Sunday, 28 March 2010
Most of Friday was spent filming with Tigress Films who are making a film about the vulture story in the Indian Subcontinent, which is good, I have never understood why the BBC have not taken up what is an amazing story. Which reminds me we were all fuming at coffee yesterday as some of us had watched the documentary film on top predators, it was dreadful!!! It was inaccurate, the peregrine in the film kept changing from an adult to a juvenile bird and back again and it was the usual crap that is given out about Peregrines, very annoying and you wonder why they don’t get their facts straight and film the right aged bird!!

Whatever………… as always with filming, much of the day was taken up with getting ready and then interviews. The baby vulture behaved beautifully, of course and even the turkey vultures were filmed, but I don’t know if they will use it. They were rather nervous about having a film crew in their enclosure with them! The female Eurasian Griffon Vulture sat on her wooden egg for most of the filming only getting off to have an argument with one of the other birds. I am seriously thinking of splitting up the two pairs, but we are not sure which is the breeding male, to that makes it a little difficult to say the least.

Very sadly we had to have our extremely elderly Ruppells vulture euthanized this week, she was almost blind, very lame from arthritis and it was the right thing to do, but we will miss her as she was a nice old lady. Not at all sadly the hybrid vulture went to a friend of mine this week as well. He was not a pleasant bird with the other vultures and I am delighted that he has gone, he is actually going to have a good time as he is going to be flown, Andrew trained and flew his brother, so he knows what he is doing and Caffrey will have a very large enclosure all to himself which will suit his temperament!! Now the single Lappet-faced Vulture is on her own and I need to try and find her a mate as she is a wonderful bird.

We had a hunting day on Friday which went fine, and we were very lucky with the rain which was intermittent enough not to be a problem. We had a hawk day on Saturday and the sun was out intermittently! The only down side of these experience days is that it is difficult to get all the birds flown either because of time constrictions, or the field being in use for the course. Oh to win the lottery and have lots of land, so we could fly birds in more than one area at a time.

It was a glorious morning on Sunday morning, although I managed to get the time all wrong, two good friends came to stay unexpectedly so we had a convivial evening, but they had to leave at 7.00am for Martin to catch a plane, so that would be 6.00am because the clocks changed, so I said I would get them up at 6.30am to leave at 7.00, which was really 6.00, but unfortunately got it wrong and got up at 5.30am which was really 4.30am or was it, I have no bloody idea and I am completely mixed up time wise now.

A good friend of mine in Spain has just had his Golden Eagle stolen, so if anyone hears anything or knows of a Canadensis Golden Eagle that is somewhere it should not be, let me know, there is a reward for finding him. I loath people who steal birds, I think they are the lowest of the low. The people in South Carolina tried their best to steal my birds when they went to USFWS and persuaded them not to allow me to do the application to bring them back to the UK, dirty dirty tricks – but to be expected sadly.

It’s a grey start to the day today, just what we need for the Easter holidays damn it. Lets hope they are wrong about snow later in the week and that the weekend will be a good one. They were wrong about the weather yesterday, we had a lovely day.



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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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