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Dangerously desirable: the white-morph gyr falcon commands sky-high prices

29 February 2020

9:00 AM

29 February 2020

9:00 AM

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Joshua Hammer

Simon & Schuster, pp.336, £18.99

The art of falconry is more than 3,000 years old and possibly as popular now as at any time. Its devotees argue that in a pure form it is a deeply honourable tradition, requiring superhuman patience to coax a magnificent predator to hunt at the owner’s behest. It is a relationship, they would also claim, of mutual understanding and partnership between hawk and human.

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