Saturday, 16 June 2012
Rain and more rain, I have to admit to being a little tired of it. My pond is very full and I suspect that the hosepipe ban  may not be that necessary anymore. I hope you all like the new website, I know the orange is very orange, but it is so that more people, particularly those with children realise what a great place it is. And the other two parts are less bright!! I am starting on the history page, it is going to take a while, but should be fun when it is done.
Linda has put up a lovely video of the baby Aplomado feeding, just press the YouTube button on the new website and you will find it. She is coming with us tomorrow to film the demonstration at Milland Village Fair, which is a highly organised and wonderful old fashioned village affair that we went to two years ago. Watch this space!!
Art managed to lose a shoe again and so has not been ridden for several days and then when it was replaced I managed to get out once before either time or rain stopped play. I have to go to Yorkshire on Tuesday to see Charlie and Vicky and see how things are going at ICBP Duncombe, back on Wednesday and then I have to go to London the following week. Hope the car survives all the trips!!
The new Tawny Eagle is just wonderful, very quiet and laid back (so far!) Simon made a hood for her, it is a little too small so he is going for another attempt, but she was good as gold at being hooded. I really do want to have her good to it. It makes things so much easier if you can hood them, I never leave a hood on for long, but just occasionally it is really useful. Gazelle is chasing small birds very seriously now, he has nearly caught several illegal things recently, I keep telling him he should not do it, but he is having fun trying.
I went up to Paradise Wildlife Park north of the M25 yesterday for the BIAZA Conference and gave a talk about bird of prey demonstrations. It was a good conference, although I left a day and a half early!! Great food and nice to see everyone again. Not sure I want to drive back on a Friday again though, the traffic round Oxford was not fun, but it was wonderful to see all the Red Kites along the M40.
Other than that, not much news at the moment, hopefully the sun will make an appearance soon, that would be very nice.



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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