Monday, 22 August 2016

Exploring Northumberland // Kielder Birds of Prey Centre


[This is post 3 of 5 from our Kielder walk. Please have a peek at part 1 to find out what we were doing along with some photos & check out part 2 here for more photos of the rest of day 1.]

During our charity walk around Kielder water, we took our dinner break on the first day and visited the wonderful birds and staff and Kielder Birds of Prey. I can't believe it's been since September 2012 since we were last there and that was the trip that fully spurred on my passion for birding photography as well as adoring birds of prey.
(Check out the post with photos and video from our 2012 visit here)
We had a great time seeing all the beautiful species, as well as a few babies and of course, got the chance to fly them again. However, I had no one to photograph/video me this time so that's a bit of a shame. I did try and take a few photos though, while making the most of our time there, so that is what you will see below.
Again, as with the other two posts in this mini-series, I will make it a photo-dominant post and say goodbye now. Let me know in the comments which bird you like the best and if you have ever had an experience with birds of prey!



* For some of the birds it was the time of year the moult hence the ones who look a little raggedy haha


12 comments:

  1. These are beautiful Danielle! I love the shot of the barn owl and the pelican is adorable! So glad you had a good time and enjoyed yourself here. I must go to Kielder and check this place out someday soon, it looks amazing! - Tasha

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    1. I think you'd love it Tasha. Ray, the owner, adores his birds SO much and you can tell. All the staff are super knowledgeable and all the birds get flown often which is great.

      xo

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  2. I had no idea this existed! Simon's obsessed with birds of prey, he was completely amazed when we watched a flying display when we were on holiday. I might take him here one day as a little surprise trip!

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    1. Didn't you?! You can't miss it if you are ever at Leaplish. Make sure you do, it's one of the nicest I've been to in terms of how well the birds are treated, how often they are flown and how knowledgeable the staff are. The owner, Ray, is brilliant!

      xo

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  3. I love looking at birds of prey, but I can't help but feel a little bad for them because they aren't free to just be wild birds. They do come in such gorgeous colours though.

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    1. It is a little sad. Especially for some of the gigantic ones. Like the Sea Eagles in the 5th, 10th & 11th photos, they're like the size of a 3/4 year old kid but they do have a good size space and are taken out and flown often by the owner.

      xo

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  4. Lucky you!!
    I've always had a fascination with owls; they're so beautiful. :D

    VEGETARIAN COURTESYFACEBOOK

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I love owls too! All birds really haha.

      xo

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  5. They look so beautiful, gorgeous pictures. I love birds or prey, they are so cute. x

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  6. Birds of prey are so beautiful, I especially love owls. Your photos are lovely, there's a place like this locally I've wanted to visit for a while ... Your post has inspired me to actually go one weekend!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. Aren't they fab?! Oh yes, you must!! Make sure to take lots of photos and share on your blog ;)

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