I love birds. I really love birds of prey. A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to spend half a day holding and flying a selection of beautiful birds of prey. It was a freezing cold day in the village of South Moreton, Oxfordshire. I had an abscess on my tooth so couldn't eat or talk properly. In spite all this I had a fantastic time and would love to get to fly some birds of prey again sometime.
This is me holding a Kestrel. We often see these birds in the wild hovering in a field.
This beauty is a Harris Hawk.
Here I'm flying Boo a European Eagle Owl. You need a support for your arm because these birds are big and quite heavy.
Twit-woo you have to love an owl like this don't you? (Let's ignore the fact I look so tired and drawn from tooth ache!)
This is me with a Harris Hawk...
...who I snapped while she was on my arm - I think I got her best side. ;-)