The Display Team
Saki, our female Brown Asian Wood Owl, was hatched in captivity in 2005 and has been an integral member of our team since she was just 2 weeks old. She was brought up with the family and has always been a real character. Saki is always very responsive in the arena and at our “Experience Days”.
Cardhu is a female Eastern Chanting Goshawk who was hatched in Holland in 2005 and is one of just a small number in Europe. She always creates a lot of interest in the arena; not only with her acrobatic displays but with the unusual amount of confidence that she demonstrates whilst on the ground. She regularly makes herself heard above the crowd with her piercing chanting call.
Jura our Crowned Hawk Eagle is the most powerful of all African raptors. She has huge, sharp talons at the tip of her muscular feet and feathered legs. Although she is not a member of our flying display team she is always a major attraction as she perches majestically on her block in the weathering.
Our female Goshawk (as in ‘Speckled Hen’) is now 18 years old. She was owned by a friend of ours who kindly gifted her to us. After and spending much of her earlier life in a breeding programme she is now enjoying a well earned retirement. Hen is a hand reared bird (imprint) and unlike the Goshawks that you see in the wild UK she is very calm and relaxed when appearing with us in the ‘weathering’ at shows and displays.
Our male European Buzzard joined the team 2014. He is similar to the Buzzards that you regularly see flying high in the skies of the UK and is always an attraction; being able to see him at such close quarters.
Goyne, a male Lanner Falcon, who was hatched in 2012 in Northampton, but originates from Southern Europe/North Africa. Goyne is quickly developing into a ‘Show-stopper’ with his exhilarating displays and in large arenas he is able to fly ‘in a cast’ (two birds together) which gives an even more breath-taking display.
Is the latest Owl to join the team. She is a “Great Gray”, hatched in June 2014 and joined the flying display team the next year. The Great Gray is documented as the world’s largest species of owl by it’s length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. When hunting for food these owls are able to find rodents up to 60 cm. under the snow due to their fantastic hearing.
Our male European Kestrel is becoming a big attraction at both outdoor and indoor events, as well “hands-on” Experiences; especially on school visits as he has been trained to fly to the fist of adults and children alike. Kestrels, sometimes known as a Windhover, can often be seen be seen hovering over road-side grass verges, looking for prey or urine trails left by voles and mice. This is due to there ability to see UV light sources in the trails. They are one of only 2 creatures in the world with this facility.
Is one of the later “Harris Hawks” to join the team. Another one of our own youngster who we bred late in 2014. He is a very responsive bird; enthusiastically flying to the glove of visitors at our experience sessions, whilst also being a very aerobatic performer.
A Dark Breasted Barn Owl who was as bred at Baytree Owl Centre at Spalding in June 2015. He is enthusiastically flying to people who come on our “Experiences” at Ware in Hertfordshire and has adapted very well to flying throughout the winter months.
A Tawny Owl who is one of the newer members of our team, was again bred at Baytree Owl Centre at Spalding in May 2016. She has already become a great favourite with visitors to our Experience Days due to her friendly and responsive nature. The Tawny Owl is the most common of all our British Birds of Prey. It can be recognised by it’s familiar ‘twit twoo’ call.
Blue is a Chilean Blue Buzzard Eagle (sometimes known as a Black Chested Buzzard Eagle) who joined us at 5 years of age during the summer of 2016. Although he had been handled and flown previously he had never flown in a show or an arena. He has undergone a rigorous training programme and is becoming one of the stars of our displays.