Walking with hawks

by Helen Hooker May. 03, 2015 4443 views

The main photographic feature of today was a hawk walk through the grounds of our hotel this afternoon. We met up on the lawn in glorious sunshine and were introduced to Jacob and his birds from Falcons at Laxton [falconsatlaxton.co.uk]. He'd brought along three Eurasian Eagle Owls, two Barn Owls, a Harris Hawk and a Kestrel and we were invited to hold any of the birds during our walk through the woods. I was paired up with Clive, the rather handsome Harris Hawk and he sat on my hand (thankfully protected from his talons by a hefty leather glove) as good as gold, even when the sunshine gave way to a torrential downpour, complete with thunder and lightning! After we'd all taken as many portraits of the birds as we wanted we gradually headed back to the lawn where Jacob flew Clive and one of the Barn Owls for us. With the cluttered backdrop of the hotel and various trees we all struggled to focus on the birds in flight quickly enough but I was lucky enough to catch just one shot of Clive in action which was the icing on the cake for me.

Introducing Clive, the Harris Hawk, who sat on my hand as we walked through the woods

Clive in action - by the time he flew for us sunshine and blue skies had replaced the rain, thunder and lightning.

We learnt that owls love a gentle tickle under their chin!

A rather damp kestrel - she was shaking her wings to try and dry off

Sasha, one of the eagle owls was in a rather grumpy mood so she sat on her perch under the trees while we went for our walk. The light was catching her feathers beautifully when we returned.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 4 months ago

Magnificent close-ups of these majestic creatures! Bravo!

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Angela Anderson 4 years, 4 months ago

WOW awesome captures, love them all.

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

Your pictures of today are beyond any comments. I'm mesmerized by the quality of these images.

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Pete 4 years, 4 months ago

this is awesome

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Jarvo J 4 years, 4 months ago

Gosh, what a wonderful set. Not sure why, but I can't see from 12 onwards though.

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Larry Sample 4 years, 4 months ago

Sweet! Especially last few! The closeup on the owl's face in #10!

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Abe Jackson 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow Helen.....that's amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 4 months ago

This is brilliant Helen you must have had a fabulous weekend.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Moira 4 years, 4 months ago

I was going to mention hope you had protection for your hand.
Great shots I particularly like the owl ones.

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Eiram Marie 4 years, 4 months ago

WOW! Helen, these are stunning!

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