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For anyone working with animals there will come a time when one has to deal with people who share different values than your own. This can be challenging to deal with, particularly in the internet age where facts are considered to be true by virtue...

Falconers and falconry techniques have been at the forefront of raptor conservation for centuries. Understanding the behaviour and needs of a bird of prey is only part of being a successful falconer; awareness and knowledge of the environment we share with birds of prey is also...

Many people see only one thing…a bird on the glove or perch, not flying, and Some people think it is a one-sided, selfish and even cruel thing to have a falcon or hawk. And yet without falconry, the peregrine falcon would be extinct. Their population began...

The Spotted eagle-owl (Bubo africanus) is the most common South African owl. It is found all over the country in rocky or well-wooded areas. A distinguishing feature is the long and prominent ear tufts, but these are purely for show, as they have nothing to...

A rapidly urbanizing world means that people are less likely to live near fields or woods, and an increase in scheduled activities means less time to wander through parks and open spaces. Indeed, the fact that zoos and aquariums are so popular, attracting millions of...

When our birds are released to fly, they are free to return to the wild, but most return time and time again, this can be attributed to the bird realising that the falconer provides good quality food, safe habitat and security. Many falconers report having...

The language of 16th-century falconry entered the colloquial thanks in part to one amateur falconer: William Shakespeare. The words and phrases - Booze, Fed up, hoodwinked, Under his thumb and wrapped around his little finger all come from medieval falconry 😱 Bate Birds beating their wings while...

The raptors help keep predators away from the tiny birds, new research shows. You know what they say about the location and real estate. Hummingbird nests often appear in clusters, but for years researchers couldn’t figure out what attracted the birds to certain areas. Turned out...