The bird of prey will want to kill the target birds but are flown at a disadvantage. It would generally be unacceptable to the public to see pigeons getting killed.Secondly,if the birds eat a couple of pigeons they would not be hungry and are unlikely to do any more hunting and of course many of the feral pigeons are diseased and we would not want our birds to eat diseased meat.
If the bird was not flown in this aggressive manner, it would soon loose interest and the target birds would very quickly realise that it is not a threat and return to their roosts.
Each session lasts for up to two hours. This is the maximum time that the birds would hunt in the wild. Each time the bird flies, it is rewarded with tit bits, usually day old chicks. It takes 10-15 sessions for the bird of prey to establish its territory.
Once the target birds have been scared out of the bird of prey's territory, they will not return. However; the bird of prey must be flown for at least one session per week, or in lower pressure areas, every two weeks, to maintain that territory, to prevent other birds from moving in and becoming established.
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