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#1 MercFlyer

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:22 AM

This made me think of you CJ.



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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:11 PM

Thank you! Wouldnt that be SO awesome to go do?! Wish I could fly with my birds like that.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:54 PM

Wow, that looked fantastic. Realy showed the control over flight that the birds have.

Anyone know what type of bird they are please?

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:12 AM

Whoa, that's awesome. :)

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 03:32 PM

The plan is for me to get a paramotoring setup next year, I'll have to fly over and visit you CJ. I think it would be super cool to fly with some birds like that!

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:02 PM

Wow, that looked fantastic. Realy showed the control over flight that the birds have.

Anyone know what type of bird they are please?


The title was "Parahawking", but the references at the end were to Vulture Conservation.

Judging from the overall shape and nakedness of the face, and the other similarities to American vultures, I would guess they were vultures of the local species.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:23 PM

Here is a link to their website,
http://www.parahawki...=132&Itemid=152


and some stuff from their website, sounds neat.

Parahawking is a fusion between Falconry and Paragliding. Falconry is a huntung sport where birds of prey are trained to hunt prey. Parahawking is different, our birds of prey are trained to fly with Paragliders and to guide them to the thermals. Parahawking also gives you a unique opportunity to interact with birds of prey in their own environment.


Asia's vultures are in serious decline, in the last 15 years the numbers have dropped by a staggering 99.9% which equates to a loss of approx 40 million birds. This catastrophic decline is due to a veterinary drug called Diclofenac. This anti inflammatory drug is routinely administered to sick and dying livestock including cows and buffalo and has proven to be very effective in reducing pain and suffering. However, when the animal dies with Diclofenac still in it's system, the vultures that feed from the animal carcass will ingest remnants of the drug which is poisonous to them and kills them within 24 hours.

Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!

Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.

We support vital Vulture conservation projects in Nepal, We donate 10 Euros from every Parahawking flight to Vulture conservations projects.

For more detailed information go to:

Vulture Rescue - www.vulturerescue.org
Himalayan Raptor Rescue - www.himalayanraptorrescue.org

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:51 PM

Wow, that looked fantastic. Realy showed the control over flight that the birds have.

Anyone know what type of bird they are please?


uuuuh.. Not completely sure, but I think it is an Egyptian Vulture
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:55 PM

Thanks, anyway they look pretty cool birds.Vultures always remind me of the cartoon picture I saw Years ago. 2 Vultures in a tree, looking pretty hungy, One says to the other. "Heck, I am tired of this, lets go kill something."

And good luck to the conservation project. A great shame when reducung the suffering of One group affects another so much.

When you hear about this makes you realise how important other things are, like Fly's, not that I think they are endangered. Or dont think they are pesky, just about the cleaning up that Maggots and so many other little creatures do.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:42 PM

wow.. now that was amazing
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:08 AM

WOW! How Awesome is that!?! :ani_punk:

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