One of the highlights during our trip in Herefordshire was the visit in the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newton. You'll find more information about the centre on their Website.
Sie sieht aus wie ein kleines weisses "Gspängstli", die Schleiereule in Action.
Barn Owls look to me like little ghosts.
Isn't she a beauty?
I think this was a Harris Hawk, but I'm not sure anymore. For me it's very difficult to see the difference between Hawks, Kites, Buzzards etc.
I was always wondering, why the birds didn't just vanish while flying free. But they are well kept, have enough food and everything else they need for a comfort life. But sometimes they get out of sight for a short time to have some fun with the pidgeons or other wildlife at the field beside the centre. During the show, one kite disappeared for about five minutes and then returned to finish the show. The staff wasn't bothered at all, they knew the birds will return sometime.
Mother and daughter at their show.
A falcon at his training program.
Of course the man isn't hurting the falcon. He just swings the rope while the falcon tries to get the target at the end of the rope.
He enjoys that game and takes just another try ...
… to catch that thing.
And so he did! Well done!
The star of the show was this snow-owl youngster. What a beauty!
Well, he needed a little bit more motivation to get his butt in the air. The staff member has first to come a bit closer to persuade the feathery guy.
Natürlich sind die Flugshows für uns Besucher faszinierend, aber das Zentrum macht fiel mehr. Sie päppeln verletzte Raubvögel wieder auf, wildern sie aus, wann immer das möglich ist ... wenn nicht, haben die Tiere im Zentrum ein Für-Immer-Zuhause. Auch Zucht wird betrieben und Aufklärung und Unterstützung in fernen Ländern angeboten, um das Aussterben vieler bedrohter Arten zu verhindern. Wirklich eine gute Sache und natürlich haben wir uns da noch etwas weiter umgesehen unter den Bewohnern.
Of course the shows are the publicums favorite, but there is a lot more the centre is doing to protect and save many of the most endangered species of birds of prey. They get injured birds, foster them to get them back into the wild or if this isn't possible because they have seriously injuries, they'll have a forever home at the centre. The staff work on projects all over the world to provent extinction of those magnificent creatures. They do such an important job. Of course we had a good look around between the shows.
Hey, Babe. Have a date with me?
In another life, kid.
Oh, you wanted to meet the little red riding hood? Sorry, wrong cap.
Vulture. The ICBP is working hard to save vultures from disappearing. Those misunderstood animals are very important to the Environment in prevention of disease, cleaning up and in some places for cultural reasons. Fingers crossed that those projects will end in a success.
Hmm, Habicht, Milan, Bussard oder doch ein Adler? Sorry, mein Guter, ich kenne mich wirklich zu wenig aus.
Hawk, Kite, Buzzard or Eagle? Sorry, I don't know anymore… What I do know, that he looks very majestic and …
Auf alle Fälle kann er seine Flugshow kaum abwarten.
… that he can't wait to get back up into the air.
A Hawk… I guess.
He is waiting for his stage appearance as ...
… does this little falcon.
Gosh, I didn't even ask him to pose. He's a natural :o)
Oh dear, I still have to laugh thinking back on this giant baby. The hopping feather ball is a Condor baby girl.
That pic shall give you an understanding how big the baby was.
She seems to join the staff everywhere, even in their lunch time. To our joy, she had a lot of nonsense in her mind.
Uuuuargh, I'm a big bird monster, who frightens the people to death!
Warum glaubt mir das bloss keiner?
Why don't they believe me?
Fruit salad… how delicious … Sure this is for me.
After lunch it's playtime.
Then a little bit of cuddling.
Gosh, I would have loved to take this sweet girl with me. How my neighbors would have looked, to see a Condor flying over their heads :o). But no, of course the Baby Condor is in good hands at the ICBP. If you like, I show you some more photos of this exciting place on another time. Till then, have a good time.