Today is Kaya's Schlüpftag!!
Kaya hatched on April 22nd 2022 and so today she turns one year old! So much has happened in this bird’s life since that day. In the beginning she was just a ball of fluff that her parents fed and smothered to keep her warm, without any siblings to share with. She briefly had a foster brother, but that didn’t go as well as the breeder hoped, so he was taken out again.
She spent the next weeks without a care in the world in the mew with her parents, eventually outgrowing Dad and outliving Mom. In early August when she was 15 weeks old, we drove up to Hessen to get her, and that’s when she had her first real contact with humans. She was not particularly thrilled, but I’ll write about that day on our “Gotcha-day” anniversary.
This post will show one photo a month from the last year, the first two from the nestcam of the breeder.
Mom Colly brooding her eggs.
There she is! At this point we were calling her Cora.
Look at those big feet!
M and I take one last mini-vacation in the Schwarzwald
for our wedding anniversary.
Despite the nightmare of dealing with the Bauamt and the Veterinäramt,
Kaya's mew was finished and ready a week before she arrived.
Despite her initial fear of us,
here we are 3 days after we got her.
After much training and some failures,
Kaya gets her first crow!
Having a chat with "Dad" after training.
When we're not out hawking, we go on walks.
This was at the Rauschbart Biergarten overlooking Horb.
Family photo after a successful hunt
Sitting on one of our favorite benches
during a cold winter walk.
Another successful kill on the last day of the season.
"Singing" on her perch in the sun room.
Hawk yoga (stretching ALL the way)
|What will the next year bring?|
Photo: Jon K.
|22 April, 2023|
Today's your day, Girlfriend!
Hatchday menu: Wachtel (quail)