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In Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses, exists Castle Falconry (http://www.castle-falconry.co.uk/).

On this photo is hawk Ash, which is a Harris Hawk.
Harris Hawks have only been used in falconry for about the last 40 years.

Hunting with Harris Hawks often works best with two or more birds. (In contrast most other raptors cannot be flown together, as they will attack each other.) When prey is flushed, the birds can work together to corner the animal. Harris Hawks will happily treat the falconer as a hunting partner, and will follow from tree to tree and perch until the falconer flushes a rabbit from the bushes.

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