I had a lovely time at Falconry Days in Northumberland (http://falconrydays.com/index.php). We got to meet a large selection of the birds, have some of them fly to our gloves, see some fly to the lure and generally had a lovely day. Something I learned that I hadn't known was that when a bird sheds a feather either by moulting or if it pulls it out deliberately (I'm looking at you Kevin-the-Kestrel!), they are kept so that if a feather gets broken, it can be replaced! This is called this "imping" (from implanting).
|Marmo the Tawny Owl|
|Kevin the Kestrel (naughty lad, pulling a feather out!)|
|Prince the Peregrine Falcon|
|Spock the European Eagle Owl doing one of his tricks; flying to sit between us!|
|Teal the Gyr/Lanner in flight|
|Frazer the Harrier Hawk, taking in the view from above|