Parahawking – Combining Falconry and Paragliding

Whoa. I had no idea this was a thing.

Parahawking is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals.

Parahawking was developed by British falconer Scott Mason in 2001. Mason began a round-the-world trip in Pokhara, Nepal, where many birds of prey – such as the griffon vulture, steppe eagle and black kite – can be found. While taking a tandem paragliding flight with British paraglider Adam Hill, he had the opportunity to see raptors in flight, and realised that he could combine the sports of paragliding and falconry.

I Thought This was an Animatronic at First

I’ve been refraining from posting political content because after the last four years I am just completely burned out. Especially given how the season finale played out in January. I’ve avoided any post-presidency Trump news because I needed a month of not dry heaving at his voice. This is the first video I’ve seen of him since his Twitter ban at least and it is GLORIOUS.  I’m not sure what’s more fun* about this; a former president doing a weird standup act as an opener for a wedding band, or that the entire GOP still hangs on every single word and action that this festering garbage bag farts out to a crowd of dozens at a shitty resort.

*yes, I know this could easily bite me in the ass if the GOP figures out how to truly steal an election.