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Ephotozine South East Members Meeting At Eagle Heights - Eagle Heights, Eynsford, Kent was the location for the latest South East members meeting.
The Motley Crew, that have already been thrown out of such places as Wildwood and Mole Hall (only because of closing time!), gathered once again, this time at Eagle Heights in Eynsford Kent. As the Car Park started to fill at 10am, it was evident that the ranks were swelling and the number of people through the door this time swelled to 18, 15 of which were fully fledged members of ePHOTOzine!
Those who attended were: Mike (Greyheron53), Terry (boyd-longley), Sharon (aunt Sally), Shirley (Shirley), Fran (daffydill56), Emily (Groovyfrem), Ryan (Mephistopheles), Dave (Onewildworld), Alison (Ali.P), Ron (RonR, Matt (MattW), Ian (Characterboats), Siobhan (fizz), Katie (Kyd), Tony (marsa) plus Stewart (with Kyd), Katie (with Mattw) and Luke (with Ryan).
From left to right Characterboats, Mattw, Shirley, Katie, Aunt Sally, Fizz, Boyd-Longley, Ali P hiding, Greyheron53, RonR, Marsa (sitting) Onewildworld, Daffydill56, Groovyfrem, Mephistopheles, Luke (hiding) Kyd and Stewart.
Once the boot fair in the car park had finished, with the trading of ID books and rhubarb among other things, the queue subsided through the entrance hall and the cafeteria descended on. We only managed to occupy about half the tables, so there was plenty of room for the rest of the days visitors! After testing the coffee, most proceeded to the indoor displays for a while before the first flying display at 12 noon.
|Ready for Action, the crew take their places||The 3 Canons line up for action.|
Gathering at the tables and benches out in the flying display arena and awaiting the start of the proceedings, we first noticed what became an honorary ePHOTOzine member for the day, a wild kestrel!
The centre had rescued this chap and his siblings some years previously from an S.E.London building site, the parents had abandoned the nest after being frightened off by human activities. All the kestrels were successfully release back in to the wild this chap frequently returned during the breeding season in order to disrupt the flying displays until it got fed. Its antics were one of the highlights of the day!
|Honorary ePz member for the day.||Ron in action.|
In all, there were three displays of three or four birds per display, plus the dozen or so appearances of Kes! The list of birds flown are as follows: - African fish eagle, Lanner falcon, Caracara, Griffon vulture, Cape eagle owl, European eagle owl, Barn owl, Bald eagle, Saker falcon and another Vulture. The speed of the falcons, the antics of the buzzards and the grace and power of the eagles and hawks made for some wonderful photographic opportunities. All the flying displays were accompanied by an interesting and funny commentary by the ginger haired Martin. Who had missed his vocation as a comedian!!
|Martin (Ginger) doing his stuff.||Mike and Terry enjoying Martins humour.|
|Not sure whether the wire is to keep Dave in or out.||Tony and Alison talking tactics.|
One from the reptile house.
The indoor exhibitions of the same birds on their perches, obviously quite used to the constant flow of gawking humans was a gem in its own right, and the whole thing was rounded off with a well set out reptile house for good measure. The staff were very helpful, friendly, and at times hilariously funny, and they only had to tell us three times that they were closing NOW!
All proclaimed they had had a great day and were looking forward to the next meeting of the Motley Crew!