• The Hawk's Way

  • Encounters with Fierce Beauty
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A splendid and luminous celebration of one of nature’s most perfect and mysterious creatures—the hawk—from the New York Times best-selling author of the “astoundingly beautiful” (NPR) The Soul of an Octopus.

When Sy Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan’s farm, home to a dozen magnificent birds of prey, it was the start of a deep love affair. Nancy allowed her to work with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old, female Harris’s hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet. Not a pet, Jazz was a fierce predator with talons that could pierce skin and bone, and yet, she was willing to work with a human to hunt. From the first moment Jazz swept down from a tree and landed on Sy’s leather-gloved fist, Sy fell under the hawk’s magnetic spell. 

Over the next few years, Sy spent more time with these magnificent creatures, getting to know their extraordinary abilities and instincts. They are deeply emotional animals, quick to show anger and frustration, and can hold a grudge for years. But they are also loyal and intensely aware of their surroundings. In this mesmerizing account, featuring plenty of gorgeous color photographs, Sy passionately and vividly reveals the wonderous world of hawks and what they can teach us about nature, life, and love. 

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©2010 by Sy Montgomery (P)2022 by Sy Montgomery

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As a mother of a falconer this book resonated deep in my soul. My home transformed when hawks and micro falcons became frequent guests in the kitchen and livingroom. Dead quail thawing on the top of the fridge, bags of day old chicks in my freezer, and the occasional hawk poop on my piano. I loved the way Sy described her own education and experience of which before was unknown to her; the hunt, hunter & hunted. Wonderful author and narrator.