#MySanDiego: Paragliding with Hawks

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LA JOLLA -- The Torrey Pines Glider Port is a natural hot spot for paragliders. It marks where the cliffs meet the Pacific Ocean.

It’s also where parahawker Kirk Sellinger flies with hawks.

How does one become a parahawker, you ask? For Kirk, it started when he was a nature videographer for National Geographic.

"I got to travel all over the world and film wildlife, especially birds in places like Galapagos and Antarctica,” Sellinger said. "That really sparked my interest in falconry."

Falconry is the act of hunting alongside birds of prey. Sellinger is an instructor at Sky Falconry in Alpine, where you can take basic falconry lessons. It took five years for Kirk to become an expert parahawker.

"To really train the birds to fly with us you need to spend time, (but) not in a paraglider. We would do things like hawk walks. Basically going on a nice walk with your bird and calling them. It was a lot of fun."

Kirk is one of only a handful of people in the world who can do that. Sky Falconry does not offer parahawking flights to the public, but you *can take hawk walks. For more information, click here.

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