Falconry never looked so cool as when Rebecca Bledsoe is hunting with her birds.
Falconry is seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially, it appears, among women. More women are getting into the sport than ever before. One of the striking figures in modern falconry is Rebecca Bledsoe. Images of Rebecca and her birds are attention-getters wherever they appear.
Bledsoe lives in the wide open spaces of Nevada, an ideal place to practice her craft. You might gather from these images that she’s a hardcore falconry enthusiast. She’s more than that, she does falconry-based bird abatement for a living. She’s a falconer at Falcon Force, a company “dedicated to providing traditional falconry methods to control nuisance birds at vineyards, crop fields, airports, and landfills.”
Falconers like Rebecca use “trained falcons and hawks to intimidate and scare off nuisance birds, which cause loss of revenue for crop growers, health hazards in landfills, and safety concerns in airfields.”
When she’s not “working” with birds of prey as part of her job, she hunts with them purely for the enjoyment of interacting with the magnificent creatures.
Click through the slideshow to see a professional falconer and her birds.
All photos via Rebecca Bledsoe’s Facebook page.
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