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So far James Reece has created 14 blog entries.

Looking to run an event?

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By |2015-06-08T07:47:57+00:00June 8th, 2015|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Looking to run an event?

Billy gets part time job

Billy is now resident most weekends at the coffee shop in the grounds of Houghall Garden Centre. He is more than happy to socialise while members of the public enjoy a coffee and the produce available from the farm and garden centre. Bookings can be mad here for farm tours and bird of [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00November 3rd, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Billy gets part time job

Bessie Comes Out

After discussion at length with many experts it is with slight embarrassment that we have to admit that Bessie is actually Billy. There has been no long term damage to the character of the barn owl as he couldn't care less what he is called. Sexing a barn owl is a very difficult [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00June 25th, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Bessie Comes Out

Barn Owl Update

Bessie the barn owl's beauty continues to flourish. Bessie is now being encouraged to fly to the fist for food. Once trained the bird will be able to provide flying displays along with the other birds in the team. Photography by Steve Metcalf

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00May 24th, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Barn Owl Update

Star Attraction at Houghall open day

Bessie, as predicted, provided hours of entertainment and attraction at the Houghall open day Sunday 20th May . The event was a huge success with the falconry displays being a large contributing factor. Bessie's development couldn't have been timed better and the barn owl's feathers developed to full beauty in time for the [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00May 22nd, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Star Attraction at Houghall open day

Bessie takes flight

Bessie took her first flight in the house on Friday 11th May and is rapidly gaining confidence. She is now flying outside, the picture above shows her flying across the farmyard at Houghall on Sunday afternoon (13 May 2007). She is very relaxed with people and will be a real crowd puller at [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00May 13th, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Bessie takes flight

Bessie Update

Bessie continues to grow and develop at the rate we are now used to. Her feathers are changing daily and as you can see she has changed a great deal within one week. Her confidence is growing as well. The picture shows her at ease standing on a field gate. She is also now [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00May 2nd, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Bessie Update

Bessie visits sponsors home town

Bessie visited the village of her sponsors Bill and Alison Lax this evening and provided them with an unexpected hour of pleasure in the early evening sunshine. She is clearly developing at a phenomenal rate as she continues to lose her down and grow adult feathers. Bessie is very relaxed and is happy [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00April 26th, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Bessie visits sponsors home town

Bessie. Big change in just three days

Changes are gathering pace. The difference in Bessie since Wednesday last week is amazing. She is now shedding her down and rapidly growing feathers and beginning to resemble a barn owl. She is also gaining strength in her talons and Phil will soon need to wear a glove to prevent potential painful encounters. Photography [...]

By |2016-10-20T13:11:44+00:00April 22nd, 2007|Durham Falconry|Comments Off on Bessie. Big change in just three days