At The Hawking Centre, we have many different types of Birds of Prey including Owls, Hawks, Vultures and Falcons.
Keep reading to find out more about each of our stunning birds, their character and what makes them unique!
Halo is one of our resident Barn Owls and he has something special about him… He is an all-white barn owl! In the wild, being all white doesn’t do a Barn Owl any favours and means they tend to be preyed on more than other barn owls.
Luckily, Halo isn’t in the wild and is safe at home with us at Eastwell Manor!
Another fan favourite! Darwin is a naturally coloured Barn Owl and an amazing flyer too. But at the end of the day, once he’s been fed his dinner, it’s good night from him and he hates to be disturbed…
Barry is a gorgeous array of colours and one of his most stunning characteristics is his bright orange eyes. As his name suggests, you are likely to find a Bengal Eagle Owl in India preying on snakes and lizards with their surprisingly long legs!
What a character. Now over 22 years old she’s more than adjusted to the workings of falconry. Weighing in at around 3lbs 7.5oz she is actually one of the smaller vultures species found around the world.
And a great trait about African Hooded Vultures is that their face changes colour depending on their mood!
Moet the Chilean Blue Eagle
Chilean Blue Eagles are very pretty Birds of Prey and are also known as a Black-Chested Buzzard Eagle. With a wingspan ranging from 4ft11inches to 6ft7inches, these Birds of Prey can be rather large, however, they are also sometimes likened more to a Buzzard than an Eagle.
Arthur the European Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owls are the largest species of Owl in the world. Their markings and colourings are very similar to that of a Bengal Eagle Owl and they areoften mistaken for each other despite the European Eagle Owl sometimes being up to 4lbs heavier than a Bengal Eagle Owl!
Coming in at over 7lbs in weight, Xavier is a sight to behold. But don’t be scared, he’s like a kitten. We’re blessed to have such a friendly Eagle in our midst!
Did you know Bald Eagles don’t look like bald Eagles until they’re around 4 to 5 years old? They have dark brown and even black feathers covering their entire body before they moult and their white feathers and yellow beak come through!
Jaeger is a wonderful Harris Hawk and an absolute dream to fly. Harris Hawks are commonly used in falconry due to their intelligent nature and their willingness to work with others.
Harris Hawks are also one of the only Birds of Prey known to actively hunt in packs and use their numbers to flush their quarry out from hiding.
Nanook the Gyr Saker Falcon
Gyr Falcons are the largest species of falcon in the world and Nanook stands out for his almost totally white colouring. One heck of a flyer, Nanook has perfected his stoop and puts our falconers to the test!
Bailey the Mackinders Eagle Owl
Mackinders Eagle Owls are also known as Cape Eagle Owls and they’re not very easy to find in falconry. Bailey’s bubbly nature means he’s a hit with our clients and he’s always ready to meet someone new!
Similar to the Bengal and European Eagle Owl he stands out with his wonderful orange eyes, however, their feathers are darker in colour to blend in with their preferred habitat of mountainous and hilly surroundings.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these small introductions to our feathered team and look forward to seeing you in the future!