My wife spotted one of those voucher offers for a day flying birds of prey and snapped it up, but waited until father’s day to give it to me from the kids.
We had the rare opportunity of a day off together last week and so she and I headed off to Bedfordshire to the The English School of Falconry to fly with the eagle…. Quite literally.
It was beautiful day and about a dozen people had obviously had the same idea as us, as we saw when we arrived at the venue. They have a huge number of hawks, owls, falcons and eagles to name a few and we met quite a number of them.
Whilst the owls are quite the most intriguing of birds of prey, the one that really makes you gasp is the eagle. We met, and flew, Denver, a young bald eagle (so young he was not yet bald!) and even though this was his first flight in public, he was very obliging and flew to us all for just the smallest bit of day old chick (yuk!).
I have to say it was a lovely thing to experience and to learn so much about these rare and wonderful birds and the staff at the bird of prey centre were not only knowledgeable but very engaging and entertaining.
The centre had only recently relocated to their new home and we had to fly in a nearby location as they were having some difficulty with local planners. I wish them all the luck, and thought about offering the planners a diagram explaining the difference between an elbow and the thing you sit on!
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Thanks to my kids (!) for a great father's day gift and something I would recommend if you ever get the chance