Great Horned Owl
I am told that Falconry in Medieval Days was reserved for the ruling class. A few centuries later we all know that was a myth. But to stay in character of the Renaissance times, this was fact for the trainers and handlers who kept the birds for the enjoyment of the elite. The trust and bonds of these winged Hunters lay with their peasant caretakers then, as well as their most appreciative and abler handlers of today.
This Big Guy was a rescued Owl that couldn't be released back to the wild, but seemed to enjoy his role as one of the larger Birds of Prey!
Now we have the face of one of the smallest Hunters. Sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk, this Robin sized Falcon likes to eat on insects and tiny mammals. A few years ago I actually seen one of these capturing grasshoppers, a more than adaquate Hunter!