National Geographic : 1920 Dec
THE START: ARABS SETTING OUT WITH FALCONS TO COURSE GAZELLES It is difficult to tell just when hawking began. The Arabs, perhaps as early as any other people, trainedcertain hawks tocourse theswift desert game. In coursing gazelles three, five or more hawks are used, and the aid of dogs is required for the actual kill, thehawks worrying andbewildering the game until the dogs can catch up. These hawks are always fed from the eye-sockets of a calf's head, and naturally turn tothis spot intheir living quarry. There isgreat danger that the hawks may be impaled on the horns of the gazelle.