In his first season ‘Amos’ was entered on game birds, after he’d taken 20 head and was showing very good potential he was retired early to a pen. Amos had finished his moult by the second week in August and his training was started. Now weighing 1lb 11oz training progressed quickly and he was free after five days. Getting him fit was very easy and Amos was ready for the field in no time.
September 1st saw Amos take his first adult cock partridge with style, he would return to the fist over any distance and was well rewarded with every kill with a head and neck were his prize. Amos worked really well with dogs and knew his providers, he went on to do very well on grey partridge and duck he would fly hard and was very persistent, he never missed a wing beat.
Flown everyday Amos was becoming very fit and hardly missed and quarry pursued, in one memorable week he took pheasant, duck, partridge, wood pigeon and a wood cock. As a social imprint Amos loved to be with me and the dogs, there were very few days when flown in company Amos would actually miss game he loved people and was almost a show off he really was the ‘Boy.’
Pheasants were his favoured quarry and his spectacular mid air flights were outstanding, one day on the Weardale fells he took five out of five, four cock pheasants and a hen all were taken in fine style.
Amos was a true hawk he was flown everyday at game birds and would not be let down he was quiet at home and also in the field, nothing would phase this little hawk and was very well mannered, he would fly like a bullet and went hell for leather on every slip he was truly a warrior. My two good hawking pals Frank Duffy and Spencer Burgo witnessed his style, performance and many outstanding flights.
I must say Amos was the best Hawk I’ve ever had the pleasure to fly, he was ready to go at any time and place anywhere and is said by many whom saw him fly to be the best male Gos they had had the pleasure to see fly. He truly was a warrior, I miss him.
From 1st September 2005 – 28th October 2005
Flying at 1lb 13 3/4
1 Wood Pigeon
1 Wood Cock
1 Water Hen