Birds of Prey Experience – Get Up Close & Personal with a Falcon, Owl & a Hawk

Why not venture outside this Easter and see a range of beautiful birds of prey?
By: Joanne Walters
Experience The Ultimate Birds Of Prey
Experience The Ultimate Birds Of Prey
April 15, 2011 - PRLog -- If you are a nature lover, as opposed to watching your favourite animals on television, a unique opportunity has arisen enabling you to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most beautiful birds of prey.

The term ‘bird of prey’ has a pretty wide meaning that includes virtually all birds that hunt and feed of other animals, but not excluding those which eat tiny insects. These flighty, cunning creatures are infamously difficult to spot in the wild which of course makes this experience even more rewarding.

The first bird you will encounter is the Hawk. These magnificent birds are believed to have vision several times sharper than humans, partially because of the enormous number of photoreceptor cells in their retinas – humans have 200,000 of these per square mm, whereas the Hawk has a whopping 1,000,000!

These birds are advanced in other ways in addition to their advanced sight abilities. Their nostrils are located just above the bill on a fleshy patch of skin called the cere. Hawks are usually known for their especially sharp talons which they can use easily to catch prey even when in flight.

Next up are the falcons. Falcons come in many different species ranging from the Barred Forest Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon ( The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world and can be found on almost every continent excepting Antarctica, but sadly the 1950’s recorded a steep decline in peregrine falcon populations as a result of DDT pollution. Fortunately, conservation efforts mean that this particular falcon is making a slow comeback.

Most adult falcons have thin tapered wings which enable to fly at these incredible speeds and change direction rapidly. Incredibly, some falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles an hour making them the fastest animal on Earth!

Lastly, is the mythical hunter of the night, the owl ( Upon an initial glance, these birds look like typical day-flying predators, not unlike hawks or eagles, but their particularly special adaptations allow them to find their prey just as easily after night has fallen. Their strikingly huge eyes capture all of the available light, even if it is merely the light from the moon. Their impeccably sensitive ears enable them to hear tiny scampering prey and their amazing ability to turn their heads three-fourths of the way round means that they are very likely to spot them!

This special Easter ( day out will introduce to these three incredible birds ( You will receive top tuition in the art of falconry and be given time to physically handle the birds so they can quickly get to know and trust you. The true reward will be flying out these birds to and from your arm, observing their impressive skills. Although, be warned, the sight of a large falcon zipping towards you can be a little daunting!

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