“Saffron” (a 13 years old female Harris Hawk)
This hawk as with “Monty” is utilized for all my hunting trips, working with my Springer spaniel “Coco” she has been held responsible for many head of both rabbit as well as pheasant.
Harris Hawks originate from the Central America’s and are the only gregarious bird of prey. Living and working in communes of up to twelve birds at a time they prey on manly ground quarry, rabbits, hares etc.
“Glyndwr” (an immature tiercel Goshawk)
These birds, in my opinion, are the ultimate hunting hawk. Whether you are flying rabbit, pheasant or partridge these hawks excel again and again when out in the field.
Not the ideal hawk to start with due its temper mentality, however with experience of other larger buteos is a nice hawk to work up to.
Found in various countries around the world, the Goshawk has many sub-species, and range from the western Americas , through to Great Britain into Europe, Scandinavia , Russia , finally finishing off in the Far East where the falconers of this area fly the diminutive little hawk, the Shikra.
“Olwyn” (an immature 2 years old Tawny Owl)
Hand reared from 20 days old and a delight to handle and fly. Used on all our experience days and displays – she delights the audience with her eiry and silent flight.
“Emma” (an intermewed 13th season female Lanner Falcon)
This falcon has been an absolute joy to work with right from her first season. With her speed and technique she has been used on pest control contracts up and down the country clearing both landfill sites as well as urban areas. Lately she has been used for all my summer shows and without doubt makes an excellent display falcon.
Lanner falcons originally come from the North West area of Africa, Nigeria in particular, however can be seen as far east as Saudi Arabia . Catching their prey on the wing their most favourite of quarry is the North African partridge or as they prefer to call it, the Francolin.
“Sultan” (a 12th season Sakerette)
This hawk came into my possession through a good friend. Bought to replace a female Peregrine I was working at the time for my pest control contracts, the hawk soon proved its worth and was placed into my team of rough hawking falcons alongside Emma” very soon afterwards.
Saker Falcons as well as the Lanner falcon and Lugger falcon, a sub-species of the Lanner, can make particularly good birds to start off with if you are considering flying a falcon as opposed to a hawk. However, careful weight control and correct training methods still need to be adhered to what ever hawk you are flying.
Saker falcons originate from the Saudi Arabian areas and are the prized hunting falcons of the desert. In flight their main quarry would be the Houbara or McQueen’s bustard as well as the Stone Curlew. These falcons are also able to take ground quarry, the desert rabbit being their preferred choice.
“Monty” (a seasoned male Harris Hawk)
This hawk has been with me for over four years old and still performs brilliantly in the field. Used for both hunting as well as certain pest control contracts this bird has never let me down once.
Harris hawks are without doubt the most popular bird of prey used in this country for falconry purposes. They are amiable hawks that learn very quickly and are perfect companions for the novice falconer. Whether you choose to work them over ferrets, with a dog or just from the fist, they rarely disappoint.
“Odin” (a 9 months old male Snowy Owl)
Besides the obvious fact that this bird is stunning to look at, Odin has a remarkable temperament for a Snowy Owl. Used mainly in the winter months for our experience days and school visits. Odin delivers the ‘wow’ factor.
“Lundy” (First year Peregrine Falcon)
Bought into my team in the August of 2013, Lundy is used on all our experience day activities, where we take a drive onto our moorland, 1500ft above sea level and experience what this bird does best! High level and dynamic stoops either to a lure or onto rough quarry.