Well, a few weeks ago I said I’d like to take my son to the cotswold falconry centre. He had a school open day on Saturday, so they were all given the day off on Monday. It was a nice day, so we decided it would be a good day to visit. So we loaded up with cameras, picnic etc. and off we all went.
Tomek was able to poke his camera through the little spyholes they had to give the breeding pairs of falcons and hawks some extra security. I couldn’t. So although I saw the pair of peregrines, Tomek was able to take a shot of one of them.
As usual, all images are clickable for higher resolution ones. (Although top resolution are not published, they are available on request).
I got a few shots, but a lot of them were very samey from last time, and to be honest, not quite as good. One of the best was the kestrel, which was outside this time. Last time it was inside because it was cold.
I got to fly this Harris Hawk, Tomek was offered, but didn’t fancy it (probably because the plonker flew it right over his head just before – wish people would be more sensible with children).
Up close, Harris Hawks are quite amazing. They’re not that special to look at from a distance though. The falconer said you can train a Harris Hawk in a week.
This one wasn’t out last time either. Interesting fellow.
This Saker was stood on his perch flapping. Thought I’d take a shot.
Leah the Lanner Falcon was flying free this time. Last time she was on a line.
The Caracaras were noisy and most of the time they seemed to prefer to walk.
My AF still can’t keep up with birds in flight, but this was about the best flying shot I managed.
They seemed to have two Gyr-Saker falcons today