Reach for the Skye
An excerpt from an article by Judy Vickers
. . . We don't see any eagles
either, so we decide to visit Isle of Skye Falconry to get close to
birds of prey.
With owners Euan Naylor and Jenny
Sandiford we take Struan, a ten-month-old harris hawk, for a walk in the
magnificent grounds of Skeabost Country House Hotel.
It is like a dog walk, only Struan
doesn't need a collar, he flies from tree to tree, following us and
landing as lightly as if he were one of his own feathers on our gloved
Euan, a second generation falconer,
has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject - did you know that
falconry started in China around 2000BC? - and the couple's enthusiasm
and the thrill of coming eye to eye with a bird of prey makes this a
"How long do these hawk walks
usually last?" I ask Jenny. Well, it's supposed to be two hours, but you
know, we get talking.
Of course, that'll be timekeeping
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