"Pigeons are a very misunderstood bird," said James Mejeur, Curator of Birds at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh (www.aviary.org). Mejeur said pigeons are survivors and very good at adapting to their environment. "They are very successful birds. Unfortunately some people don't like those who are too successful. Bill Gates is successful--people love to hate him just like they love to hate pigeons."
Efforts to find their way
The staph of the bird family
Pigeons have long been domesticated by man for food,messaging,games etc.
Not surprisingly the state the Columba Pal expresses is that losing freedom and self respect for money,job, popularity - thus feeling caged & suffocated.The feeling is it is better to die than to lose your self respect & be wrongly controlled by someone else .
A patient put it poetically :
“Oh bird,flying in the air .If it puts an obstacle in your flight - leave that food.Death is better than this !
Macaws are large colorful New World parrots, They are the largest birds in the parrot family in length and wingspan.
Macaws eat nuts and fruit. They also gnaw and chew on various objects. They show a large amount of intelligence in their behaviour and require constant intellectual stimulation to satisfy their innate curiosity.
Bonding: Macaws have been said to live for up to 100 years.They are monogamous and mate for life. In captivity unmated macaws will bond primarily with one person – their keeper. Pet macaws thrive on frequent interaction, and a lack of this can lead to their mental and physical suffering.
Other sub-bondings also take place and most macaws that are subjected to non-aggressive behavior will trust most humans, and can be handled even by strangers if someone familiar is also alongside.
Macaws are known to eat clay as an antidote to the poisonous seeds they eat. Scientists have found out that the chemicals in clay mix with the poison allowing to pass through the bird's digestive system unharmed.
Daily Life; except when breeding, macaws move about in screeching flocks. In the early morning, a screeching chorus begins as birds leave their roosts to gather in a tree. There they bask in the sun before setting off to feed. At midday, when the heat builds up they look for shade. When the sun's rays begin to weaken the birds come out again to feed. At dusk, they return to their assembly point, usually a bare tree, before separating to fly off to their individual roosts for the night.
Although the macaw has such brilliant colours, it is actually very difficult to spot up in the tree canopy, against the golden shafts of sunlight and blue sky. This camouflage gives it some protection against birds of prey.
The parents feed the young on regurgitated food and they both defend the nest, showing great aggression towards intruders, screeching loudly and raising their wings above their heads to show the brightly coloured underwings.
Even after fledging, the young macaws may stay in their family group for more than a year.
Look who is talking !
Captive pet macaws sometimes display difficult behavior, the most common being biting, screaming, and feather-plucking. Feather-plucking does not normally occur in the wild, strongly suggesting that it is the result of a neurosis related to life in captivity.
Most pet macaws had ancestors living in the wild just two or three generations ago, and are not truly domesticated by any reasonable definition. All species of macaws have very powerful, large beaks and are capable of causing considerable harm to both children and adults. They tend to be extremely loud: their voices are designed to carry over long distances. This makes macaws very demanding birds to keep as a household pet. Additional complications arise from the intelligence levels of macaws and their negative responses to stimuli people generally use on domestic pets.
Look who is talking !
Macaws require a great deal of attention and living space.
Social regurgitation may be pronounced. Discipline, leadership, patience, hooding (covering the head), a sense of ritual and the offering of rewards are necessary to modify the behavior of macaws.
The goal of clipping the wings is NOT to make the bird incapable of flight, but to prevent it from developing rapid and sustained flight and to prevent escape. Trimming the wings may keep the bird more dependenton its owner and less aggressive.
Since parrots are genetically wild animals, rising hormone levels start dictating what they should be doing in the savannahs of Africa or the rainforests of South America … not what they should be doing in our living rooms. Instincts tell them to find a mate and establish territory. If they think they already have a mate in their favorite person, they might begin to defend that mate from any competition, thereby attacking their favorite person’s significant other. They may start trying to make a nest by finding a dark corner in which to shred various materials, which is what my macaw does in the cereal cabinet if I am not vigilant.
The state of Macaw is expressed as the conflict of wanting to be with the group on one side and feeling a loss of one’s privacy, and freedom on the other.
So Macaw feels …. Alone, wants to be with the group, wants to be needed and be important to them. But then this dependency feels like a burden.
The group makes him feel crowded and congested and he feels that the group has made him timid, soft, cowed down and closed him in.
He feels he has lost the boldness to go out and travel alone.
Trapped by his need and dependency, he yearns for freedom and flight.
This then seems to reflect the story of the domesticated “parrot” of today.
Ironically, we seem to most revere the wildlife that can tolerate us least -- wolves and eagles and other reclusive creatures. The animals that do tolerate us, that have learned to adapt and even profit from being around us -- pigeons, Canada geese, rats, crows -- these animals we scorn.
