A Raptor-ous Reception

Thanks to the DU ZooSoc, TCD staff and students were treated to an exhibition from Dublin Falconry last week. Set against the busy backdrop of joggers and Pav-frequenters, six beautiful birds of prey were the stars of their own lunch time show. Here’s a few pictures from the event, just a flavour of the stunning animals which we were privileged to see, touch (and hear!) up close. And for the full effect, have a look at Keith McMahon’s beautiful video.

Whooo's a pretty boy then? Barn Owl
Whooo’s a pretty boy then?
Barn Owl
Beautiful Scandinavian barn owl
Beautiful Scandinavian barn owl

 

Mmm, tasty finger Scandinavian morph of a barn owl
Mmm, tasty finger
Protective sleeve put to good work
Protective sleeve put to good work
Ready to take off... Peregrine falcon
Ready to take off…
Peregrine falcon
"I feel like chicken tonight..."  Peregrine falcon
“I feel like chicken tonight…”

 

Juvenile Common buzzard -  "If he looks like he's coming towards you then duck!"
Juvenile Common buzzard – “If he looks like he’s coming towards you then duck!”

 

What paint brushes? Bengal eagle owl
What paint brushes?
Bengal eagle owl

Author: Sive Finlay, sfinlay[at]tcd.ie, @SiveFinlay

Photo credits: Thomas Guillerme, guillert[at]tcd.ie, @TGuillerme

 

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