BATHING OF HAWKS (in Falconry). Whenthebirdisweaned, hired, rewarded, and reclaimed, she is then presented with a basin of water in which she may stand thigh deep, and lave herself, upon a mild and fair day; it increases the strength, sharpens the appetite, and emboldens the hawk.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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