Sunday, September 16, 2007

the whole hawk

Over a year ago, P bashed his wing against something, and broke two growing feathers. A little while later, after the blood had sealed up, he pulled off the broken ends, leaving the shafts in. In the winter he had a partial molt because I wasn't flying him, but no new feathers appeared. I was worried that they would never grow back. We restarted hunting, flew for a few months, and he began his proper molting cycle. During this second molt I found the shafts but still no new feathers.

I was delighted to see the stubs of two new primaries emerging today. The short one is hard to see but it's under the longer one.

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