Archive for November, 2017

Birds of prey displays – late November update – 2017

Well November is nearly at its end – it normally reminds me of J A Baker – but I will use his iconic phrase at the beginning of December but suffice to say winter is almost upon us.

As always we fly all year round so we are available at short notice for any bookings that may come in but also our continued availability for guests at Thornbury Castle – many of which are American guests who love the history of the place brought to life in part by a falconry display – bringing the past back to life.

So our birds are flying everyday – we are fortunate to have the choice of a number of flying areas and we just rotate round – decision been made each morning as to where to go – weather can play its part as some areas are more protected.

Having flying field options is particularly useful for the demonstration bird of prey so they are not phased when confronted with a new place or venue to fly. All the birds are flying well – during the colder months they have more to eat which is important as it is colder but also shortened daylight hours brings a sense of urgency in the bird of prey to hunt – this also shows in the demonstration falcon and other birds of prey. It means that the birds condition can drift up which is a good thing without the summer worry of  the bird been lost.

I leave you with a puzzle of a picture of a Harris Hawk flying away, climbing and returning – the leaves are off the tree in the background signifying that is the right time of year. This was taken at the old community field that was virtually my own to fly for thirty years.

December is going to be busy for us in relative terms so I will report with an update and my J A baker quote!

 

 

November update – Michael Davie – falconry and birds of prey displays.

Well we head into November – it is a long winter! We keep a team of birds of prey flying throughout the winter heading towards our Christmas program of events. This allows flexibility always to be ready should any overnight events come in – which they can do at this time of year particularly if  the weather is good.

We have some maintenance to do over the winter plus the van needs to go in for a major service while we have a chance.

We visit the Knowle at least a three times a week to exercise the birds and I am glad to report that the little wild kestrel has been back again – often flying a trained falcon will bring them in out of curiosity. The same can be said of wild peregrines too. We have not seen our local peregrine recently – I suspect it is on another part of its territory. There are so many woodpigeons on the rape at the moment they can take their pick. I have not been down towards the pylons with the dog recently as she has had an infected dew claw – to which she is receiving treatment. We are keeping off rough ground at the moment until it is fully healed. I leave you will a picture of me flying ‘Bo’ our eagle owl at Blenheim palace – picture by Karl Drage.