National Geographic : 1920 Dec
4y A FAIR HIT: GERFALCON STRIKING HERON When Knighthood was in Flower the favorite game of every overlord (who alone was entitled to use the Gerfalcon) was the stately heron. Modern falconers seem unable to adapt these splendid northern hawks to present conditions, depending almost wholly upon the native peregrine. But in the fourteenth century a gerfalcon was indeed a kingly gift, and one often employed when the goodwill of a near or distant potentate was particularly desirable. In attacking, the gerfalcon climbs above the heron then " stoops " with great force at her quarry. There is no truth in the legend that the heron, as a means of defense, sometimes impales the descending enemy upon its dagger-like beak.