Loki the Raven Falcon
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.
Loki likes strutting his stuff,
.. and hopping. He does a lot of hopping,
.. and casing the joint for opportunities.
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.
“I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright! And I pity, any girl who isn’t me tonight” .
“Alright, who said Kentucky Fried Owl”.
“Really, do I look pretty”. “I do like a little owl though”.
“But not dogs. We screech at dogs”.
“Except really little ones, yum“.
Harris Hawks (really buzzards) hunt in groups and share their food. As a result they work well with falconers, who they regard as part of their hunting group.
“To be a good falcon, one has to be determined”.
“Fearlessly overtake vehicles”.
“Look like one means business”.
“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. 🙂
“Lets get to the main event, and take a gander at those legs”.
“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”.
Once a Peregrine has caught the lure they are allowed to finish the morsel. Otherwise they feel cheated and will not chase the lure again.
“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.