Observations on Modern Falconry
By: Stevens, Ronald
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 9" X 6"
Publication Date: 2010
The third book by the eminent falconer, Ronald Stevens, and written in the articulate and fluid style for which he came to be known. Originally published in 1963, this important falconry book is among the best of its kind. Although, by the author's own admission, "the book is strictly 'utility,'" lacking in illustration or extraneous verbiage, it is, nevertheless, a complete guide to falconry. It is written with such enthusiasm for the sport that beginners and experienced falconers alike will benefit from its contents.
Following this, Stevens dedicated his life to falconry, a sport that completely captivated him; few falconers developed greater or more enduring reputations for their passion and commitment. In 1956, to find solitude and to escape the overgrowth of bracken on the English moors, Stevens moved permanently to Connemara in County Galway, Ireland, where he lived until his death in early 1994 at age 91.
Described as a quiet, kind man, gentle by nature and always somewhat embarrassed by his fame, he was an able and painstaking tutor in falconry to those who requested his help. He maintained an enormous correspondence with falconers throughout the world and was always welcoming to those who traveled to his isolated home.
Stevens authored four books: Laggard, The Taming of Genghis, Observations on Modern Falconry, and the biographical, A Life With Birds.