When you tell someone to picture a vulture in their mind’s eye, many folks think of a creepy, bald-headed bird preying on the carcasses of dead animals. While they do have a penchant for feasting on carrion, these remarkable birds are not deserving of their bad reputation. In fact, they are quite a beautiful sight to behold – especially in flight. Scott Mason, who combined his love of falconry with the sport of paragliding, is using parahawking as a way to shed a positive light on the vulture’s reputation, and to educate the public about the importance that conservation plays in the survival of this species.

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