Waxwing

Waxwing
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Owls, Eagles, Hawks and Falcons at The Gardens









I spent several hours this morning at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens where they were holding a falconry event.

The photos aren't that sharp but I had a lot of fun experimenting and practising with the 70 - 300 mm lens!

This is "Woody" - a male Asian Brown Wood Owl (SE Asia) hatched in 2010. All the birds on display and taking part in the flights are captive bred.





"Scratchy" - a male Gyr x Saker Falcon Hybrid (hatched in 2008)





"Tock" - a female Harris Hawk - hatched 2004 (native to Central and Southern America)



"Bazil" a male Bengal Eagle Owl hatched in 1996 (native to India, Nepal, Pakistan)



"Tosca" - a female Steppe Eagle (Native to Central Asia) Hatched 2001



"Slate" - a Gyr x Peregrine Falcon Hybrid - hatched 2004





Here's a few photos from the hour long flying display. Didn't have much luck taking birds in flight - the speed of the birds was playing havoc with the autofocus so most of the photos were only fit for the delete button! Need to re-read the manual!

"Tock"







"Bazil" who preferred walking to flying!








"Buzz" - Common Kestrel





"Woody"



"Scratch"



Hopefully, I've got the birds' names and species correct - I lost half my notes!

It was a shame I couldn't be there for the second flying display with the remaining four birds at 3.30 but I had other arrangements (oh yes, top of the Premiership :D)!

Hopefully, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens will hold a similar event next year - I will certainly return as it really was a super experience and brilliant for children as the flying display was very interactive.

2 comments:

Dean said...

Great set of shots, Caroline.

Ragged Robin said...

Thank you Dean.