Eric was hunting ducks with his falcon on a small ranch pond just west of Petaluma, CA near the historic town of Tamales. With his falcon circling patiently above, Eric flung his arms up to frighten some ducks to lift off the water. (Falcons only hunt in mid-air.) In doing so, his also flung his platinum wedding band straight into the stock pond! Most people panic, but Eric was smart.
Below: The ranch stock pond where Eric lost his ring hunting ducks with his falcon:
Eric was smart because he called me.
Below: In the pond with full gear: Waterproof Garrett AT-PRO detector, waterproof headphones, full wetsuit with booties and gloves, long handled plastic scoop, floating gravel sifting platform and the essential lucky hat.
Below: After about 30 minutes in the water: Ring in the scoop!
Below: Close up of Eric’s platinum wedding band for the TRF’s Book-O-Smiles:
Below: Eric made it easy by smartly marking the place his ring flew off with his hat. We went back to the exact same place on the shore. I found the ring 20 feet straight out from that point in 4 feet of farm tank water.
Below: On the day of my search, Eric happened to be hunting rabbits with his friend Andrea and her Peruvian Harris Hawk, “Bird”.
After the successful recovery, Eric and Andrea took me hawk hunting on farms around Tamales and Petaluma, CA. Watching the hawk rise up and hunt for a while, and then return, as Andrea walked the fields with his perch, was the most elegant and coolest human / bird relationship I have every seen.
It was all a very fun adventure in Sonoma County.