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Malta Falconry Centre

By teocali
Whilst on holiday in Malta last week we visited the Malta Falconry Centre at Siggiewi ( 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

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franfoto 10 2 32 England
8 Oct 2009 10:24PM
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.

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Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
8 Oct 2009 10:39PM
Two excellent images and a great write up.
maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
8 Oct 2009 10:51PM
Two very god images . particularly V2
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2009 10:52PM
Two excellent shots, Sylvia. Your narrative makes interesting reading.
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
8 Oct 2009 11:17PM
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
9 10 10 England
8 Oct 2009 11:38PM
Two good images - V2 favourite - interesting write up.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
9 Oct 2009 5:02AM
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
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
9 Oct 2009 5:06AM
two superb shots with interesting write up
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Oct 2009 6:05AM
Two super captures, Sylvia, love the write-up. Featured E2 photo right now (6.05am). Carol
Ray42 10 3 England
9 Oct 2009 7:35AM
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
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Oct 2009 8:35AM
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.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
9 Oct 2009 8:51AM
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
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
9 Oct 2009 9:53AM
superb shots with wonderful detail I love Malta so will have to visit here next time I go
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2009 11:18AM
Two super shots, v2 for me.
redshank 9 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2009 1:17PM
Two lovely images Sylvia,,wonderful write up.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2009 7:11PM
Interesting write up Sylvia. V2 is my favourite here. The detail is superb.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
10 Oct 2009 12:28AM
Two great shots V2 is very impressive, great write up too. - gary
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 12:38AM
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 )
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
17 Oct 2009 2:32PM
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,

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