On Sunday we had the most amazingly memorable, uplifting, visit when we went into Cheshire to experience birds of prey.
A perfect cold, Autumnal, rainy day! I'm still on high!
Find out all about it at The Stockley Farm Birds of Prey Centre, where the birds are usually flown, but through the Winter months the centre is closed, so they are now holding events at Bridgemere.
This first photograph is a fabulous fluke taken by DH as he held out his gauntlet to receive the bird and, with camera in his other hand, he swung his arm across and chanced a click.
I think it looks just like a painting.
Gary and Pam were so informative and fun and so obviously loved their birds and cared for them so well. They told us so much about the birds habits and characters and we were able to hold and observe them close to. It was really amazing, and such a privilege, to be eye to eye with such beautiful creatures.
A dream come true for me but one I know I will experience again and again!
You can spot Gary across the lake after he sent the barn owl across to us.
I had expected the visit to be mainly observing the birds but it was really interactive.
These falcons are so streamlined and powerful and are faster than any creature on land, in fact 4 times faster than a cheetah!
DH with a Harris Hawk
I fell in love with this young American hawk who looked just like a giant chick and was such a funny character.
He kept landing on our heads... cute!
This young boy was passing by with his family and Pam gave him a treat.... a chance for the Harris Hawk to fly to his name sake Harris.
DH with the little barn owl
This big fella weighed about 5lbs and was quite a job to hold up. I'm laughing as I had to watch him having his reward..... a day old chick which he gawked down and swallowed whole! Arrrrghh!
It was fascinating to watch his head swivel around giving him 360 degree vision.
The falconer, Gary
Another arty accident action shot.
With wings wet with rain, a little rest for this fellow before finishing flying the rest of the way.
It was such a drippy, rainy day but the fine rain on the cobwebs was Nature's art.
Afterwards we visited the Bridgemere Garden Centre, which is a HUGE place and was all geared up for Christmas.
We had a mooch around their seasonal exhibits and enjoyed tea and cake in one of the several cafes before heading home after a great day out.