We have just had a truly memorable day at Talon Falconry, Lightwater Valley, near Ripon North Yorkshire. I booked an "Owl Experience" as a birthday present for my partner and as there was an offer available at the time of booking, I was able to share the experience. From the moment we arrived at the centre, Chris, the owner, welcomed us enthusiastically & immediately took us to meet the owls we would be handling. Spud the Little Owl, Sweep the Tawny Owl and Jaye the hybrid European Eagle Owl. They were all sitting on their individual blocks next to a new addition to the collection Bumble the baby Tawny Owl that had been found on the ground having fallen from a tree & had happily been adopted by Chris so that it will have a happy protected life. Chris has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Birds of Prey and chats away whilst instructing you how to hold the birds correctly. The three owls we handled were absolutely gorgeous birds, full of character and very tame when treated correctly. We were encouraged to take our own photos throughout the visit & there was no pressure to sign up to adopt a bird - in fact that wasn't mentioned by Chris or Phil his colleague, until I asked about it. The second part of the experience was flying one of the Barn Owls, Cybil, which was great as she is a" celebrity owl" used to performing regularly as a ring bearer at weddings!!!! When the hour had elapsed we looked at all the other birds in the sanctuary as well as the snakes of which Buster the python was the most impressive. We had a look around the shopping village but made sure that we returned to Talon Falconry for the 2pm display which showcased a Barn Owl, Harris Hawk and Eagle Owl. Chris encouraged audience participation & it was great to see so many small children volunteering to fly the Harris Hawk.
We cannot praise Talon Falconry highly enough. Chris & his team deserve great success - their warmth and enthusiasm is infectious and I would urge anyone staying in the area to make time to visit this impressive living attraction.
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