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When you fly an eagle from the glove, there is a lot happening that an observer might not notice. An eagle's eyesight is 6x better than a human's, and oftentimes an eagle will see things that you don't. You have to learn to trust your eagle and when he reacts in a way that means he has seen a hare, and to let him go. These cues are subtle. You can feel a certain electricity in your glove when they see something and get ready to launch. They will look for your to push them away with your arm and give them a boost as they leave your glove. However, sometimes an eagle sees something you don't want to them chase - a coyote, or a rattlesnake, or a hare that's running on the other side of a busy road. You have to be able to read your eagle's body language instantly and know whether or not to release him. Every second counts as the hare is a speedy and wily creature and the eagle needs every advantage. As the falconer you are holding the jesses tightly in your gloved hand, and you have a moment to decide whether to continue holding them and prevent your eagle from flying, or to let them slip through your fingers and watch the chase unfold in front of you. The best scenario is when you both see a hare appear at the same time - then it is effortless.