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.

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