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In August we went, with some friends from my Camera Club, to the Steve Wright Falconry near Market Bosworth on an Open Day and I took several shots of the birds but this one, and tomorrows, are the two I liked the best. Here Steve is giving a lengthy flying demonstration with a Harris Hawk. Found from the southwestern United States down to Chile and Central Argentina, Harris Hawks are medium to large birds of prey with dark brown and chestnut plumage and a white-tipped tail. They occupy sparsely covered habitats including semi-desert, woodlands, marshlands and mangroves. Some individuals are sighted in Britain; however these are likely to be escapees from falconry, a purpose for which they are one of the most popular hawks.

The Birdman 1/2

In August we went, with some friends from my Camera Club, to the Steve Wright Falconry near Market Bosworth on an Open Day and I took several shots of the birds but this one, and tomorrows, are the two I liked the best. Here Steve is giving a lengthy flying demonstration with a Harris Hawk. Found from the southwestern United States down to Chile and Central Argentina, Harris Hawks are medium to large birds of prey with dark brown and chestnut plumage and a white-tipped tail. They occupy sparsely covered habitats including semi-desert, woodlands, marshlands and mangroves. Some individuals are sighted in Britain; however these are likely to be escapees from falconry, a purpose for which they are one of the most popular hawks.

comments (17)

What is it they say about birds of prey and their owners?
Brian Walbey: Well they've both got pointed beaks Dave smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Oct 2012, 01:31
Nice portrait of the raptor and his human, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray.
Great photo Brian! Harris Hawks are one of my favorites! When we lived in the desert we would see them all the time. I love that they hunt in family groups - a rarity for a raptor. This one looks a little small.
Brian Walbey: I can't say anything about its size, I'd not seen one before, but it certainly put on a very good flying display for us.
I like your photo.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Jacquelyn.
the boss and his human friend
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chantal.
''I won't peck your eyes out if you throw me bits of rabbit.''
Brian Walbey: I think this fellow would be quite capable of catching his own Rabbit if necessary Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Oct 2012, 08:33
Two real caracters - meeting each other on eyes's height - a fine photo! I saw such bird (falconry) show in Muncaster Castle/Lake District (and in our country with my pupils, too).
Brian Walbey: This bird put on a very good show for us during the afternoon Philine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Oct 2012, 08:57
This is a fine composition Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
Great portrait of man and bird Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Janet.
Very nice Brian & beautiful bird. Harris hawk is very much preferred by falconers, here in Spain as well, out of their efficiency & adaptation to human control (loyalty). Also, compared with other hawks, I understand they are cheaper.
Brian Walbey: This man and his partner in the Falconry have quite a few birds but this seems to be the one used for demonstration flights.
Falconry is such a fascinating hobby. I like seeing the birds up close like this.
Brian Walbey: He had some dozen or so birds on show but only flew this one.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Oct 2012, 11:34
Wonderful capture Brian. Last year I had a Harris turn up in my garden, tired hungry, wet and bedraggled. He hopped on my arm and came in and sat on the back of a chair by the aga to dry. I fed him chicken breast and he stayed the night until I found someone to take him from the local falconry club. Amazing birds.
Brian Walbey: That must have been quite an experience Sally, I trust you took a few photos to remember the occasion.
Nice intimate portrayal of this fine bird Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred.
Great portrait of both of them Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Oct 2012, 18:50
What a lovely study of man his bird; he seems to have a very good connection with his charge.
Brian Walbey: He does indeed as Sunday's picture will show.
What a lovely image Brain.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin.
Very well caught, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme.

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