Hawks are carnivores (meat eaters) who belong to the category of birds known as raptors -- birds of prey. They have strong, hooked beaks; their feet have three toes pointed forward and one turned back; and their claws, or talons, are long, curved and very sharp.
The eyesight of a hawk is eight times as powerful as a human's.
In an aggressive posture, the body and head of the red-tailed hawk are held upright and its feathers are standing up. In submission, the hawk's head is lower to the ground and the feathers are smooth.
Food & Hunting
The Red-tailed Hawk is a most opportunistic hunter. 85 to 90 % is composed of small rodents, with rabbits, snakes and lizards included.
Red-tailed Hawks prefer to wait on a high perch and swoop down on prey; they also patrol open areas in flight. When soaring or flapping their wings, they typically travel from 30 km/h to 65 km/h but when diving, they reach speeds as high as 195 km/h.
These hawks swallow smaller prey whole. Birds are beheaded, then eaten. Larger prey are killed with talons.
Food & Hunting
Red-tailed Hawks will steal from other raptors, such as eagles, owls, or other hawks.
Mated Red-tailed Hawks will sometimes work together while hunting. Red-tailed Hawks throw up pellets. When they swallow prey whole, they regurgitate (throw up) small balls of hair, feathers, and bone.
It is an aggressive bird and vigorously defends its territory, They will chase other Red-tailed Hawks and birds larger than them that get too close.
The hawk has great courage in a small body; its determination arms it better than its claws do. It is called a robber bird because it greedily snatches food from other birds. The hawk is known as a harsh & cruel parent, refusing to feed its young when they are able to fly, but rather beating them with its wings to drive them out of the nest. This is done to teach them to catch prey while they are still young, so that they will not become lazy when they are adults. There are two kinds of hawks: wild hawks, which catch and eat domestic birds; and tame hawks, which return the wild birds they catch to their master.
When its feathers become old, the hawk heats its wings in a warm wind to loosen the feathers and make them fall out .The way the hawk sheds its old feathers signifies how the warm touch of the spirit causes one to cast off his old life.
Red-tailed Hawks are monogamous and may remain paired throughout the year. They perform a sort of courtship "dance" where the male and female dive and roll in the sky.
Some juveniles may continue to associate with their parents for up to six months after they leave the nest.
Feathers and native American use
The feathers and other parts of the Red-tailed Hawk are considered sacred to many American indigenous people and, like the feathers of the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle, are sometimes used in religious ceremonies.
Use in falconry
The Red-tailed Hawk is a popular bird in falconry, particularly in America where the sport of falconry is highly regulated at the federal and state levels. Most falconers eventually release their wild-caught raptors back into the wild once they are of breeding age.
The most common hunting technique with Red-tailed Hawks is to turn the bird loose and let it perch in a tree or other high vantage point. The falconer (sometimes aided by a dog if the bird accepts dogs as hunting partners), then attempts to get a prey animal to move by stirring up ground cover, tapping tree trunks, and shaking vines to get squirrels to move. The well-trained Red-tailed Hawk will follow the falconer and dog, realizing that their activities produce opportunities to catch game. Contrary to popular belief, once a raptor catches game, it does not bring it back to the falconer. Instead, the falconer must locate the bird, make in, and trade the bird off of its kill in exchange for a piece of ready-to-eat meat--generally from a previous kill.
Use in falconry
Behaviorally, the Red-tailed Hawk is generally a very easy-going bird in captivity and an eager and willing hunting partner once in the field. They will however revert to a semi-wild state in 1-3 weeks without training or hunting, which makes it very easy to fatten them up and almost effortlessly return them to the wild once the hunting season is over and just prior to the breeding season.
A certain recording of the cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is probably one of the most often heard cinematic sound clichés. This high, fierce scream is often featured in the background of adventure movies to give a sense of wilderness to the scene.
HAWK (proving - shore)
The Red-tailed Hawk is probably the best known of all the larger Hawks. It is handicapped by the misleading name " Hen Hawk " - it does occasionally eat poultry.
While fully 66 per cent. of the Red-tail's food consists of injurious mammals, not more than 7 per cent. consists of poultry, and a large proportion of the poultry and game captured by it and the other buzzard Hawks is made up of old, diseased, or otherwise disabled fowls .
It is well known to poulterers and owners of game preserves that killing off the diseased and enfeebled birds, and so preventing their interbreeding with the sound stock, keeps the yard and coveys in good condition and hinders the spread of fatal epidemics. It seems, therefore, that the birds of prey which catch aged, frost-bitten, and diseased poultry, together with wounded and crippled game, are serving both farmer and sportsman.
