On the 14th June I made the journey down to Mick & Julie at M&J Raptors to pick up my 18 day old 50/50 white Imprint female who we named Sky.
On arrival Julie took me round the back to see Mick who was on feeding duty lol and out the corner of my eye I could see this ball of pure white sat down in a imprint tank with a great big crop and food all round it’s mouth, I chuckled to myself as she look really funny with her massive feet.
Mick came down from feeding some chicks and said what do you think of her then? I think the massive grin on my face said it all, she is stunning I replied! To say I was happy was a understatement I just couldn’t wait to get her home to show the wife and kids!
She penned out at 3lb 5 1/4oz and once I was 100% happy she was hard penned I upped the training as didn’t want to do any damage to that beautiful long white tail, she went free at 3lb 3/4oz and I started working on her fitness as there was a lot of cover about so it was hard to get anywhere near any rabbit warrens, I had my son Ross running across fields dragging a dead rabbit or pheasant carcass just to get her switched on to feather and fur.
She has excellent manners on a kill with no aggression what so ever towards me or the dogs and she would let me put my bare hands in and help her on the kill and feed her off it which I was very happy about.
Her weight is steadily increasing and she is currently hunting at 3lb 2 3/4oz to 3lb 3oz her recall is good to that weight and her power and hunting tenacity is unbelievable, I’m still in our on how hard she puts the power down off the fist!!
I have heard people say you will only have 1 bird in your lifetime that is something special and I can honestly say Sky is that bird, I truly can’t thank Mick & Julie at M&J Raptors for breeding such and amazing Goshawk!!
Thank you guys