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Birds of Prey visit us...

We had some very special guests in school today when Alan "The Birdman" Ames brought in four birds of prey to meet us.....

The children were treated to stunning flying displays this morning by some visiting birds of prey; Cybil the Harris Hawk was the first to navigate the hall, swooping low over the excited audience. Next, we met Billy the Peregrine Falcon and learnt all about his adaptations which make him the fastest living thing on our planet.  In a dive, he can reach an astonishing speed of 240 mph! (Billy didn't fly for us today as space was limited for this exceptionally fast bird).  The next bird we met was a huge and beautiful Bald Eagle called Alaska. She glided around the hall to the delight of the children (and most of the adults). We learnt about her astonishing hunting techniques and how she glides across lakes plucking fish easily in her very sharp talons. Finally we met Sparky the Barn Owl. This nocturnal hunter flew around the hall so gracefully. We learnt about her amazing sense of hearing and her ability to fly silently to surprise her prey. It was a fascinating morning for everyone.

Our thanks go to Alan who runs the Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation in Kent; his wealth of knowledge about animals and conservation is inspirational.  Perhaps you'd like to visit and see more flying displays for yourself - you can find out more on their website: https://www.eagleheights.co.uk/

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