Sunday, 2 February 2014

We made it through to another year! We re-opened yesterday, actually the weather was not quite as awful as forecast, however it was not great, but we did manage to fly almost everyone, either indoors or outdoors. We had many of our members come to see us and it was lovely to see them and a few brave non-members as well.


Today the weather is better, at least the wind has more or less gone and we have been able to fly outside for most of the day. Mark’s Merlin Megstone is about ready to go loose again. My Hobby is nearly there although it has a tail that is part hers and part various Merlins as well!! But it works and that is the main thing.


Muckle Row, the Red Kite was amazing yesterday, completely unphased by being indoors and actually did circuits in there as well, I was most impressed. I was less impressed when Benbecula bit my eyebrow though!      


Hilbre who is new, our Striated Caracara did her first proper outside demonstration today and was very focused, she needs all sorts of interesting things to do as they are super bright and tough to manage if they get bored. So John is planning on different things for her to achieve. Oh and Helen flew her first falcon on demo too, they both did well.


All flew well today, apart from Tiapan who did a brief disappearing act and then arrived back in the Play Area, very puffed. The big problem with peregrines is that they do enormous circuits and before they are fit they run out of steam!!

Very sadly my lovely male Sparrow hawk Deneb managed to kill himself by eating quail and getting a bit stuck in his throat two days ago. I had put him in for the night as it was cold and left him happily eating a quail, only to find him dead on the floor of the box in the morning, which was desperately upsetting. He was starting to go so well and looked stunning in his adult plumage. It was just sheer bad luck.
On the other side, the Verreaux’s now have two eggs, and we have an egg from the Hooded Vultures as well. We have to hatch that one from fresh as she broke two last year. So it is safely in the incubator and she is sitting on a goose egg. Fingers crossed for them. The Palm Nut Vultures are looking interested as well, and the Golden Eagles have just been given and demolished their fourth nest!
Come and see us, we need the visitors............



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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