I couldn't resist sharing these photographs from my holiday down at Barnard Castle. We visited Thorpe Park Farm which is just a short distance from the town and where there is a Bird of Prey Centre which had some absolutely magnificent birds of prey on show. In particular they had some beautiful owls, I have always liked owls. It was amazing to see the display they did with some Harris Hawks and a Gyr Falcon cross bred in which they demonstrated some of the techniques used to train a bird of prey.
After the display you could meet the bird of your choice and have your photo taken holding the bird. Well I had been smitten by the beautiful Darcy who is a Great Gray Owl so here she is (the photo on the left of the top 2 images). Gizmo is a Wood Owl and was hubby's choice of feathery freind. Isn't mother nature just amazing in the way she shapes the plummage on these bird faces into a saucer shape to help direct sound so they can locate their prey more efficiently.