Duane Terry wrote:Kurt, I hope I am using this forum correctly, don't know much about making posts.
Duane Terry wrote:Anyway I am back into the birds. Only for now some parlors and few rollers. Then several doves.
I had to make a move back in early 2000 and there was no place here for the birds at all. I also just got the internet back out here. I raised chickens for several years but the feed bill got so high that I had to rid them.
Duane Terry wrote:I spoke with Mehmet maybe last year. I am glad to hear that some the Adana's are here in the USA. I have been going through a lot the Turkish websites on these birds over there and these birds are more popular now than ever before. They have them in Mardin and Van, Turkiye. You know usually you would only find them in the Adana area and to the west, not eastward like in Urfa, Diyarbakir, Siverek, ect. Also the men are using the metal leg bands, plastic number bands also. I remember the former Dr. Hollander sending me a whole box of these bands to give to the men in the early 1980's. I could not get them to use them then. They preferred the plastic rings and barrel bands. Also some the men would not use the rings_they would say "it hurts their feet". But now I see they are much like us here with the bands.
Duane Terry wrote:Also I noted the beautiful strains of grouse legged adanas, some are booted. Then someone captured a photo of one these birds diving_much a better photographer than I was. As the men were flying the birds they would give me the signal when to have the camera ready_ but by the time they would tap me on the shoulder (I had the birds in view on a 200mm to 500mm lens) here these things were roaring in upon us. You don't have much time to capture the shot. The men are also calling these birds now "dove from the sky". Back then we called them Phantom Kus. They draw attention where ever they go "I see also television news reports when these birds come into town", like in Mardin. I suppose Kurt that this is why the price is so high because of their fame. Back then we would go to the kus pazar and buy them for 1000 lira each...I mean good looking birds. Then the best were going for 10,000 lira each_two to ten us dollars then. It is much the same here, cost of living, inflation, especially a sack of good pigeon feed $15 or above. This is what that has kept me from keeping too many birds.
rollerdoneks wrote:Please forgive me if I am using the wrong Turkish names. I also know that the letter i has a different meaning without the dot over it.
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