Beauty of flight

Big thank you to Dennis L. for forwarding this video

Will say no more – just watch

And if that gives you a buzz, then you might want to read a Post that I published on the 30th July Free as a Bird reproduced in full below,

The wonderful combination of paragliding and flying with hawks.

Thanks to Dan Gomez for passing me a short video about this amazing activity.  It was a matter of moments to find out the background.  But first a picture.

Copyright Scott Mason

There’s a full description of the history of parahawking, as it is called, on WikiPedia.

Parahawking is a unique activity combining paragliding with elements of falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals for in-flight rewards and performing aerobatic maneouvres.

Parahawking was developed by British falconer Scott Mason in 2001. Mason began a round-the-world trip in PokharaNepal, where many birds of prey – such as the griffon vulturesteppe eagle andblack kite – can be found. While taking a tandem paragliding flight with British paraglider Adam Hill, he had the opportunity to see raptors in flight, and realized that combining the sport of paragliding with his skills as a falconer could offer others the same experience. He has been based in Pokhara ever since, training and flying birds during the dry season between September and March.

The team started by training two black kites, but have since added an Egyptian vulture and a Mountain hawk-eagle to the team. Only rescued birds are used – none of the birds has been taken from the wild.

There’s an interesting website for those that want to take a closer including more details about Scott Mason and his team here.

Now watch this!

2 thoughts on “Beauty of flight

  1. I so loved watching these video’s Paul… its amazing how when we gain the trust of the animal kingdom we can gain so much back…
    Thank you for a most enjoyable half hour..


  2. Thanks Paul (and Scott). All three elements (slow-mo, still image, and video) are amazing. Even though I don’t share is level of fascination with birds of prey, or his lack of fear of heights, I do understand why he chose to move to Nepal – amazing place.


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