In the first night I had five dreams and in all of them I was I was naturally taking care for another person. I was especially impressed my thought was natural loving feeling like family. It is natural to take care of somebody. The most marked sequence the first dream it was a handicapped person, I did not know this person. I have been taken care of this person for five years and I did not want to do it any more. Nobody understood why I did not want to do it any more. But I was not upset about this it was very natural. It was without resentment or anything, but I had done enough. The whole feeling in these dreams was natural and love.
Normally I dream a lot. I grew up .... I use wrong words ... and feel torn between my feelings and the needs of other people.
The dream was very clear when I woke up in the morning. I brought my little son into the kindergarten and this morning I wanted to stay there for the morning (that is real I do that sometimes). And then I wanted to go for a walk and go there again. The person who looks there after the children agreed. I was told that normally a child who's name was Lasse, disagreed, but she told me that this was a good opportunity to tell this child that it could not always along in his way, that he could not have the control. And it was without resentment, the child had to accept this.
Felt like flying, very high in the air as having taken drugs (I have never taken drugs). it was like floating in the air, I did not move my wings and I saw birds heads, birds of prey, and there was an incredible yearning for freedom. I had the feeling that we were hawks. There was a leash and a leather glove and I had to go back to this hand to which I was connected with a leash. The yearning for freedom was very strong.
A dull and boning pain in the right hip (I don't know this pain at all.). The menses came early. A strong menstrual pain which I never have. As if sticks are pushed into the pelvis like magicians cutting women into pieces. A nervous restlessness, I was at a great hurry.
The hip pain was at the attachment of the muscle to the trochanter major.
After two or three hours she woke up with very strong cramps in her legs, led in the calf and right big toe. It was unbearable .
Artificial / Natural
Dependant / Independent
Aeroplane / Flying
The hawk is torn between the needs of the others and his own needs .
He feels he is obligated to care for others (handicapped & retarded ) out of his GUILT and yet when he does that and not what he needs there is RESENTMENT.
Trapped by his guilt and resentment he longs to be free and do what is NATURAL for him .
There is also a strong need to be a part of group or fit in & to do what is expected of him / rules or he will be abandoned , neglected (cow).
Scientists loosely divide eagles into four groups based on their physical characteristics and behavior - fish eagles, snake or serpent eagles, booted or true eagles, and harpy or buteonine eagles.
The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head.
At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not hairless.
Fidelity - Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies, the survivor will not hesitate to accept a new mate.
Golden eagles are very sensitive to human disturbance during nesting. Breeding success is also very dependent on prey densities. Due to high mortality rates it takes a pair 10 years to produce enough young to replace themselves.
The greater spotted eagle is also known to consume small mammals, waterbirds and snakes. It will eat carrion and may force black kites (Milvus migrans) to surrender prey .
Eagles sit at the top of the food chain, making them more vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment, since each link in the food chain tends to concentrate chemicals from the lower link.
Less adept at hunting, young eagles are more likely to eat carrion, and possibly ingest poisoned meat used to bait wolves and coyotes.
If an eagle ends up in the water due to misjudgment of altitude or snagging a large fish, there's a danger they may die of exposure.
EAGLE (proving - dr divya)
You have to be strong so that people do not dominate. I have power, I wanted to do what is right - on the other side- I fear-attack by somebody. Therefore, I have to be strong.
Dream- harassed by the guy. If I do not do anything, they will be more powerful/do something, so I have to be strong.
To be protective for person whom you love, on other side cutting yourself from good relations just bcos you feel dominated.
Affected by murder/fights/riots in society,therefore reaction is go away/fight and show/thick skin, not let it affect you.
My weak point should not show. It should not affect me. I want to be above all this- not wearing earrings,etc.
I have the strength to fight. I am superior. I am tall ,others are small. I am upright, no one can dare to touch me.
I will speak what I want, does not matter if you like it or not, don’t understand. I am above all this.
Why should I fight,absolve. If I speak other person will be hurt, therefore forget it.absolve yourself from negative feelings of anger, hate etc.
Dreams of anger but couldn’t express. Absolve to free from obligations,sin and guilt.
Dream- he is on a high- on a flying horse-falling down from the high position of ego,morals etc.
If you fall down you will fall in dirt, muck so never let yourself fall down.
Feels trapped , caged , caught by the NEGATIVITY of anger , hatred , ego , competition within and by it’s need for relationship .
The desire is to RISE ABOVE & ABSOLVE oneself of the negativity's within .
To be indifferent , distant ,detached , from the relations where they feel DOMINATED & feel confined by duties & obligations put on them .
FALCON (natural history)
The training of the Falcon is necessary partly to make the bird used to people and the accoutrements of the hunt, but most importantly to give the falconer a way of calling the bird back to him. This is done by creating a Pavlovian response to the sight of the lure and the sound of a particular whistle.
