National Geographic : 1942 Feb
Life with an Indian Prince 259 Triumph in Falconry-Bapa's Prize Luggar Downs a Teal This slow desert falcon, in its wild state, would not normally pursue a fast-flying duck. Indian trainers usually disregard the luggar as a hunter, but Bapa taught this one to capture teal and partridges (page 251). After a Hard Flight, a Saker Falcon Downs a Fast-climbing, Short-eared Owl Indian falconers reach their highest goal when they can induce hawks to capture larger and fiercer birds of prey, such as the kite, or to bring down big herons, cranes, or the black ibis. Rigorous training is necessary to teach the little fighters how to chase such quarry. The hawks are often drugged just before the attack to key them up (page 250).