These pictures were taken, a couple of weeks ago, during my stay at the Old Park Hotel on the Isle of Wight. The hotel had laid on a 'birds of prey' demonstration, in the hotels' extensive grounds, by two of the local falconers. We were allowed to closely approach the less ferocious birds, and I had the experience, just after I had taken these pictures, of carrying this Barn Owl on my, gloved, forearm.
We were not allowed to touch the more ferocious birds, as it was explained by the senior falconer that, previously, his assistant had a large piece of flesh torn from the side of his nose, when he had accidentally put his face too close to one of the birds, a Turkey Vulture, which had displayed during this display, not, I hasten to add, it's nose nipping habit.
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