Steppe Eagle

Saturday November 19, 2011

Comments 14

 I would like to start introducing the birds to everyone, So I thought I would start with Al, my Steppe Eagle. Al is captive bred from Austria and was imported to England around six years ago to be part of a breeding pair in Preston.

In the time Al spent with his new mate all they seemed to do is quarrel, fight, damage feathers and not have any chicks at all, not even any eggs! Someone decided eventually to have the pair DNA sexed and what do you know?

They were both boys!

 No wonder the fourfold outcome was what it was, anyway Albert was replaced with a female Steppe Eagle and this pair have gone on to have fertile eggs and young, one of which went to Chris at Hawk Experience (Warwick Castle) and another young female called Stella that stayed at home, Turbury Woods in Preston.

 So Al came to live with me here at Leighton Hall, not this summer but last.What an honour to be entrusted with the welfare of this beautiful Eagle, thanks Andy.

 I started manning (taming and re-training) him straight away and he was flying free in my demonstrations for the remainder of that summer season.

 Al did not seem to like doorways when he arrived so first of all began the process of re-adjusting his mindset to one that accepted doors, and going through them, this was not easy to start but I got there in the end, having found out what Al's favourite meals are by trial and error, the best way to an Eagle's heart, his stomach.

 Al has proved to be a great working bird, one that can be trusted given the right enviroment and routine.I gave Al the winter off that first season to build up his reserves and encourage the moult and feather growth, his tail needed the rest and he came out of this winter rest period twice the bird he was, both in confidance, feathers and flying ability.

 I have flown Al again this summer season and he is still coming on leaps and bounds, the visitors here at Leighton have enjoyed seeing Al fly and have all enjoyed hearing his story.

 Al is again enjoying a winter rest period, stuffing himself on squirrells, growing the rest of his feathers back and bathing a lot.

 Its great to be able to restore the old Leighton motto - WHERE EAGLES FLY.


14 Comment(s)

andrew bilsborough ...
Hi Jim, So glad your taking great care of Al for me, Your love and bond with him shines with a deep passion. Keep up the good work, You never know you may have a new friend up there with you soon. All the best ANDY
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Bill Schofield ...
Hi Jim Thank you for the info re your web site. Looks great we hope to maybe return and spend a day or so with you and your wonderfull birds. Keep up the good work and see you soon. All the best to you 2012 Bill Schofield
December 21, 2011 20:12
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