something that often happens, and, in fact, Pez has never done that before. When hunting in the wild, falcons are unsuccessful most of the time when attempting to catch their prey, so it is not at all surprising Pez misjudged as he did and just part of the way falcons hunt. As soon as we were off-stage, he bounced back and started to eat his reward, which for me was a very good sign.
Before I left I checked in on Pez and he was his usual happy self. The next morning he was fine and I flew him separately from the show to make sure everything was ok before he flew later that day in show. Each time Pez flew normally, which I was extremely pleased about, although I don’t know if I’d like him to use my face as a landing pad again. He packs a punch!
Come by and see him. He’s a great little bird, our second smallest species of falcon, and very, very fast!
Bird show trainer, Brendan