Winging it in falconry
For centuries, it has captivated kings, influenced our culture and shaped our language. Adrian Dangar reports
reputed to be the greatest falconer of all time, returned to Sicily following an Arabian crusade in 1230 with several experienced practitioners to assist him with his passion. he loved the sport so much that, as well as once abandoning the siege of a fortress in favour of falconry, he spent more than 30 years compiling the sport’s bible, De Arte Venandi cum Avibus.
Falconry is also synonymous with the Altai mountains straddling Kazakhstan and Mongolia, where I’ve ridden with the ethnic Kazak people and witnessed, at first hand, golden eagles hunting foxes—an ancient and thriving tradition. each October, the