On a beautiful, sunny Saturday a few weeks ago, I spent the morning at Falco West Sussex Falconry. It was a mother’s day / birthday treat, a chance to research for a character in one of my future books, but mainly I went because I love birds of prey!
This is Phoenix, probably my favourite bird of the day.
I have plenty of shots of this Harris Hawk, but here are just a couple. The first is a view of it sitting on my arm.
We also got to fly Crystal (Chrissy) the Barn Owl. She’s tiny and weighs nothing, but is a real stunner to watch fly.
The above picture is Chrissy sitting on my hand (such a privilege).
There were lots of other owls at Falco, which were brilliant to see but unfortunately my photos aren’t good enough to share.
I love this next falcon, but admittedly can’t remember which type it is. I think it is a Saker Falcon.
This next bird is a Hybrid bird, clearly part peregrine falcon.
Finally, I’ve already shared a few photos of this young Buzzard on a Wordlesswednesday post. But I had to show off this photo again because it still makes me smile!
I really recommend a falconry day if you like birds of prey. Nothing beats having one fly onto your hand and being so close to these majestic creatures.
Tomorrow’s stop on the blog tour is a guest post about ‘How writing has turned me into an obsessive learner’. I mention this experience in the post, so it seems a perfect day to share this with you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them.