I was wondering if anyone has an idea for what species i should be looking in to getting. I don't know much about falconry but i have been interested for a few years. I want to know what birds i should look at and study up on while do an apprenticeship. Since i live in Alaska there is plenty of space for a larger bird but i figure that squirrels would be its main source of wild food and sparrows also. Any suggestions are welcome and constructive criticism wont be taken offensively on anything that could have been mistyped.
Alaska allows you to take a goshawk as a first bird. This question that you are asking should be discussed with your sponsor. Goshawks are great birds, but, they are very tempermental and need to be brought along the right way. There are many stories about goshawks hanging from the falconers arm or face. I was told once that the reason Alaska allows you to take a goshawk as a first bird is because there are very few redtails in Alaska. I wouldn't know for sure, I've never been there. It is one of my dream vacations.
Yes, you can start with a goshawk, but I really don't reccomend it. They are simply head cases, and are not a great bird from someone just learning the sport. I would go with a RT, simply because they are so much calmer, and "apprenticeproof".
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Assuming that there are RT's available. I dissagree with you on goshawks being head cases. I have flown a couple and I know guys who strictly fly goshawks and love them. A lot of it depends on the attitude and patience of the falconer. They are defiantly high strung birds.