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 Tail Mount Plectrum


About The Tail Mount Plectrum

The Tail Mount is normally fitted to the two centre deck feathers and normally holds just a bell. The one I make holds both the bell and the telemetry transmitter. 

 

The Advantages of using a Tail Mount are :-

The bell and telemetry are away from the birds feet and donít get in the way as your bird binds to its quarry.

If a leg mount bell is used, when the bird is sat on a branch or on the ground there is no leg movement and hence no noise with a tail mount the bird uses its tail to balance so it is always moving, Harris hawks are always wiggling their tails so it is easier to know where your bird is. 

If a leg mount transmitter is used when the bird was sat on the ground maybe on a kill the transmitter aerial will be flat across the ground this reduces the signal with a tail mount the transmitter is away from the ground.

 

To fit a tail plectrum I use the  following :-

Plectrum, Towel , Pillow, 4 cable ties, Nail file, Araldite rapid or quick drying glue, Sharp scissors, Wire cutters, Long nose pliers ,2 washing line pegs, A4 paper folded into 3rd's and super glue.

The following steps demonstrate how I fit a plectrum.

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1st 

Cut a leather strap about 12CM long and 5mm. Punch a small hole in the centre of the strap. 

Slide the bell down the strap and lock it in place see picture for more details 

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2nd 

Get a competent person to cast the bird in a towel, place the bird on a pillow and hold her there until fitting is complete, make sure the birds feet grab the pillow to avoid the bird footing  herself. 

Find the two centre deck feathers, wrap the folded A4 paper over the other feathers and hold them in position with the pegs to keep them out of the way. 

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3rd 

Cut off the fluff at the base of the 2 deck feathers. Attach 2  cable ties to each feather with the tails facing outwards. Use a nail file to scuff the feathers so the glue can make a good bond.

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4th 

Follow the glues instructions. Put the glue onto the feathers stem about 18mm in length.

Be careful not to get the glue on anything else but the shaft.

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5th 

Push the leather straps onto the glued feather stem. make sure there is a good contact.

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6th 

Slide the Cable ties down the leather straps and tighten slightly.

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7th 

Add a small amount of extra glue to the cable ties and tighten them using the long nose pliers. Trim off the cable ties and leather straps ends. Wait for the glue to dry. Test the glue by slightly wetting your finger tips and touching the glue. When it is almost dry  talc can be used to stop the glue being tacky.  Remove the pegs and paper. The bird can now be released.

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Plectrum

Bell and fixing straps

Bell and Telemetry fitted

Side view

Tail Mount Plectrum with telemetry clip

 

The Size shown is 

 

 

Centimetres - Width A = 3.4cm, Width B = 2.4cm, Length C = 4cm

Millimetres - Width A = 34mm, Width B = 24mm, Length C = 40mm

Inches  - Width A = 1" 3/8, Width B = 1", Length C = 1" 5/8

 

This tail mount weighs 5 grams and is Ideal for Harris Hawks, Buzzards, Goshawks and Large Falcons

 

Made out of 2mm fibreglass with your telephone number etched in copper and a brass telemetry clip. The plectrum is very strong, does not get brittle over time and can be used year after year.

If you lose your bird the person who finds it can contact you directly by phoning the telephone number on the tail mount. This will speed up the process of retrieving your lost bird.

The worst feeling in the world is when you have lost your bird and the best feeling in the world is when someone rings to tell you they've found it

 

Email me the phone number you want on your plectrum and if a different sizes is required email me the dimensions A, B, and C.

 

The telemetry clip fits Marshall, Luksander,  Biotrackís, Tail mount lights, tail guards and other transmitter.

 

If you would like to purchase one of these plectrums go to the For Sale Page

or if you have any questions please email me james@lancsfalconry.co.uk

 

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