Falconry on the Black Sea coast

Neat short piece on falconry with sparrowhawks in Turkey. It’s a different form of falconry than is practiced in the West – the hawk is caught, manned in a few days, hunted for a month, and then released to complete it’s migration.



I’ve been a pretty hopeless blogger recently. At least part of the reason is that I’ve been working on a long piece that has occupied far more of my time than it perhaps should have done.

It’s a 15,000-word article about atmacacılık, a falconry tradition practiced mainly within the Laz community in Rize and Artvin provinces. It’s about other things as well: the different kinds of cultural and environmental destruction to have afflicted that region over the past century, the tea industry, the allure of birds of prey, and the Black Sea itself. I first began working on this story nearly a year and a half ago, on and off in the background, so it’s been a long time in the works. I’m now doing edits and it will hopefully be published sometime this summer in London-based literary magazine The White Review (I wrote a piece about Gezi Park…

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March 7, 2014 · 12:57 am

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