Monday, 1 April 2013
Its April 1st, and the coldest Easter on record, but actually yesterday was really very pleasant, yes it was cold, but it was sunny most of the day and the birds flew just amazingly. We had one visitor who had been concerned about paying to come in and indeed I think two of them stayed in the car, when he left he said it was the most amazing place, quite fantastic and he would come again. It’s always so very difficult to encourage people that what they will see here is amazing and well worth the entry money.
Mark’s young Grey Buzzard Eagle was just staggering yesterday, he is almost unfailingly good and uses the wind really well, but yesterday as you will see in the picture, he got really ambitious and did the most amazing stoop. Holly and I were watching him from the Hawk Walk and we were really excited about it, so John got an even better view and the visitors were entranced. I have to say that Fortina also went brilliantly, both she and Alexandria and getting back to fitness and she had a whale of a time yesterday. Alexandria is more tricky, she is 11 years old now, and she had a couple of illnesses last year, so some days I think I will never get her fit again, and others she does really well, so we persevere and I am pretty sure she is having a good time with it.

The babies are doing well, the young Bald Eagle that we put with the Stellers had to come out though. When we put it in the Steller’s chick was about twice the size, but they were doing OK, now however the Stellers is nearly four times the size and the problem is with this interminable cold is affecting the young. When the parents get off to get food, or feed the chicks, it is so cold that they quickly lose heat and then don’t want to feed. So we have whipped the Bald Eagle away and will try it with another parent on Tuesday when more staff are in. However our most delightful hatching is our baby Verreaux’s eagle, he or she is doing well, five days old now, feeding and growing well and due to go to a foster parent in a week or so. We are really pleased about that. We also have a Hooded Vulture egg with the hooded vultures, and the Palmnuts have laid and so far the eggs are well, the new nests are making a difference and the eggs are not getting pushed around as much.
The Lanners had four eggs and we are double clutching them, the Sakers have laid and Sage is doing much better with Jack Danials, he looks like he will be a potential dad, which will be lovely, its not easy to find pure bred birds these days. We just hope the weather will break soon and we will have some warm dry weather to encourage everyone else to get on with laying.
It’s cold and grey today, but at least it is dry again. The mares have gone back home, Autumn is getting close to foaling, and my field has no grass left. I need to chain harrow and roll it now so that if the grass ever does start to grow again, it will have a good chance and the field needs to look good and be sound by the end of August for our Falconry Weekend!
And as usual, thanks to Linda for not only her staggering photo's, but her endless generousity in sharing them with us. And that thanks goes to all the photographers who are amazing with their support and their offering of photos, we really appreciate you all.



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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