In this series of photos you can see Master Falconer and Hawkeye C.E.O. Dan Frankian “Jessing” our Great Horned Owl; a member of our team who will be used for Bird Control and Falconry Experiences.
The first step is to attach leather anklets around the tarsi of the Owl. These anklets are then fastened using an eyelet grommet and punch pliers. Leather jesses are then attached through these eyelets using a knot.
In the past the leather jesses were fastened directly around the tarsi of the bird. This new two piece style of jesses are referred to as “Aylmeri Jesses” which specifically refer to the use of both anklets and jesses. The main benefit of the separate anklet and jess is to provide more comfort for the Owl, and to prevent rubbing or irritation of the tarsi. These jesses allow for the most unencumbered movement while attached to a leash.
With Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control, this Great Horned Owl will get to utilize instinctual hunting abilities to perform bird control for gulls, starlings, and many different nuisance birds. Come to our facility and meet this Great Horned Owl up close and personal at our falconer for a day experience. You will get to see many different Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons, get up close and personal, learn about the art of falconry, and see a spectacular flight display of one of our Harris Hawks. You will also get to call this Harris Hawk directly to your own fist.