We have long had an interest in birds of prey and were fortunate enough to live in an area of Spain where we had many of the big ones and had a chance to observe them in the wild.
Eagles Flying is the Irish Raptor Research Centre and is run as a scientific sanctuary by a zoologist. It opened to the public in 1999 when it became apparent that there was public interest in birds of prey.
The centre has some 350 birds, some having come to the centre due to injury or neglect. Twice daily they fly the birds for the public.
|Harris Hawk on Laurens arm.|
This is a hawk that is often used by falconers, several have escaped in Ireland and breed with the buzzard which is a native bird, the off spring of this mating is naturally enough called a Hazzard.
There were many children there and were captivated by all the birds especially as they got to hold some of them and were able to stroke them as well.
|A thing of beauty, the Barn Owl.|
|Native long eared owls.|
A lovely afternoon out followed by an excellent meal at the Purple Onion Restaurant in Termonbarry, Co. Roscommon.
This is a restaurant that takes pride in serving Irish produced food, it has an extensive menu which is changed according to season and availability. Every thing fresh and simply served.
|Gloucester Old Spot Pork with Colcannon.|
|Walnut Whip with home made Iced Cream.|