The hide boxes are two plastic flower pots, a PVC perch covered with astroturf. I cut an arch in each flower pot with game shears. I then sand the rough edges. I put the PVC perch in the middle (with caps on the end) for the owls to perch on. I then paint the exterior with plastic paint in camo colors. I use local leaves and ferns as stencils to make the boxes appear more 'woodsy'. I also put a heavy rock or brick at the base to stop the boxes from tipping easily.
Materials list: Pair of matched plastic flower pots, PVC pipe, (I use 1 inch inside diamter). Flat caps for end of PVC. Camo plastic paint, screws, astroturf.
Here are photos of the lure system I use for all of the birds I fly. Note the 'sliding' system for fastening the meat to the lure line. It consists of two cable ties (I chose red) and the food fastens on the cord. In June of 2011. I have just started training a male wild peregrine that is am educational bird. He definately likes the lure. I left him by himself one afternoon with one of the lures next to him. He started playing with an picking at the red part of the tuna tails. So, I'm convinced (as the late Jack Postlewaite noted) that lure color DOES make a difference in interest and response.
I've put together some photos on the Presley style tall perches. I have used these perches for about 30 years. I NEVER leave the hawk's un-attended on them. But, the 'jump up' effect of these perches really help keep hawks fit. Red-tails and Harris' hawks take to them readily and learn very quickly on them.
I make paracord leashes and jesses. I have included photos of how I make the leashes. Jesses are just a shorter version of the same materials and tools. But, when I make the paracord jesses. I make the loop either of two sizes. 1/3 inch for field jesses, 10-2 inches for mews jesses that take a traditional swivel. I now use field jesses all of the time, rather than mews jesses. For the swivel, I use a number eight Sampo coastlock swivel. Which I change each year. I also use a steel trigger snap for fastening the hawk to the perch. I put a hair elastic on the trigger snap as extra strength. I change the hair elastic about once a month. When I tie off and melt the jesses. I leave at least 3/4 inch of extra para cord to melt OVER the knot. I hold the jess with forceps or hemostats to keep the hot liquid melted nylon from burning my fingers (have a couple of scars from that). With leashes, I make sure again that both the inner and outer loop are melted together to make sure they do not come apart. With the jesses, I coat the knot with NOBITE nail polish, to prevent picking by the raptor. Helps reduce the picking greatly. If the bird likes to pick at all of the jess, I coat the entire jesses with NOBITE. Helps a lot with picking. Some birds I need to remove the jess all entirely when in their mews. I just use a bronze trigger snap to hook directly to the grommet to take them from the mews. I secure the jess then thread the para cord cord and attach the Sampo coastlock swivel.
There are two types of creance used for training raptors. One is a weighted drag line, the other is a 'zip line' or 'slider'. I personally prefer the control of the 'slider' type for training. It is paracord, very strong and lightweight. It is on a notched piece of wood, with a slider ring attached to an 8 foot piece of paracord. I have two lengths and weights on the slider cord. one is lightweight for small raptors, such as kestrels and up to 500 grams. That ring is a simple split ring used for key rings. The larger is a metal welded for the red-tail and Harris hawks. The main slider cord is attached to two different T posts in my yard. Where the bird can fly back and forth during sessions. I have a ring on each end of the main slider cord to prevent it from sliding off. I've used this system since I began in falconry in 1974. I like the control it has over where a hawk flies, and how lightweight and portable it is for training.
My equipment is this: Size 00 grommet, thin kangaroo anklets, the jesses are a single piece of knotted, melted, para cord, about 4 inches long. The end of the jess where the swivel attaches is a melted hole (made with a large, heated blanket pin) where a Coastlock Sampo, size 5 or 6 attaches the clip through the hole. Kestrels are equipment pickers, so I paint all of their equipment with NOBITE nail polish. Really keeps the picking down. I use a size 00 vice grip pliers setter I got from Northwoods a long time ago. They also wear a tiny merlin bell and small ID tag on one leg, attached with a cable tie. The cable tie is inserted into a piece of plastic tubing to keep the cable tie from being pulled tight, again painted with NOBITE nail polish.