A birthday voucher for a 2-hour Falconry Experience is what brought me to the Scottish Deer Centre on a beautifully blue-and-gold autumn morning - that, and the excuse of research for a book about a Viking boy and an eagle. Please don't wait for any such excuse - go now and be as happy as when the writing is going really, really well - yes, flying falcons is THAT good!
You would not believe how beautiful her plummage is close up!
Squeak - a prince among birds.
Bengal owl - she of the fluffy pantaloons. (That's the bird I'm talking about.)