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Whilst on holiday in Malta last week we visited the Malta Falconry Centre at Siggiewi (www.maltafalconrycentre.com) and my next few uploads will be photos taken from there. The Centre was started 2 years ago and is privately owned by the Scicluna family. Doreen and her daughter Therese carry out the day to day running, helped by son Rene’ (when not at school) and at weekends by husband Rennie, who is in the construction business. The Centre has no financial government help and the project is therefore quite a thing for a private family to take on. Doreen is very aware of the problems of bird-hunting and killing in Malta, which still persists, in spite of the EU regulations. She arranges visiting parties of schoolchildren, believing rightly that the way forward is to educate the children into understanding the importance of allowing birds on a very popular migratory route a safe passage to their destinations. She herself has had birds from the Centre shot down when they have flown beyond the Centre air space!
On the day we visited, the falconer was ill, so Doreen was flying the birds for the very first time. V1 is Doreen with one of her Harris Hawks and V2 pictures a pair of juvenile homebred Harris Hawks. Doreen imported a breeding pair from Eagle Heights in Kent and they are breeding freely.
Best viewed large if you have a moment.

Many thanks for your C&Cs and ID on my Dragonfly upload (Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea) – as always very much appreciated Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F4/L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Malta Falconry Centre
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:8 Oct 2009 - 10:05 PM
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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:24 PM

Enjoyed viewing these two shots and reading your writeup. It's sad that so much shooting and netting goes on in Malta, lets hope this family can at least help get through to the new generations to respect wildlife the way most of us do..... Cyprus is much the same, we couldn't believe the amount of gun shots we heard while out and about in the short time we were there in February.
Regards
Fran

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:39 PM

Two excellent images and a great write up.
Bob

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:51 PM

Two very god images . particularly V2
Mary

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:52 PM

Two excellent shots, Sylvia. Your narrative makes interesting reading.
Terry

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:17 PM

Two grand images V2 is stunning in its clarity, the blurb makes for interesting reading and is an education in and of itself thanks for sharing Colin

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:38 PM

Two good images - V2 favourite - interesting write up.
Joan.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 5:02 AM

Intesting write up. Hard to understand how this could be happening. But it is. Two great shots of these lovely birds. In V2, the expression on the one bird made me think of Heckle and Jeckle. Don't know why, it just did.......Sandy

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photophantom
9 Oct 2009 - 5:06 AM

two superb shots with interesting write up
Dennis

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 6:05 AM

Two super captures, Sylvia, love the write-up. Featured E2 photo right now (6.05am). Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 7:35 AM

Two good shots and interesting write up - all the times I have been to Malta and I didnt know there was a falconry - I'll remeber to visit next time

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 8:35 AM

Thanks for the informative narrative Sylvia. I have lived on Malta for a number of years and all I ever saw was the shooting of the birds. What a refreshing change this is. A super shot of the Harris . Well done.
Ron

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 8:51 AM

Great information Malta, as we all know it is a constant battle to stop wild bird hunting in Malta, hopefully it is a battle soon to be won. These are a couple of great captures showing the good side. Lovely detail and natural candid of V1
Richard

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 8873 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 9:53 AM

superb shots with wonderful detail I love Malta so will have to visit here next time I go
Neil

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2009 - 11:18 AM

Two super shots, v2 for me.
Dave

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 1:17 PM

Two lovely images Sylvia,,wonderful write up.
Martin

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 7:11 PM

Interesting write up Sylvia. V2 is my favourite here. The detail is superb.
Helen

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 12:28 AM

Two great shots V2 is very impressive, great write up too. - gary

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2009 - 12:38 AM

I especially like the interaction between the two of them in #1. (Saw a Harris Hawk in Leeds, too, but falconry demos at the Royal Armouries make this less surprising. Wink )

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 2:32 PM

Such a pity these so called 'sports' still exist Sylvia, as has already been mentioned it still goes on in Cyprus too, every Sunday and Wednesday you can hear the guns being fired, disgusting behaviour, no need for it whatsoever,
2 cracking shots in all respects,
Geoff.

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