August 2009. Learning to fly... a very young and quite spontaneous Harris hawk at a falconry in Ireland. Harris hawks are among the only birds of prey that can be flown by foreigners - they usually live in big flocks and accept other birds too, not only the nearest relatives, which makes them ideal for falconry courses.
Flying such a young bird is a lot of fun, they are not very experienced and settle on branches that are far too weak to carry them... or they get excited when they see a root lying in the grass, try to catch it and fly away in panic when the root suddenly and unexpectedly "moves". Or they grab it and are really desperate when they cannot open theyr claws due to their excitement. :)