An Encounter with Birds of Prey

Year 8 enjoyed a visit from Ian Patterson and his feathered friends. Ian introduced us to a barn owl, a long eared owl, a falcon and a kestral. We discovered that birds of prey use their amazing eyesight when hunting and that they kill their prey with their talons. Excellent hearing is also essential to seek out prey. They can hear a mouse’s heart beat from several feet away; they can even hear blood flowing through veins! We watched them feed on delicacies such as chicken’s eyes as they flew from Ian to pupils and teachers. We were intrigued to discover how a kestral can kill a pigeon and slice it up; some pupils were disappointed that this was not part of the demonstration while others were very relieved!