Penfold wrote: Tonyblack wrote:
Penfold wrote:However, tomorrow I will be going to see some hawks which we will be allowed to handle and which will also be flown for us to photograph. I will do my best to get some good ones to show you later.
Take a box of plasters, Penners. Have a great time.
I will attempt to avoid doing impressions of Hodgesaargh.
We finally got to go to the falconry evening that had been postponed due to bad weather a couple of weeks ago. I did have a sort of Hodgsaargh moment when the barn owl they were flying totally ignored both handlers (and the food they held) to fly to me before landing on my arm. I wasn't wearing the gauntlets and was expecting a few cuts and scratches from the very sharp claws so I was very surprised to find her grip very gentle. She then hopped onto my camera lens and perched there while my friends were busy clicking away (photos to follow when I receive them) and the handlers frantically calling her. This happened three times altogether!
It was a fantastic evening and all round great experience. Here are a few pics to be getting on with, with more to follow later.
Barn Owl that almost gave me that Hodgsaargh moment.
African Eagle Owl.