Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Anubis in March of 2011 at the Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire.  


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As I view photos of my Anubis.  I hope that we find his killer(s).  He is sorely missed and I will treasure him the rest of my life.  I hope that when I am gone, I get to fly with all of the hawks and falcons, eagles, and owls, that touched my life have passed on.  

Monday, January 2, 2012

It is a new year.  Lets hope that those who killed my beloved Anubis are found.



Sunday, December 11, 2011

A lovely poem written by one of Anubis' Admirers:


Anubis


Anubis, beautiful Anubis,
 I see you fly so free
Your playground
Is as high and wide
As the eye can see
With beating wings you are
The master of the sky
Prey in terror seeks to find
Shelter from your eye.

Circling around your world
Upon the air you go
You experience the world through
sight and feel
As only you can know

Then is happens,
There you spot it
Your most terrified prey
You fly high and faster,
To attack you victim
On this beautiful day

The hunt has  begun
Hearts start to race
The pace starts to quicken. 
The thrill of the chase. 

Circles tighten
Sunlight brightens
The wind lightens
Prey becomes frightened
The terror heightens
You wings slighten. 

Then it happens
What was feared to happen
You swoop down to make your kill

Death comes quickly
To your latest victim
For your daily meal. 
But it’s the law of nature
And who can say
Your victim had a bad deal. 

You take off again
Upon the winds
Of the sky so vast
Freedom is yours
And beauty as well
May forever it last

Anubis, beautiful Anubis
I see you fly so free
Your playground
Is as high and wide
As the eye can see
With your beating wings you are
The master of the sky
And nothing, oh but nothing
Can find shelter from you eye. 

By Tommy Barrios  2005.

This poem is about a beloved
Barbary Falcon named Anubis.
He was bred by Les Boyd of
Washington State  in 1998. 
Anubis was trained and is flown by
Kitty Tolson Carroll  
 www.birdsofprey.net

Anubis was killed by some thoughtless person on November 13th 2011.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I need to write someplace about the terrible wrong that has happened to me regarding Anubis the barbary falcon I flew for 13 years.

Here is the the timeline letter I sent to USFWS.


Carmen Simonton, Reese Collins, Marci Lockwood
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permits
P.O Box 49208
Atlanta, Georgia  30359

November 18, 2011

Dear Marci, Reese and Carmen:

I am writing to report the criminal death of my male Barbary Falcon,  “Anubis”1998 hatch, band # RV083418.  
He was lost in a fly off incident during a presentation at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in the mid-afternoon (around 3:30-4:00) on Sunday November 13th, 2011.   A telemetry search that evening and the next morning came up empty.  On Tuesday, November 15th, an airplane scan was done in the afternoon and evening hours.  A signal was picked up in the region of N Prevost Lane, near Loranger, Louisiana, close to Camp Living Waters.   The next day (Thursday morning and evening) a signal was picked up and tracked to the end of N Prevost Lane.  I initially thought that the signal was emitting from dog tracking collars from the dogs in the area and stopped the search that evening.   Early the next morning on Thursday, November 17th, a friend used a borrowed telemetry unit; and tracked the signal to under a pine tree at a northwest angle behind a single-wide trailer at the end of N Prevost Lane.   Under a large pine tree, he found the jesses, with the anklet intact, bells ID tag, and the telemetry tacking unit.  All of these items were intact and un-cut.   He brought me the equipment that morning with the bad news.  This was very near where I had tracked the signal the previous day.   The very same evening on November 17th, I went with him and another friend to see exactly where the equipment was found.  The three of us went to the property and to the base of the pine tree and also found the bird’s seamless band, intact with the secondary ID tag still attached.  This means that the bird was killed, probably shot, the legs cut off, the falconry equipment and ID tags removed and discarded.  The items were not scattered, but were all found together at the base of the pine tree.   We looked for signs of the dead bird, but no feathers or anything was found.     Photos were taken of the location of the items, as well as orientation photos of the surrounding area for orientation to the buildings and barn in the area.  I have in my possession the bird’s falconry equipment that he wore, plus photos of the area where the equipment was found and orientation photos. 
This is an outrageous and heartbreaking event in me and my husband’s life.  He was one of our favorite birds, an exceptional falcon, with his gentle personality, tameness, and skills in the air and his personality on his perch. 
This is especially distressing since I volunteer my time at Hunter Safety classes for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in my home state of Florida.  

I have phoned law enforcement in Louisiana and the USFWS offices as well to start an investigation to find the perpetrator of this crime.  I wish to find out who did this horrific act to a beloved and valuable falcon. 

Sincerely,



Karen I. Tolson Carroll