Sunday, 1 August 2010
I just watched the weather forecast on Country File – crap crap and more crap or rather inaccurate and more inaccurate. Firstly we have had no rain here even worth talking about here at the Centre for months. Secondly they say the weather might be OK on Monday and Tuesday and yet if you look at the map they are talking about its DRY!!! And Sunny - That is NO Rain, what is the matter with these people are they completely mentally deficient – yes they are!! I hate the weather people, they do not have a clue, of course they might possibly consider the old tried and tested method – of looking out of the damn window!!!!!!

The two o clock demonstration was to die for today. Yesterday Hard Tackle had a really hard time with crows and Jackdaws chasing him all over, but today he did his absolute best and he finally managed to get height. He worked really hard, we did not see him for a while, but when we did, it was so worth while. He found thermals and must have been at a good 800 feet, he came over and did one of his famously spectacular eagle stoops, a pleasure, a privilege and an honour to see. And he obviously enjoyed it as well, and just to add to my pleasure for the afternoon, Karis did three average stoops and I put him up for a fourth, which I don’t usually do, and he pulled of a brilliant one, teardrop, all in sight and a joy to behold! The audience were very appreciative, and so they jolly well should have been!

The UK Falconry Forum – NOT to be confused with the International Falconry Forum – which is a nightmare, are joining with us and we are going to run the Falconry and Hawking Event here at ICBP and so we had our first committee meeting, which went well, we think that the grounds lend themselves to a lovely event. There is a ton of work to do, but I hope that it will work well and be a nice end to the summer, we are aiming for the first weekend in September next year, so book that in your diaries as it will be very special.

The Gardens are looking wonderful, thanks mainly to Iloana, Joan’s mother. We have started on smartening up the Eagle Barn, first aviary is painted, so new perches, fresh sand, and the roof lights cleaned will make for a smart and light airy aviary for the younger pair of Verreaux’s. If we get these done early it will make a difference to the breeding season next year and our work load this winter.

D’Arcy Spice is coming along a treat and now responding very well, just have to take the last step and get him going into and out of trees and we will be there and ready for the autumn Owl Evenings. The two baby Burrowing Owls, Rival and Wayside are also coming along in leaps and bounds.

No new injured wild birds in for a couple of days, which is good, and those still here and coming along well. Our new male Kestrel which Joan is training is starting to come to the lure which is good as Greeves is moulting madly and is going to run out of feathers soon. Fortina and Dawn Run have come out after the moult so the change over of birds continues. Bob Dalton gave us a lovely female Barbary Falcon and a Female Harris Hawk, I am going to start the HH tomorrow and Simon is going to do the Barbary, what a nice man!!

The Griffon Vulture is doing well and seems very happy, he is such a nice bird and we are looking forward to the time when he is fully recovered and we can start training him. And a Happy August to all!


Phil Williams said...

Glad you're all having a good time at the Centre. Karis is easily my favourite demonstration bird and I'd have killed to be there today when he was flying so well. Perhaps you could let me know in advance next time he's going to do a teardrop stoop into the flying ground and I can time my visit accordingly? I'm thinking probably the first week of September. Can't wait!


I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

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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