- 991 - The Battle of Maldon. A poem describing it says that before the battle, the Anglo-Saxons' leader Byrhtnoth "let his tame hawk fly from his hand to the wood".
- 1070 - The Bayeux Tapestry shows King Harold of England with a Hawk in one scene.
Bird Of Prey
Gracefully floating on invisible thermals overhead,
Flies the great bird of prey with sharp eyes of red.
With large feathered wings unfolded in gliding flight,
It hovers high above far from its intended prey's sight.
Nesting songbirds with chicks in a tree nearby,
Fly up to harass the predator patrolling the sky.
They block and they peck, no need for much force,
They surround the hawk, make it change its course.
Circling in patterns the predator flies around,
Until with telescopic eyes its prey is found.
The hunter folds its wings and heads for the ground,
The unsuspecting prey does not hear a sound.
With talons extended and wings opened wide,
It seizes its prey and squeezes until it has died.
On swift strong wings it flies off to the west,
To feed its chicks that wait in their nest.
Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.