National Geographic : 1912 Dec
Photo byFelix J.Koch THE FALCONERS: IN IHERZEGOVINA The employment of falcons, or hawks, in the chase has from earliest times been a favorite sport of therich inChina, Japan, Persia, India, Egypt, Arabia, and Syria; it is still practiced in Southeastern Europe. The list of quarry includes pheasants, partridges, quails, ducks, woodcocks, gulls, magpies, blackbirds, hares, and rabbits. In Asia, particularly in Mongolia and Chinese Tartary,where thesport still flourishes, hawks are flown at larger game-storks, spoonbills, vultures, and even gazelles being captured by trained falcons. Until themiddle ofthe17th century falconry was followed with greater ardor in England than any other sport.