Archive for March, 2012

Falconry Displays and Birds of Prey Displays by Michael Davie – March update.

photo Hi everyone – well the weather has been good – although gloomy and rather chilly today. The weather is important for The Cheltenham National Hunt Racing Festival which is underway at the moment.

For us its makes the daily flying of our birds of prey more pleasurable with the warming sun accompanied by the sights and sounds of early spring.

Officially spring does not start to next week – but you cannot hold nature back.

Our falconry display bookings are going well – as I said before with a fragile economy it is difficult to predict the future but we had prepared at least for a downturn in corporate activity as well as fewer international visitors for our Hotel displays – this is what has happened.

Thankfully as an established company with a wide net we have found new opportunities as falconry and birds of prey displays are popular for so many different audiences . I remain a student of our sport and its history and in a way feel defined by this aspect – it does provide a driver for my displays.

I think it is important to point out that not only do we provide falconry displays for our own county of Gloucestershire but really birds of prey displays for the whole of Central England the ‘The Midlands’, South West England, South East England and London.

Some good news in that the filming we did for BBC4 last summer for the historical three part documentary ‘She Wolves’ is in the process of being screened – it is wonderful seeing your own birds of prey on the silver screen particularly our Peregrine hybrid ‘Slick’ – it was only a very short piece but it was great! and in a way authentic too. I must thank Thornbury Castle for allowing us to use it as a location and  was pleased that in the end credits this was acknowledged.

Included is a picture of ‘Bo’ our Eagle Owl on the point of catching the dummy rabbit at a ‘tree planting event’ we did last autumn at Cricklade. It again shows the diversity of the events we attend. It is a great photo and I am grateful to Richard for sending it to me.