Falconry 101

Okay. Not that you asked. Here’s the lowdown on tethering a bird.
Falconer’s knot. I’m rather proud of myself here. I just don’t know any knots other than a square knot, but now I know how to tie a falconer’s knot. It’s basically a slip knot.

This is the swivel. One end is stationary and the other swivels. (Hence the name)

These are jesses. The straps are made of kangaroo leather. The loops on the end are placed around the bird’s legs. The ends have slits where the swivel is fed through twice.

The lead is fed through the movable end of the swivel and

the leather at the end
of the lead stops at the swivel.


Completed jesses/swivel and lead.

Now you know!

7 Responses to “Falconry 101”

  1. LauraHinNJ Says:

    Neat – thanks!

    The birds wear the jesses all the time, right? You hook them up to the swivel thing on the rope when you have them out, is that how it works?

  2. Endment Says:

    Fun information – now we want to know more 🙂

  3. Susan Gets Native Says:

    Yes, the birds wear the jesses all the time. And once they are secured with all this stuff, they CAN’T get away from you. (Which would be bad, since they can’t hunt for themselves)
    FYI: Only the educational birds are outfitted with jesses. The rehab birds are not handled in the same way. They are handled a bit “rougher” to keep them in fear of humans.

  4. Juliabohemian Says:

    Does this work on children?

    That statue IS horrible by the way. Near where I live is the place where Trinity Broadcast Network is filmed. The building looks like some kind of casino. This picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t see it “lit up”

  5. Wolfgang Pluck Says:

    Let’s see if I’ve got this right. The jesses stay on the birds all the time?! Don’t they get damaged by the heat during roasting? Or are they used to keep the stuffing inside until you are ready to serve them?

  6. Wolfgang Says:

    Wow, that does look like a casino. Where are the nickel slots?!

  7. Juliabohemian Says:

    sadly no, but I hate driving past it during Christmas. It’s so bright that you can see it for miles. People make jokes about it all the time, here. I don’t know any actual “Christians” who take them seriously.

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