Archive for December, 2018

Last post of the year.

Well we have had a good Christmas period with bookings and thankfully the weather has been great – not cold, a gentle breeze and dry – what more could one ask for! Of course ‘Bo’ the Eagle Owl is popular with guests because she is a friendly bird that will happily fly to people but I have to mention ‘Pete’ the Kestrel who has flown just brilliantly – vertical stoops and all.

I am hoping to fly him more at shows this year – which is a step up from small group work. He has done shows before but it is building up the confidence to fly him just about anywhere – he is fine on static display – which is great. The same I feel is for ‘Sprite’ our Peregrine – so right for Thornbury Castle and similar venues but I think flying at shows though more challenging is something we can aim for this year. I would like others to share in him – he is a wonderful falcon and has benefited from been flown all year round – much tamer – I have go to know him much better.

One of our favourite places is to be built on – new houses. The crops last summer were harvested early to allow for survey and archeological work to be done.  The crops of rape and spring barley have self seeded and grown on creating a wonderful habitat for wildlife. We have a large covey of wild pheasant that bred in the field – I have mentioned this previously but also many skylarks and I have flushed snipe, woodcock and partridge. So this window of time has proved excellent for wildlife and shows wildlife will readily colonise an area if conditions are right. I will sign off with a picture of madam in the field with the self seeded barley behind her,

Happy New Year to all and thanks for the bookings this past year.

December – hawk walking, dog walking.

Pottering on is the order of the day – I was up and about to take the dog for an early walk and then flew the birds down on the Knowle – I hawkwalked ‘Arizona’ our Harris Hawk – tree to tree along the brook.

It is technically called ‘following on’ and Harris Hawks do it better than any other bird – living with other harris hawks in groups of 6-8 individuals in the wild – the idea of cooperation of working together is natural to them. They adopt the falconer as part of the pack and where he goes they follow – forming a little hunting party if you like.

Later on in the afternoon after waking from dozing in front of the snooker I took madam out for her afternoon walk. A beautiful afternoon with plenty of wild pheasants to flush – nothing could be better!

Pete the Kestrel flying again and well – which is just great. Anyway I will leave with a picture of Arizona taken in the week – feeding off the fist while using my mobile to try to take a picture an another picture of Madam this afternoon on our walk.