We had a very good turn out for the return visit of a popular presenter, Howard Toll, whose topic for our meeting on Wednesday 7th March was “ Owls and other Birds of Prey”.
Howard , has up to recently, nurtured and kept a Tawny Owl from being a few months old up to the age of 23. During this time “Oz” had been the subject of numerous Educational projects , photo shoots and talks and had obviously become a much loved pet. With the skilful use of projected images, photos and personal anecdotes, we were fascinated how various members of the owl family differed widely in their structure, characteristics and behaviour. The history and general aspects of Falconry was covered explaining how some birds of prey are more suited to being trained than others, also the different ways in which they catch their prey. The problems of keeping, rearing and releasing birds back into their natural surroundings was discussed .
There was no shortage of questions from the floor and all were dealt with he expertise of someone who thoroughly knows his subject.
Our next talk, again with slides, on March 21st, will be given by Martin Walker on “ Building a Garden for Chelsea”.