Falconry Telemetry – The Insurance Equipment


Falconry Telemetry – The Insurance Equipment

Welcome to my Falconry Telemetry Page. Here I will explain the importance of this vital piece of anyones falconry supplies and how it is used. I will also provide some videos of specialised knowledge on the subject.

Telemetry (as I have already said) is a vital piece of falconry equipment. It is used for tracking your bird when it is no longer visable. This is most important with the falcon bird family, although is also used with the hawk bird, Eagles and even the owl species In the world of raptors and falconry this (losing your bird) unfortunately happens quite often. Countless people lose their birds all the time due to not having telemetry and/or not having fitted it correctly.

Telemetry is simply a tracking device which consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is usually a very light weight antenna which fits directly on to the bird.

The usual ways for attaching transmitters onto your bird are:

  • Using a Leg Mount
  • Using a Backpack
  • Using a neck mount
  • Using a tail mount

All these ways of attaching a transmitter are often used and sometimes it depends on the type of bird being flown and the way in which it hunts.

In my opinion the backpack is by a long way the best. Of all the falconry supplies, telemetry is probably the most important item to know how to fit correctly, here is a video showing how to correctly fit a backpack for marshall telemetry systems.

Falconry Supplies - Why is Backpack advised?

The reason why I feel the backpack is the best is that I think it is the least envasive to the bird. If the transmitter is on its back lying between the wings and nestled in its feathers it will never even know it’s there.

With the other ways of fixing the transmitter there are always risks. When using the tail mount, it is possible that the hawk will either break or pull out the tail deck feathers that the telemetry is fixed to. Then you are tracking the device and not the bird..

With the neck mount, it is quite likely that at some point in dense foliage that the wire could get caught on something and trap the bird...worse case scenario, the bird is strangled by the transmitter. Best case scenario, you have to climb up a tree to get the bird back.

I hope you have found my falconry telemetry and falconry supplies page useful. Feel free to browse the rest of the site through the navbar located above :)