Beach-Front Falconer

When I saw this man stepping out of his cart with the falcon, I asked if he charged for people to photograph the bird. Turned out he was taking "Lia" to the beach to fly and invited me to come along and take all the pictures I'd like; would I please send him some.

I'm posting this as I've had no free time to go through other pictures, and this was certainly a cool encounter. I got several nice pictures of Lia, and one as she took off (rigged out with a GPS tracker...only she wouldn't come back!) He knew where she was and finally said he had to go get her! He had some interesting stories he shared, and he invited me to return to take more photos, so I'm hoping for some bird-in-flight practice!

We did so many interesting things over the course of the day, and I can hardly wait to return to Catalina in another month for a Chihuly exhibit! It's my new favorite vacation place! (I can't believe we've lived out here for over 40 years and I've come only for day trips scattered over that time!)
You would be careful with your camera to get the best photos available for this situation! A great result here!
posted March 7th, 2018  
Wonderful capture!! ALSO, can't wait to see your pics of the Chihuly exhibit!! I absolutely love his work!!
posted March 7th, 2018  
Fabulous shot I would have loved to have seen this....... What an experience for you. At the right spot at the right time.
posted March 7th, 2018  
What an amazing experience. Glad you had the opportunity to photograph this.
posted March 7th, 2018  
It’s obviously much warmer where you are as it, is looks like a summer day - short sleeves etc. Fav for this lovely shot
posted March 7th, 2018  
How wonderful is this?! Chihuly at Catalina Island? Oh my, that will be out of this world!
posted March 7th, 2018  
Great shot of the man and his bird.
( Not long ago I saw on TV a man living quiet near us rasing Falcon`s for sale. Most to Saudi Arabia. )
posted March 7th, 2018  
Can't wait to see some Chihuly pictures!
posted March 7th, 2018  
great capture
posted March 7th, 2018  
What an interesting meeting this was plus photo opportunities for BIF shots! A bonus all round! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy! Fav!
posted March 7th, 2018  
What a great encounter
posted March 7th, 2018  
Lucky you!
posted March 8th, 2018  
You must've had such an exciting time watching all the action. Pity Lia didn't come back as desired.
posted March 8th, 2018  
A wonderful meeting that resulted in this great shot. Lucky that Lia was wearing a GPS tracker.
posted March 8th, 2018  
I wouldn't come back if I were Lia. Not if he kept sticking nails in my head, as it appears he's done here! What a great opportunity - jealous!
posted March 8th, 2018  
What a great experience :)
posted March 8th, 2018  
What a cool shot Louise!
posted March 8th, 2018  
Fascinating "pet" to have - I think birds like this are never truly man's to have, they gift themselves to you for a while. Wonderful majestic things. Nice portrait.
posted March 8th, 2018  
Lovely shot, what a great, chance encounter :)
posted March 8th, 2018  
A great shot, I love the light and shadows.
posted March 12th, 2018  
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