Re: Dangers of Flying outside on a Harness? Risk?
As Sally said, be careful of hawks!
And in addition to that, be careful of everything else too. Be very paranoid.
Taiwan has eagles, kites, hawks, huge ravens. And cats, dogs, wildcats. If you read what I wrote before, I was paranoid even of pigeons and pigeon size birds.
You need to use your eyes and paranoia. Even so, that will not be enough and you must depend on the even more acute vision and hearing of your bird.
If you follow the steps I set out, from living literally with your flighted bird at home, to semi freeflight in big confined safe buildings, you will develope a rapport to a very high degree. You might know to see the emotional state of your bird.
BUT TO FLY THEM OUTSIDE SAFELY EVEN WITH HARNESS, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SEE THE NUANCES OF THEIR EMOTIONS.
Otherwise, how can you make use of their more acute senses if you cannot read them screaming silently to you of the danger that they can see but you cannot see?
Thats why I always kept nagging that you never ever assume Alphaship on flighted bird. You then watch only if they respond or not respond to you. Treating them as equal and as friend and in making request to friend, you train yourself to see their moods and know to vary your requests to them and see their moods if they will respond or not.
Of all technical stuff I wrote , the most important part will be YOU MUST CONSIDER YOURSELF AS THEIR EQUAL AND NOT SUPERIOR. The technique stuff that you need to know and execute are so simple in comparison.
NEVER EVER FLY THEM OUTSIDE IF THEY SHOW YOU THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DISCOMFORT.
ALWAYS TAKE YOUR CARRIER WITH YOU AS A SAFE REFUGE TO POP THEM BACK INTO
Summary of flying in harness here.