I booked a half day falconry experience for my husband after being impressed by Coda Falconry at a day out at Castle Hedingham. I also paid a small fee to be a guest for the afternoon.
From the moment we arrived at Lee valley farm to the moment we left we were very very impressed at the service we got.
Our flying time was 12 noon and we arrived a little earlier. This enabled us to wonder round the farm for a bit and also watch the falconry display. Little did we realise, having front row seats, that half an hour later we would be standing right next to these magnificent birds.
The experience lasted a good 3 and a half hours. my husband handled 6 birds. a real mixture from owls, harris hawks, a kestrel and even a golden eagle!
I was even allowed to hold Otis the teeny owl and give him a little head tickle and also hold Nelson the golden eagle.
The experience also included a walk in the woods flying one of the harris hawks. That was something else...amazing.
Our falconers for the day were Sarah and Paul. They helped make the experience for both of us. They were so easy to talk to and knew their stuff.
We both went away with lots of pictures and some good memories. Im now thinking about the owl experience for myself for next year!
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