Well, the number of hawks in US is different then what we are used to in Turkey.
A lot different!
Basically, there are 6 months out of the year when we can fly birds comfortably here.
During this time there are some local hawks but it is bearable.
However, from the second week of October to second week of April everybody and their cousins come down from Canada.
During this time it becomes impossible to fly.
2 years ago I kept going and finished the hawk season well before the season ended after loosing 38 birds.
Almost all of those birds were takla.
Some went to Cooper Hawks and some to Peregrines.
Any way, the Kelebeks are probably the second best breed to deal with hawks in my experience.
Only breed that out did them was Mülâkat I got a chance to watch during one of my visits to back home a few years ago.
Both are almost 100% Cooper safe.
The Peregrine on the other hand is a different story.
That is one impressive hunting machine.
I should say Mülâkat faired better then Kelebeks against the Peregrine when the attack was visible, as in the birds spot the falcon at a distance before the attack takes place.
While Kelebeks get nervous and start their preventive maneuvers the Mülâkats in a split second make it to the coops regardless of what altitude they are at.
When the attack is the most common way for a Peregrine and it shows up from a much higher altitude then the birds and is already in a dive when the birds can see him then Kelebek is a better breed to have out there.
Now, every once in a while they do get blind sided especially in overcast situations but on a clear day it is very unlikely for them to get caught.
The season I lost all those birds, most of them went to a pair of Peregrines nesting on the city hall building in downtown.
There is a webcam attached to the nest site so I could actually see some of my birds being fed to the newly hatched falcons.Click on the Webcam link
That year, I watched one of my red and white pied Kelebek hens get attacked at a height where I could barely see the birds.
Because of the way Kelebeks fly, I actually thought it was another Kelebek maneuvering on the kit to disperse them like they usually play.
It was a peregrine.
It chased the hen right on the tail, maybe a yard behind her for about a hundred feet, 90 degrees to the ground.
To make up for his diving speed the hen actually had to fly her dive at full speed.
Right when he got to her tail she broke, made a U turn and went up 10-15 feet.
It is an impressive turn at that speed and what was more impressive was the way the peregrine copied the move to the T with that body size.
I watched spins, upside down flights, going through trees, climbs, and dives you name it and that big all falcon did not miss a beat.
It all ended with the hen breaking a dive by slamming in to the wire floor of the coop through the door.
She bounced up like a tennis ball.
I thought that chase lasted around 20 minutes and I was on a call when it took place with a pigeon guy and he got a chance to hear play by play and told me it was only 3 to 4 minutes.
Excitement of it must have made me see it in slow motion.
That bird is one of my breeders now and named by one of my friends as "Apache" after a similar performance.
When you decide to fly them during the hawk season they give you some unforgettable moments these guys.
The catch is you have to be able to stomach it when it goes south.
I have seen 2 coopers slam in to the wall of my garage in the old house trying to get these guys.