Tuesday, 17 July 2012

I do sometimes wonder about companies and their websites. I am staggered at how difficult it very often is to find contact details on so many sites. The first thing I look for is a land address as I like to know who I am dealing with and where they are because particularly for large items it makes a difference in postage. I also like to know that I have a real place that I can get at if there are problems. I also want a phone number, there is a contact button on every page of my website and you would think that large companies would do the same. I have just tried to find an address for Joules – a clothing company that goes to shows, or this year does not go to shows as most have been cancelled, could I find their damned address nope. A ton of stores, including four in London, but no office address – very poor I reckon. I also intensely dislike those forms for emails, I would much rather just have an email address to write to the company. Its all very frustrating I find, and when I can’t find this stuff I don’t use that company!

We have had an exhausting few days, at 11.30am on Saturday we flew the White-tailed Sea-eagle, and things did not go according to plan! She was the first bird of the day and usually when something goes wrong, you can almost guarantee that things will continue to not work as one might like. I rushed down and flew Bohemia the Saker. Now I have never seen an eagle chase a falcon with any degree of persistence, and that is why we fly them as we consider that they would be safe. Well apparently our White-tailed Sea-eagle does not fit the normal plan!! She took off and seriously chased Bohemia who was not impressed and flew faster and further than we have even seen her do before!!! So we picked her up from the field next door where she was sitting waiting for us and very pleased to see Holly she was too!! We then flew a baby owl, whom she ignored completely, I then flew a kite and she chased that, but again did not get near. The following demonstration she was out of the field and so we started with Hare, well at every damn demonstration when she was out of the field, she rolled up smack on flying time with unerring accuracy!! Hare flew well until she sailed interestedly (not chasing him!) over his head at which point he went into a tree and refused to move, she then landed in the same tree. Hare was not impressed and at one point he stomped over on the branch above with his hackles up, but then sensibly having seem how big she is he changed his mind!

So now we have two eagles up in a tree, so we flew a Lanner, who went well and neither eagle moved, then I flew a Harris Hawk. Now Hare has never been interested in any other bird, but this time he took off and aimed straight for Bay Middleton (who did not notice!) I threw out a lure hoping Hare would come down, but instead the Harris Hawk grabbed it. Hare then few down to get the lure as well and I hide the Harris with me in between Hare and Bay Middleton and Simon waved a delicious rat at Hare who said thank you and came in. So now we have only one Eagle in a tree and I stupidly put the Harris up again, off flew the eagle, off flew the Harris and at one point the Harris was chasing the eagle!! Both sat in trees by the top pond. So I went down and eventually called Bay Middleton down. We flew a kites who again got chased and then finally decided to only fly indoors from then on!

The eagle flew around every now and then, never leaving the Centre, sitting on about every conceivable perch, the house, the hawk walk, the barns, various trees, the chimney pots, the stand off barriers, Simon’s flat, you name it, she was there. She always looked as if she might come down, but would not. Sunday, more of the same, John came in early every day, but no joy. All demonstrations inside, which is hard work and many of the birds not flown, none of the birds could go out for a bath on the lawns, all grills were kept down, and life was tricky. Same again on Monday, she was getting keener, but still not ready to come in. We were getting very tired of her at this point although she was doing some fantastic flying and at one point she caught a thermal and was probably over 100 feet up and three miles away – she looked very small! We thought that we would be wandering around Gloucestershire looking for her, but within an hour she was back again!! Right on flying time!!

Tuesday dawned fair, I had a riding lesson early, Art while trotting up the lane shied violently to one side at a particularly dangerous stinging nettle and dumped me in the lane, it was a second between being on the horse and sitting in the nettles looking up at the horse!!!. To be fair he stayed put and just looked at me. I climbed back on and had a great lesson because I was so pissed off with him that he went like a dream!! Needless to say later than day he lost another bloody shoe!! In the meantime the eagle was still having fun around the Centre, but finally at about 2.30pm she can in for food to Holly. A huge sigh of relief was made by all and we did our first outside demonstration to end the day.

I was at a Hawk and Owl Trust meeting for almost the whole day in Charlie's Room, so I missed the excitement of her coming in, but that was fine, she was home!

I am very tired and somewhat stiff right now!!


Ukfalc said...
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Ukfalc said...

A very entertaining blog, although undoubtedly highly frustrating and very tiring for everyone at the centre.

I have a couple of questions, that I'm intrigued to know the answer to:-

1) Would the WT Sea Eagle see other raptors as food and thus pose a danger to the other birds of prey that it was chasing?

2) Who is the hansome little bird sitting on the towel?

sue hyde said...

agreed, entertaining for us as a reader, but not so for all you at the centre i'm sure.

Jemima Parry-Jones MBE said...

The bird on the towel is a Lesser Kestrel and yes it could have posed a danger which is why when it started to do it we stopped the demonstrations for two days and only flew indoors!!!


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.

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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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