En­counter with wild hunters

Landscape (UK) - - Reader's Letters -

Ear­lier this sum­mer, I en­joyed a fal­conry ex­pe­ri­ence as a 70th birthday present from my son and daugh­ter. While walk­ing through a wood­land in the grounds of a beau­ti­ful cas­tle, a goshawk glided swiftly through the trees above me, swoop­ing and div­ing with in­cred­i­ble ac­cu­racy and pounc­ing on any­thing that moved in the un­der­growth. Later, un­der the watchful eye of an ex­pe­ri­enced fal­coner, a barn owl flew silently over my head and landed on my gloved hand, grate­ful for the tasty morsels on of­fer. Hav­ing the chance to see these amaz­ing preda­tors up close was truly mag­i­cal and proves you are never too old to learn some­thing new about na­ture. Joan Brown, East Sus­sex

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