7 pics. Loki was rescued by Coda Falconry and took part in the Falconry Display during King Harold’s Day at Waltham Abbey. Although presently still juvenile, Loki will eventually live for around sixty years, is highly intelligent, full of cheek and seems to like the attention of being a substitute falcon.
Cheek is why Loki is on a long tether (creance). Loki likes doughnuts, other people’s doughnuts and not too fussy how they are obtained. Ravens do have a dark reputation, but he is in fact a handsome fellow. It’s just that they tend to hang around battlefields (well a birds got to eat) and otherwise nick any bauble that takes their fancy.
This is Loki’s official portrait which shows his beautiful plumage (reminds me of the Norwegian Blue).
This is what being a falcon is all about. Being a Peregrine Falcon, as flown by monarchs. More of her further down. First a cute Barn Owl. Click on an image twice for a closer view.
“Alright, who said Kentucky Fried Owl”.
“Except really little ones, yum“.
“And strut about as if one owns the place”.
These are beautiful and very impressive birds, but I don’t think I’d like one in my kitchen. 🙂
“Anybody who thinks that I look like Gonzo the Great, does so at their own risk. Especially that dozy looking photographer over there”.
Peregrine Falcons fly on the level at up to 60 mph and dive at more than 200 mph. These are the jet fighters of the falconry world and come with a regal attitude. Too fast to land safely on a gloved hand, so they chase a lure swung at the end of a long tether. Too fast for me to get a good photograph, but I did at least get her in the frame a couple of times.
“I got it and its mine see”.
“Toodle pip. Do come again, we’ll have some tea”.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing these amazing birds. The pictures were taken during King Harold’s Day at Waltham Abbey. The display was provided by Coda Falconry where you can spend more time with the birds for a fee. There is another Harris Hawk in flight and diving at Leeds Castle.
There was also Loki the cheeky rescued raven, He gets a post of his own here.
“I’m firm but fair and you will applaud”. And they did.
Meanwhile, several gulls were scriking and showing off by making feint dives at the hawks. But, they carefully kept their distance. The hawks disdained any interest. After all, one does not converse with one’s food.
This little miss is a North American Kestrel weighing in at a mere 4 ounces. She was so fast on the wing, that the only photographs I have, are where she used to be. Even the gulls were bemused and kept their distance.
Falcons, we are informed, will only fly free and return if they are happy with their conditions. They also live twice as long as in the wild. So, everybody’s happy. Yay . 🙂
There are more falcons including an amazing peregrine here.
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The Grey Heron is resident in the UK and can be found near rivers and lakes. Although it is a water bird it does not have webbed feet and does not swim. They catch their prey of fish, small birds, frogs and molluscs by standing at the water edge. They will also feed upon rodents in fields. There is a broad variety of Heron species, some of which are called Egrets or Bitterns and some species have been known to use bait.
Another shot of a Heron at (click on) Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park
At the Queens Gate
On the other side of the Serpentine Lake is Hyde Park. We’ll have a wander over.
Here I am on my holidays, That’s me with the wings. What a hoot, honk.
And, In the Autumn
Back at Kensington Gardens in the Autumn
A beautifully atmospheric autumn evening, at 11 am. I do love the British weather.