Our team of Birds. We pride ourselves that we specialise in using English Birds of Prey, we only have 3 non-indigenous birds, the Harris Hawks.
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Pancake is the new addition to our team and he has been an exciting challenge to train having never had any experience with kites other than ones on strings. It has been quite different and heart-stopping but we can honestly say it's been interesting to see a valuable new member in the team.
The only foreigners in our team, but we couldn't do without them. Kushka, Ronnie and Omar are invaluable, Kushka being the old lady, but being the mistress of the hunting field. Ronnie and Omar (Reggie in the show ring, as they are a pair of thugs!)
Ivor, is a miserable, grumpy old bugger, and I don't think he even likes his own shadow but he’s a cracking specimen of a buzzard. Sometimes he will fly, sometimes he won't; it all depends on the day with him. People are surprised, how big a buzzard isn't, yet still looks large and impressive on the glove.
Hector, is one of the few goshawks that you will see flown in the show ring, as well as hunting on quarry. He has that real scary, psycho look. With his piercing orange-red eyes and stare. Well behaved and admired by everybody (except for the bunnies), a big favourite, as they’re quite elusive in the wild, heard of, but rarely seen.
Spindle, the smallest of our English hawks, the female being a lot larger than the male. These hawks are commonly seen taking birds in peoples’ gardens, consequently gaining lots of resentment. Come and meet and handle Spindle, and hopefully change your mind about that nasty, evil sparrowhawk that raids the garden. You've all seen those kids that always look dirty no matter what; Spindle is the bird version but you can’t help but like him
Wiggins (pictured) and Ellie, the fastest living things on the planet. Marvel at their 100MPH+ stoops at the lure, and their agility when they turn. Sometimes pulling up to 3Gs when turning sharply. Both are pure peregrines, as I don't fly hybrids (nothing wrong with a mongrel, but personal preference!). Wiggins flies really close to the arena, at top speed, stooping and attacking the lure, whereas Ellie, will roam out making big height for one almighty big finish.
Kevin and Primrose, our two British kestrels are stars in there own right. Kevin being one of the highlights of our displays, as he hovers over the show arena like a wild bird almost showing off with his stunning blue head and tail. Primrose never fails to please flying to and fro between peoples gloves occasionally telling me off if her tidbit is not there when she gets there before me.
Brad is the smallest, not only on our team, but the smallest British falcon, with probably the biggest personality. He is, I think, one of the hardest falcons I've flown because he is fast and can turn on a sixpence and fly straight back at you, making you and anyone watching dizzy. Traditionally, the ladies’ bird but, WOW, I don't care.
Boo is a gentle giant and being a male not as big as the female, but just as impressive. The european eagle owl is the largest species of owl in the world. Boo is in his 20's and will be around for another 40 years. A very friendly old boy with not a nasty feather on his body, he wouldn't even hurt a mouse.
Reg is the little-big man, always bobbing up and down trying to look bigger than what he is. This is the smallest of our British owls and with his grumpy attitude and permanent frown; a big favorite with children and adults.
Leo, is I think, the prettiest of our British owls. Again nearing on 8 years old, she is a big family favorite not only always wanting to talk to you a typical woman, by always getting the last word in. She’s a very friendly owl and eye catching with her ear tufts and bright orange eyes.
Flint is not only the biggest of our English owls, but is the twit-two-oo, that every child associates with the noise that an owl makes. Flint is now nearly 8 years old and was one of the first birds my daughter trained (Flint will do anything for her and nothing for me).
Fred, Ginger and Parsnip. Parsnip (pictured), being bred by us from Fred and Ginger, is used on all our experience days, school work and photography sessions, whereas Fred and Ginger are used and flown as a cast (pair) in our shows and flying displays.