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 event. Bessie was one of a team of six birds of prey. The birds were accommodating and very tolerant to the attention they received from the event visitors. The weather was glorious and at times the birds were grateful of a refreshing shower from a hand spray. The team was made up of; Bessie the Barn Owl, Hedwig the Snowy Owl, Amber and Tyke the Harris Hawks and Anna the Redtail Hawk. The birds were handled and displayed by Phil Niall (head falconer) and the team of volunteers. Alex, Alison, Bill, Emily, Cath, Marcener, Steve, and Stuart.
Photography by Steve Metcalf