The bird when ready for training is "furnished". Jesses, lengths of supple but hard-wearing leather, are attached to each of the bird's legs. The jesses can be attached by a swivel to a leash or a creance, a long strong cord, to hold the bird or prevent it from flying away. Jesses are worn all the time, even when the bird is in flight.
The bird is left tethered in semi-darkness without food. After a substantial time, when the bird is exhausted and starving, it is offered a morsel of meat on the gloved fist. When it is driven by hunger to eat it will step on to the glove to take the meat. Gradually the bird gets used to coming to the fist to feed and to being carried around. Hawks are always fed on the fist and are called by being shown the gloved hand. Falcons are fed from, and called to, the "lure".
This is a horseshoe-shaped piece of padded leather with birds' wings on either side and a ring, to which meat is tied, in the centre. The lure is swung in a circle on a piece of cord. Whenever the bird is offered food a distinctive whistle is sounded.
When the bird is used to people and dogs and to being fed it is introduced to the hood. This is a padded leather hood which fits over the Falcon's head and is tied on with laces. It is kept on the bird when transporting it and during the hunt to prevent the bird from being distracted or becoming over-excited.
A bird of prey is never domesticated. The learned response to the lure and the sound of the whistle will usually call back the bird but if it were to fly out of sight or hearing it would be free, miniature radio trackers are now fitted to trained birds so they can be traced .
FALCON (proving-misha norland)
I feel confusion about what's going on. Is it me or is it the remedy? I feel sick to my stomach - low down in solar plexus area. Something is stirring at the very core of me holding on to my feelings and emotions, engulfing them. I feel sick, frightened, trapped. My legs feel weak. I want to cry. Something alien is going on - it's not me - but is it? I feel as if I'm going mad, divided. I want "it" to come out. I feel as if I could be sick and throw "it" up and out, but "it" would have to come from right deep down, "it" is putting out tentacles. I feel disgusted by its presence. It's trying to control me
Again last night I became quite directionless, going round and round, picking up things, putting them down again, doing something else, then dropping it.
Contact with the group energy has put me into a tailspin!
Also feeling up and down. At times felt really high, wanted to just sit. The energy would go and the another wave would come again.
Feelings both physical and mental, came and went in waves for the rest of the night .
Rapidly changing emotions and states in extremes, depths of state - heightened state .
I do seem to be flipping from feeling quite trippy, to carefree, to calm, to emotional, to despondent, very changeable, much more than usual, I do tend to take things personally but I am intense and rapidly changeable.
Feel high but in my body. Unbounded but quite grounded
Climbed up in the adventure playground. Got into a situation that I felt was dangerous, but I thought this is dangerous - but didn't feel any fear - I turned around and walked back.
Drew a kite earlier and felt as if I was flying and drew birds.
I had difficulties driving, I felt quite chilled out about driving, normally I would get stressed out.
I drove home that evening in a record time of 1hr 10min, a journey which usually takes me 1hr 30min. I drove at high speed, I was aware of the speed but I didn't care.
Sensation of horizon moving towards me and then lifting. Like a ball, or two balls spinning towards me.
I had a sense of expanded consciousness.
I felt that all my "small self" needs could just arise and be dealt with or not, I felt really good.
Feeling quite "spaced-out" again feeling quite confident, relaxed. Very spaced-out.
The other main theme is this sort of spaciness I get, especially in the car. The detachment becomes so intense that it sort of starts off with a numbness in my legs, which is kind of strange when you are driving. When we first took the remedy, it was like tripping, like the world was going to disintegrate in front of me, and it happens every time I get into a car
I felt the need to get away, to go into the mountains. I got in the car and drove to Wales. I went to the mountain where there is a lake associated with a spirit and with legends, it is my place of healing and pilgrimage.
Detached, totally cut off from emotions, no emotional connection with other people, just didn't feel anything.
I feel smaller than usual. Usually I feel really big. I'm just thinking about how small I have become.
I feel totally used, abused and humiliated by my instincts, by nature itself. My partner's desire seems to be formed by her cycle and her hormones and has nothing to do with love or desire. Yet my responses are outside of my control and when she wants I will respond whether I want to or not. This makes me keep my distance, act coldly, lest through nature she takes things out of my hands.
We have committed murder and are being chased by the authorities. An oriental island, lots of people, small streets and hills. Climbed up hill towards a school. Ascended to the top of the building. Needed a helicopter to escape. Felt remorse and dread about the crime. I wouldn't have killed but was connected with the murder. There is a girl who can fly, we follow her in hope but she won't leap off the sheer drop. At sea, a nuclear bomb goes off. It is beautiful. We watch in awe as the island is destroyed.