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Accepted Celeste Illharess
Nestlings
Fri May 26, 2006 18:55
165.21.154.108 (XFF: 219.74.160.27)

Raising her hand to gain the attention of her class, Demetri Sedai announced the start of the next phase of the class. They were to return the birds currently on hand to the mews and proceed to work with some of the younger nestlings. Students assembled themselves into a line, following the Aes Sedai as she led them to the cages. Celeste was near the front of the line initially, making a brisk pace to keep up with the Green Sister, when the falcon on her glove suddenly “stood” and flapped its wings. Startled, the Accepted slowed her pace. Perhaps the bird did not quite like the motion. Once within the aviary though, the bird was quite docile, hopping willingly onto the perch in its cage and emitting little kiks.

Leaving behind the mews and the cacophony of cries and screeches, the class trailed into a warmer, drier section of the aviary. They exited a narrow corridor, emerging into a room filled with open boxes. Nestlings sat in some of the boxes, chirping and squawking when they noticed the presence of humans. Demetri Sedai explained that most flying birds were 'altricial' birds, born without any feather or down and with theirs eyes closed while most ground nesting species were the exact opposite, or ‘precocial’.

Moving on to the nests, the Aes Sedai explained more about the characteristics of two species of nestlings, the Kuyper’s hawk and the Red Tailed hawk, describing their average clutch size as well as colouration. The young birds followed Demetri Sedai’s pointing finger with interest, staring intently until one began cawing for food. With startling rapidity, the other six birds followed, adding their voices to a suddenly noisy nursery.

A feeding demonstration followed and Celeste observed the little hawk as it tilted its head back and opened its beak wide to receive the little thumbnail sliver of meat that had been dangling above. As ordered, she picked up a Kuyper’s hatchling and studied the bird while feeding it. Yellow eyes followed her fingers intently, watching for meat. In the background, the Green Sister replied to a query about handling the hatchlings and the result it might have on the relationship between the chick and its parent.

Happily swallowing the last piece of meat, the chick gave a contented little squawk and sat down in her palm. It weighed as much, perhaps, as a little inkpot and watched her with mild interest. Like Demetri Sedai had predicted, once sated, it had little inclination to do anything else, sitting contentedly and letting Celeste stroke its downy underside.




OOC: Rather short and rushed post. Apologies… a little time constrained.

  • Falconry Part II: Caring for NestlingsGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Fri May 26 08:24
    Demetri let everyone run through the exercises of getting the birds to come when called and saw that most achieved success after only a few tries, though it was hardly surprising. She'd chosen birds... more
    • A TwistMajor Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Sun Jun 4 16:12
      Locke's brow furrowed slightly at the idea that a lesson would involve coddling chicks. It was unexpected and pleasant, the kind of nuturing thing that one would not see at the Black Tower. Fatty... more
    • Falconry Part III: Going HuntingGeneral Demetri da'Faile Sedai, Green Ajah, Thu Jun 1 06:11
      Demetri led the class out of the mews quietly, studying the looks on their faces as they passed her; she saw reverence, happiness, contentment—everyone seemed to have enjoyed this portion of the... more
      • NosediveMajor Locke Lemain, Dedicated, Fri Jun 9 20:53
        Locke meandered silently amongst the rest of the class, mulling over the prospects of falconry as applied to military concept. It was not as hazy a comparison as one would think, on the most basic of ... more
      • Lesson Closed!Taryn, Tue Jun 6 07:22
        The following people got Falconry credit: Riani Aethan'Tar Accepted Celeste Accepted Arin The following have an extension until June 11: Tain Aethan'Tar John, if you need an extension, just shoot me... more
      • Gaining ConfidenceAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon Jun 5 21:15
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      • HuntingAccepted Celeste Illharess, Sun Jun 4 22:22
        Celeste rifled through the box of gloves. Searching around for one that fit her. It took her awhile to find a left handed glove and longer still to find one that fit perfectly. Being nearly the last... more
      • Bird of PreyRiani Aethan'Tar, Sun Jun 4 14:42
        Riani sat easy in her saddle, enjoying the sensation of sun’s warming touch. Her green-grey eyes had long since accustomed themselves to the brightness of the wooded hill-land in which they were... more
    • Exaggerated CareAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon May 29 22:55
      Arin followed Demetri Sedai as Demetri led the group of students to the aviary, walking slowly. Perhaps she was walking a shade too slowly… but better to be over-cautious when dealing with animals... more
    • Nestlings — Accepted Celeste Illharess, Fri May 26 18:55
    • Re: Falconry Part II: Caring for NestlingsRiani Aethan'Tar, Fri May 26 12:11
      It was warm and dry, and Riani swallowed a yawn. Light, but she was tired! Or not tired, really, merely a bit…unaccustomed…to the heat and dryness combined with the strong smell of bird. It wasn’t... more
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