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Dock

Falconry Centre, Kirkby Wiske near Thirsk

Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the ver, no just kidding, but I did buy Mrs. D a voucher for an 'Owl Morning' at this Falconry Centre. So off we went this weekend. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our Falconer guide (the bottomless well of Birds of Prey knowledge, Chris), and off we went with eight others whod paid for the same package. We were first shown some of the different owls in their aviaries, and then it was out into the main display area to get a gauntlet on and to get up close to them (some of them liked being stroked, others do not and will gladly leave you fingerless). Amongst my favorites were Zimba, a McKinders Eagle Owl, native to Africa (Im a right expert now like) Mr. Baggott, a huge European Eagle Owl, and the poster boy of them all: Misty, a Great Grey Owl. A breed that is usually found in Siberia and despite its weight being a mere 1lb (owls are basically all feathers) it can survive in temperatures of 40 below, and can break through two inches of ice to get at a soon-to-be-very-dead lemming.

The morning ended with a display of some of the other birds they have there, including a very impressive White-tailed Sea Eagle (whose size has to be seen up close to be believed, and to see it up there gliding was one of the best things Ive ever witnessed), and a white-headed vulture called Ethel. After everything had finished, you were free to walk around and get a look at the other birds they have including an American Bald Eagle, and some fantastic Red-tailed Harris Hawks.

The aim of the centre is not to have the birds performing for the public like some kind of circus, its chief purpose is public education and awareness, and also the preservation of the various Birds of Prey species (its hard to believe but some bastards shoot owls for fun). To conclude it was 45 each, the tour and handling started at 10.30am and we got finished at 2.00pm. A fantastic day had, and one Ill never forget. To get up close to birds of prey that have evolved over 30 million years (as stated before, I'm a right expert now like) into the ultimate hunting machines was a very special experience. Ace!

http://www.falconrycentre.co.uk/

http://www.falconrycentre.co.uk/meetthebirds.php
Pond Life

Sorry mate, I cant help think of this.

Foo Whiter

45  tryyryo.gif  I'm out!

Sounds good though  
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

CASPER!!!!!
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!


sheeps

Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




  Dock in shorts.
Seal

Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Don't get it  
Forest

Seal wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Don't get it


Dock

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Dock in shorts.


Get fucked!
sheeps

Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Dock in shorts.


Get fucked!


Well said Casper, he's a rate fuckpig is that Craggwood.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Dock in shorts.


Get fucked!


Well said Casper, he's a rate fuckpig is that Craggwood.


Not him, you you horrible goblin. Go and play down your own end.  
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
CASPER!!!!!




Dock in shorts.


Get fucked!


Well said Casper, he's a rate fuckpig is that Craggwood.


Not him, you you horrible goblin. Go and play down your own end.


Well done Casper! Big round of applause!
Grind

I saw a baby bald eagle in Maine whilst out sea canoeing.

* I suggested he try rowgaine. *

** He wasn't impressed. **
Dock

Grind wrote:
I saw a baby bald eagle in Maine whilst out sea canoeing.

* I suggested he try rowgaine. *

** He wasn't impressed. **


Good one G.

Did you know that when the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne? I know that cos the bloke at the Falconry centre told me. As already stated in my initial thread, I'm an expert now. Ask me owt about birds of prey and I'll furnish you with an answer. it's the least an expert can do. I'm all about sharing my wealth of knowledge in this field.
bearing

I'm the dull one around here Dock, now piss off.
Dock

bearing wrote:
I'm the dull one around here Dock, now piss off.


Charming!

*pisses off*
bearing

When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?
Forest

bearing wrote:
When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?


So is it 12 feet deep or 13 feet deep?
Dock

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?


So is it 12 feet deep or 13 feet deep?


I fucked that one up didnt I. 12' deep, and thats my expert opinion.

P.S. Get fucked!
bearing

Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?


So is it 12 feet deep or 13 feet deep?


Fucked if I know, I got it off Dockapedia
bearing

To be honest, irrespective of whether it's 12' or 13' them chicks are going to need crampons to get out.
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?


So is it 12 feet deep or 13 feet deep?


I fucked that one up didnt I. 12' deep, and thats my expert opinion.

P.S. Get fucked!


Is that for me or Bearing
Dock

bearing wrote:
To be honest, whether it's 12' or 13' them chicks are going to need crampons to get out.


Fact! Us experts have to stick together B. Bill Oddie? Bill Schmoddie more like. We are the boys when it comes to birds of prey.
bearing

Forest wrote:
Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
bearing wrote:
When the Bald Eagle makes a nest, on average the nest is 12' deep, 6' across, 13' deep, and weighs approx one tonne?


So is it 12 feet deep or 13 feet deep?


I fucked that one up didnt I. 12' deep, and thats my expert opinion.

P.S. Get fucked!


Is that for me or Bearing


Me...

*grabs it and runs*
bearing

This site, reckons you're talkin' shite Dock.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

It wants a word with you outside, reckons you're falsely claiming to be an expert.
Dock

bearing wrote:
This site, reckons you're talkin' shite Dock.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

It wants a word with you outside, reckons you're falsely claiming to be an expert.


But that site did't consult me for info on Bald Eagles, so, er, they are wrong cos' I know everything about Bald Eagles. I see no further need for proof of my credentials.
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
This site, reckons you're talkin' shite Dock.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

It wants a word with you outside, reckons you're falsely claiming to be an expert.


But that site did't consult me for info on Bald Eagles, so, er, they are wrong cos' I know everything about Bald Eagles. I see no further need for proof of my credentials.


You can't even spell didn't
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
This site, reckons you're talkin' shite Dock.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

It wants a word with you outside, reckons you're falsely claiming to be an expert.


But that site did't consult me for info on Bald Eagles, so, er, they are wrong cos' I know everything about Bald Eagles. I see no further need for proof of my credentials.


You can't even spell didn't


Get fucht!
Fin

My gran used to keep owls,i visited her house many times but never saw any.She would even buy some if she was on holiday and bring them back with her,she would say "i had a lovely time in Blackpool and i've bought another couple of Teat Owls"

I wonder where she kept them
Pond Life

Fin wrote:
"i had a lovely time in Blackpool


Such an odd concept to me, if she had told me that I'm sure i would have trusted her word on owls.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

i was driving back from Harrogate t'other day and was passing through a village called Huby when a bird of prey caught my eye. I stopped the car and got out to watch this brown bird with bits of yellow plumage on the neck and wingtips (i think) swooping up and down the field. Its wingspan was 6 or 7 feet (i was quite close at the fence) and I thought of our Dock-Casper then.

The question is what bird was this likely to be? Falcon?
Plastic Man

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
i was driving back from Harrogate t'other day and was passing through a village called Huby when a bird of prey caught my eye. I stopped the car and got out to watch this brown bird with bits of yellow plumage on the neck and wingtips (i think) swooping up and down the field. Its wingspan was 6 or 7 feet (i was quite close at the fence) and I thought of our Dock-Casper then.

The question is what bird was this likely to be? Falcon?


Almost certainly a red kite. I'm pleased to say that they're now pretty common hereabouts. They were re-introduced at Harewood a few years back and it's been a great success.

One morning I spotted at least seven of them of various sizes circling over a field at the side of the back road between Leathley and Beckwithshaw (near to Huby) - a truly magnificent sight.

The forked tail is a good marker to distinguish a red kite...



from a buzzard...
Grind

Those fecking buzzards have never sponsored us.  

Prolly wet their nests an' all.

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