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Harris Hawk Experience Day with Mike Gale.

Hi All, on the 19/02/2012, I went on a Harris Hawk Experience Day, Run by my nephew Mike Gale, near UPAVON, in The Vale of Pewsey, Wilts. If you would like to go on a day out with Mike and his birds please contact Mike on 07538835581. I hope you enjoy my Blog

Mike with Rocky, an 18 month old male Harris Hawk.

Izzy a 4 year old Female Harris Hawk.

Mike with 1 of his Prize Ferrets.

Some of Mike's Ferrets.

A good warren near this bush

Mike and Kayleigh put the Ferrest to work.

Izzy was quickly on the Rabbit.

Izzy, swiftly Killed the Rabbit.

One of the Red kites disturbing Izzy.

Rocky a Typical young lad playing in puddles.

A young buck looking on.

A young male with 2 Doe's.

Two more Doe's of the young buck's Harem.

Deb and Mike Looking on at the Deer.

Does he really have to go back in?


Oh Mum, Can i have one pleeeeeeeeeeeeease?

Is he really going to have a bath?

Come on time for your bath.

oh ho.

Now he's filling the bath over there, umph.

Oh stop your moaning, you were the one playing in puddles.

Do you have to stare when i'm naked?

There you don't scrub up to bad.

Good Nite.

Thanks Mike.

 On the day out with Mike,  There was, My wife Debbie and my Granddaughter Kayleigh & Myself. Mike has permission to work 4 local farms near to Upavon, so he chose one local to me. We took out 4 Ferrets and Izzy & Rocky the two Harris Hawks. when we found a good Warren with a lot of rabbits Mike and Kayleigh set the Ferrets to work, very quickly there was a rabbit out and izzy was onto it, She swiftly killed her prey, but she was disturbed by 5 Red Kites, so we left the warren once we recovered Rocky from playing in the puddles. On the way back we came across some deer. There was a buck and four Doe's oblivious of us looking down on them, untill we startled a young rabbit. Time to leave the Deer and Get a young Ferret smelling Kayleigh home, so lets get the ferrets back into there boxes & wash the birds off. My wife, Deb, Kayleigh and I would just like to say a very big thanks to Mike for a Great day. If you would like to see more of the Hawk Experience day please visit my Flickr gallery.

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 17:28

What a great outing & experience! Nice pictures there. Thanks for sharing.

Bryan L.

"Few Women Admit Their Age, Few Men Act Theirs." Big smile

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 18:28

I was rooting for the rabbit!! Lol.  An interesting day out and thanks for doing the photoblog.  Another first on Fuji.


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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 18:30

Hi Bryan, many thanks for your  comments, i have only had the camera for just over a month, i have been interested in photography for many years and had SLR'S in the past but i could never grasp them and suffered with hundreds of under exposed pictures, but with the s4000 i have been completely blown away,  hope to see you again , 

Regards, Trev.

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 18:32

Hi Steve, Many thanks for your comments, It really was a great day, and your suggestion ref my links in my signature worked, regards, Trev.

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 18:56

Great blog. Looked an interesting day out.


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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 19:04

Hi Ray, Many thanks for your comments, 

Regards, Trev

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 19:24

A great blog on an interesting subject,well done thanks for posting.


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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 19:48

Hi Ron, so glad you enjoyed it, it was really the first real time picture taking experience i have undertaken, so i am really pleased with the results, Thank you very much for your kind comments,

Regards, Trev 

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 20:00

Well done Trev. The hawks look like fantastic birds and you've shown what an interesting day out they can give. Nice one!


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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 20:18

Great mix of shots Smile


I have a new blog called ‘Sunny Day Out in Suffolk :)’ hope you like it !!! Please feel free to have a look and leave some comments/feedback as I love to hear from people from all around the world Smile




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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 20:19

Hi Alan, glad you enjoed it, had fun making the blog as well, i will have to make some more, I love your competion entry by the way, cheers Alan.

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Date Sat, 25/02/2012 - 22:10

Nice blog Trevor with some good shots.

I hope you don't mind me correcting you but the deer are Roe so the females are Does not Hinds.

Apart from that I really like the blog.


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Date Sun, 26/02/2012 - 18:12

Hi Jim, glad you liked m yblog, yeah no worries at all, we all learn something every day & i appreciate your corrections, i will correct them now. all the best Jim


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Date Wed, 29/02/2012 - 13:38

Great Blog Trev!! Lookls like you had a really fun day out Smile



Please take a look and let me know what you think, I need all of the advice I can get!! Smile


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Date Sun, 25/03/2012 - 21:09

Super blog Trev - sorry I missed it earlier! Sad What a marvellous opportunity it was for you to get some great close-up pics of Rocky and Izzy. It was really interesting to see Mike put them through their paces and then Rocky having a quick wash and brush-up afterwards. Bet you all had a really enjoyable time on that particular day out (apart from the poor old bunnies! LOL). I liked your deer pics as well. How good seeing so many - especially when you had your camera to hand, too. Thanks a lot for stopping by and having a look at my Muntjac pics - it's really nice of you. Cheers!

Di. Smile

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